47th Annual River Road Show - 2016

A National Juried Exhibition

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

September 6 - September 28, 2016

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

Entry Deadline: June 13, 2016

Judged by Bill Farnsworth

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Current Theatre Exhibit

Old Masters Members Show

May 12 - July 14

Reception on June 5

Independence Park Theatre

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Oyster Gatherers of Cancale by Annette Melancon after John Singer Sargent

Featured Artist

Adrian Deckbar - interviewed by Trish Poynot

Adrian Deckbar headshot

Adrian Deckbar, born and raised in New Orleans, began drawing as a little kid, and can't remember a time in her life when she did not draw. She was greatly influenced by her older sister who at 18 studied art at McCrady's and wanted to become an artist. At about 9 years old, Adrian began studying and copying her sister's lessons. Her sister encouraged her in her art, as did her mom and others, and Adrian was often taken to galleries and museums from about 9 or 10 years of age. Multi-talented as Adrian is, she began studying violin and voice in Lafayette School in New Orleans. At the age of 14, she performed Bach's Concerto for 2 Violins D Minor on violin before an audience one thousand strong. She continued with her music through high school and won a music scholarship to college. But art won out over music! Adrian went on to pursue art in college, first at SLU, Southwestern in Lafayette (now called ULL), and then later at San Francisco State University in California. There, Adrian met her biggest inspiration in Robert Bechtle, considered one of the earliest photorealists. Bechtle overlooked Adrian's work and advised her to begin to create series of works tied together or related via theme, color or subject matter. Until then, Adrian's work was "scattered" - lots of non-related subjects, all different mediums. Nearly all of Adrian's work embodies a certain photoreal quality.

Girl Sketching on the Pont Des Arts by Adrian Deckbar

The works of Michelangelo mesmerized Adrian, as did those of Albrecht Durer and Edgar Degas, and she came to appreciate the purity of the simple marks they made in their drawings - never utilizing erasers, which hadn't yet even been invented! Originally, and for thirty-five years, Adrian worked from life, models and photographs, her paintings having evolved since early 2000s from mostly figures in everyday backgrounds and situations, to nature scenes mainly from area bayous, swamps and woods. Suddenly, nature just came alive to her in a new way, and she could no longer paint in her old way - painting the figure indoors from life and photos just no longer peaked her interest the way it once had. Her works created from nature scenes are very vibrant and life-like renderings of the primal places where you can hear the animals and the birds and reach out and touch nature - Adrian loves and appreciates these and wants to replicate and share them with others before they become extinct.

Adrian says her favorite artist changes a lot - she has no current favorite. Rather, she is looking with "fresh eyes" trying to be open to abstract and interpretive, not coming only from realism.

Louisiana Oak by Adrian Deckbar

No two-dimensional medium is foreign to Adrian: etching, lithograph, wood cuts, drawing, oils, acrylics, gouache, tempera, watercolor, pastels - you name it! Although she no longer works in oils due to health issues, that remains her favorite medium because of its richer pigments, the control you can maintain due to open working time, and its vibrant colors. She does still draw, mostly preliminary work, and the ebony graphite pencil is her favorite.

How do you make time to create? One thing: you learn how to say "No." So many demands are made on your time; you can't do it all and shouldn't even try! Adrian schedules her work-day from 11 am to 7 pm, dinner at 8 pm, bed around midnight and up around 9 am. Between 9 and 11 am, she does her emails, business, phoning, etc. Then, from 11 - 7 she's "on-the-job" and doesn't answer phone or email or any unbidden intrusions, only taking necessary breaks to eat, etc. Oh, and she's off on weekends - she operates just like a business!

The Bluffs by Adrian Deckbar

Adrian's advice to artists just getting started would be: take classes, workshops, get advice, practice lots and be willing to make mistakes. Throw away the bad paintings, or paint over them, and keep the good. And by all means, avoid negative people and jealous people. Realize that we each have our own path, enjoy yours, without comparing yourself to others - it's not a race, we each get there in our own time.

Five things Adrian hopes to accomplish within five years are (1) get New Orleans studio in shape, "happy, productive and humming along in a good way," (2) do some new work, non rectangular (e.g., trapezoidal but with rounded corners), (3) work in pastels again in a big way with no allergic reaction, (4) have another one-person show in 2017 and (5) go to Europe again and visit the Old Masters and be part of the legacy of art and of art history.

At our own Studio in the Park on May 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Adrian will instruct a pastels workshop: "Popping Up Your Color in Pastel" - Come join us, and learn tricks and techniques for creating pastel paintings that pop!

Upcoming Events

Old Masters Members Show Reception

June 5, 2-4pm

Independence Park Theatre

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Betty Gravois Acrylic Classes

June 7-28, 6-9pm

Studio in the Park

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River Road Show Deadline

June 13

Enter Online, or postmarked

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Kathy Miller Stone - Pouring Watercolor Workshop

June 16-18

Studio in the Park

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Picture Day

June 19

Studio in the Park

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Drawing Classes

Steve Shamburger

July - Drawing Caricatures

Mondays, May 2 - June 6 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Early Bird (until June 27): $120 LAAG members / $120 nonmembers
Regular Fee: $140 LAAG members / $140 nonmembers

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

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

caricature 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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