A look at upcoming River Region Art Association events


Mixing Art with Coffee

River Region Art Association member and local artist/instructor Wendy Hazey will be showcasing some of her students as they conduct demonstrations in graphite and oil at CC’s Community Coffee on Airline Hwy in Prairieville on Saturdays from Jan. 21-Feb. 25,  from 10 a.m.-noon.
 The  younger students will be working on a Manet master study in graphite. The overall purpose of the exercises are to teach the students how to break down the color seen in the image into value to create form.  Manet is chosen for his loose brushstroke technique, which makes it easier for the students  to see the breakdown in color and value. Hazey's students range in age from 6-16: Doris Xu, Joy Fu, Linda Yu, Alexander Wu, Hannah Cheng and Ziying He... Some additional works will be displayed by the students during the demonstrations.
River Region Artists also have a rotating adult art display hanging at CC’s.  Adult art demonstrations are also presented at the Coffee House on various weekends.

Photo Contest

Lights! Cameras!  Action!   Get ready to compete with your best photography of the last year in the River Region Art Association’'s annual Click Art Show.  The theme is “The Best of the River Region: Promoting Tourism in Ascension Parish and the Surrounding Parishes.”  This encompasses many wonder-ful sights all with that special Louisiana flair! The subject matter can be any events, people, places, or things that best represent all that our community has to offer guests and visitors to our area.  The show for this event will be on display Feb. 3 through Feb. 24, at the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission Office, located at 6976 Hwy 22 in Sorrento, directly across from the Cajun Village near the intersection of Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 70.
The goal of the RRAA for this Click Art Show is to work with the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission to promote tourism in the region by finding the best images, that represent  all of the best that the River Region has to offer their guests and visitors.  RRAA also desires to inspire and promote civic pride and participation in the arts amongst the youth and artists living within the community.
The contest is open to adults 18 and above to compete in two divisions: Black & white photography  or Color photogra-phy.  The entry fee is $5 per photo or three for $10.  This will be a judged show.  Prizes and ribbons will be awarded in each division: $75-1st; $50-2nd; and $25-3rd  with Honorable Mention.  Youth, age 17 and under, will have the opportunity to show their talent with photography with one entry FREE.  Any additional entry will be $5 or 3 for $10. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and HM in Youth category.
Images must be new photos taken within 2011-12 in or around Ascension Parish and surrounding parishes. Images can be no smaller than 5x7 framed and no larger than 16x20 frames.  Images can be presented framed or on canvas with wire on back for hanging.  Photography may be traditional or contemporary.
 Art take in will be Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at the Ascension Parish Tourism Center on Hwy. 22, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The show will be on display until Saturday, Feb. 25  with the  awards given from 1-3 p.m. at the closing reception.  A special exhibit for all fourwinners from each category will be held at CC’s Community Coffee on Airline Hwy in Prairieville, LA during the entire month of March.  The winning artists will be acknowledged in the Gonzales Weekly Citizen, the Advocate Ascension edition, RRAA Facebook and on the RRAA website at www.artgumbo.org .  Contact Chairpersons Deborah Bianchetti or Michael Bianchetti with any questions at 673-5007.

Youth Oil Painting

River Region Art Association will offer Classical Oil Painting classes for youth ages 8-18 with instructor  Wendy Hazey beginning Feb. 9.   Classes will be held at the RRAA Art Gumbo Center located at 1835 N. Magnolia Ave. in Gonzales on Thursday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m.  Students will learn classical art techniques as well as the principals and elements of design.  Class fee is $25 weekly plus supplies.  For more information about registration call Ms Wendy at 225-907-6302.

Stretch Your Imagination

River Region Art Association offers a unique adult class to stretch your imagination with instructor, Robin Rotolo to be held on Thursdays, Feb. 9, 16, and 23, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.  This fun adventure will grow your ability to see objects with your imaginary powers.  The fee for this series of three classes is only $30.  An unusual list of items for students to bring  include, Lactite super glue, baggie of small rocks, baggie of sticks, a 12x12 board to work on.....cardboard or plastic.  What can your imagination do with such a mixture?  This could be the art therapy you are looking for.  Call Robin at 225-717-7178 to register for this mystery class!

Adult Painting Classes

Ongoing Adult Painting classes will resume at River Region Art Association in February with Jan Hebert instructing.  Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 at the RRAA Art Gumbo Center located at 1835 N Magnolia Ave in Gonzales.  Contact Jan at 225-933-1582 for registration information.