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Thursday, May 30, 2013

East Bank Gallery Su Stella & Caroline Youngblood

The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artists Su Stella and Caroline Youngblood. Their artwork will be on display in East Bank Gallery from June 1 through June 29th with a reception on June 8th from 3-6pm.

Su Stella graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 1988. She spent years traveling the world and making art. She lived in Biloxi when hurricane Katrina hit, after that she moved to Shreveport.  From paintings, soap and jewelry the girl from Boston embraced her new home state and released her inner Cajun.  Currently she is painting on canvas as well as glass. These projects range from jewelry to layered glass paintings as well as paintings on canvas. She has also been a writing a monthly column for Louisiana Road Trips since 2006.
“For several years I have been experimenting with different glass techniques and I have been painting on canvas too. It’s been great to have the space to be able to work whenever I want. This has opened my art vocabulary, and expanded my portfolio. My painting style has taken a big leap recently, whether I am working on multi levels of painted and embellished glass or on flat canvases my art celebrates layers of Louisiana inspired images.  My palette has brightened and I feel like I have been really finding my voice. This state is full of lively, spicy flavor and that is what I am trying to convey.”

Caroline Youngblood grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton, Louisiana. She attended LSU where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Youngblood pursued graduate work at Syracuse University, New York, and received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech. Her series Riverton, 1937 will be on display for this exhibition.
“Riverton, 1937 is a series of drawings and paintings rendered from a 1937 family film. The monochromatic footage was shot 75 years ago on and around our farm in Riverton, Louisiana. I choose certain snapshots from the film for their haunting nature and painterly qualities, juggling reality and abstraction, to produce a story of the recorded past. These paintings were during a three month residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay-sur-Seine, France (CAMAC).”

The East Bank Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council is committed to promoting art work of regional artists. It is located in BAC headquarters at 630 Barksdale Blvd. right off of     I-20. You can visit the gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm or by appointment.

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