47th Annual River Road Show - 2016

A National Juried Exhibition

Takin' the Shortcut, Jane Flowers, RRS First Place 2015

September 6 - September 28, 2016

LA State Archives Gallery

Reception: September 22, 5:30-7:30pm

Judged by Bill Farnsworth

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Current Theatre Exhibit

Summer Judged Show

July 14 - Septmeber 15

Judged by Larry Casso

Reception on August 7

Independence Park Theatre

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  • 1st Place: Jo Smith, Love & Protection
  • 2nd Place: Sarah Fergus, Thompson's Creek
  • 3rd Place: Marge Campane, Cavorting Cassia Corymbosa
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Tim Lloyd, Rory
    • Mary Sparkman, Mother's Day
  • First Place - Love and Protection by Jo Smith

    Love & Protection, Jo Smith

  • Second Place - Thompson's Creek by Sarah Fergus

    Thompson's Creek
    Sarah Fergus

  • Third Place - Cavorting Cassia Corymbosa by Marge Campane

    Cavorting Cassia Corymbosa
    Marge Campane

  • Honorable Mention - Rory by Tim Lloyd

    Tim Lloyd

  • Honorable Mention - Mother's Day by Mary Sparkman

    Mother's Day
    Mary Sparkman

Featured Artist

Bill Farnsworth, OPA - interviewed by Leah Schwartzman

headshot of Bill Farnsworth

Bill Farnsworth, the 2016 National River Road Art Show judge/juror for 2016, is a signature member of the Oil Painters of American (OPA), American Society of Marine Artist's and the American Society of Impressionists. He is a nationally recognized award winning oil painter having garnered awards of excellence from OPA National and Regional shows. Fine Art Views says, "Sensitive and full of human emotion, the heartfelt work of Farnsworth takes us to inner depths."

We asked Bill when and how he discovered his inner artist. His response was, "I guess when I started drawing on my bedroom walls at 3 years old. My Grandpa was a Lace Designer and gave me a roll of design paper … a graph on one side and pure white on the other … and I began drawing on paper instead of on walls." He said at 14 he learned that artists could make a living as an illustrator; artists such as, Walt Disney, Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and Bernie Fuchs influenced and inspired his passion for drawing.

Embraced by Bill Farnsworth

When Bill Farnsworth first became a professional artist, he was working full time as a Land Surveyor for his dad's business and spent nights and weekends on illustration assignments. It was a struggle to go full time (as a professional artist) but eventually became a reality. He graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design in 1980. Although his parents were supportive of his artistic endeavors, he says, there is no substitute for hard work … it's 90% of the equation. He said school was a good starting point but the real lessons came when he was a professional illustrator and his livelihood depended on meeting deadlines.

Bill continues to work hard, juggling his art-making with other parts of his business and home life; he has two daughters who are both very talented and have always been creative with making gifts for friends and family. He normally tries to get time at his easel, either outdoors or in the studio, 5-6 times a week … even if only for 2 hours for a quick study, or up to 10 hours depending on the size and nature of the work to be done.

On the Line by Bill Farnsworth

An illustrator for 34 years, Bill moved seamlessly into the fine art field; he primarily paints landscapes, occasionally placing a figure in the scene. Drawn to his subjects by "the light" - he says any subject matter, even garbage, can be a beautiful, interesting painting in the right light. He authored and illustrated a manuscript about the Florida Cowmen in hopes of getting it published, and illustrated more than 60 other children's books. He says oils have always been the most versatile medium for him to achieve what he desires in a painting. But he has also experimented with a combination of oil and pastel or using oils over an acrylic underpainting.

Bill shared a few insights other insights from his years of experience: He views "painter's block" periods as a time when things don't go well, your critical eye is saying you need to improve; it is a window for growth not depression.

Over the Bridge and to the Inn by Bill Farnsworth

If you feel there is just "something wrong" with a painting, it is most likely shapes, values, edges or color temperature. Painting from life/painting outdoors will make you a better painter in the studio because it requires you to edit out all the unnecessary stuff and get right to the essence of the subject. It helps one to understand how light behaves on the subject as it slowly changes. To beginning artists - "Think twice about a private art school, if you have to finance it" … check out my blog: "Dear Art Student" on my website, billfarnsworth.com.

Don't miss the opportunity to spend three days painting with Bill in his workshop … "Putting Light into Your Paintings," while he is here in Baton Rouge to judge the River Road Show!

Upcoming Events

Twilight Classic 5K

August 20

Kay Bailey for more info: or 225-343-3265

Picture Day

August 21

Studio in the Park

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River Road Show Take-in

September 1

LA State Archives

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Drawing Classes

Steve Shamburger

August - Drawing Portraits from Photos

Mondays, August 8 - September 12 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

$140 LAAG members / $140 nonmembers

To register contact Steve Shamburger at or 225-226-8990

Class Info | Steve's Website | Steve's LAAG Gallery

portrait sketch by Steve Shamburger

Life Drawing Sessions

Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $10.00 per night / $30.00 per month

Studio in the Park, 2490 Silverest Ave., BR

Sessions are open studio, no instruction provided.

Artists are invited to draw or paint a live model in different poses for various durations.

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