River Region Art Association has grand opening for the Depot Art Gallery

Darian Graivshark
Members of the River Region Art Association, the Ascension Chamber, Gonzales Council, friends, and family line up the celebrate the ribbon cutting.

Founded in 1993, the River Region Art Association is the area's leading regional art organization.

There are two galleries that feature over thirty local artists. The Depot Gallery is the association's primary location for many of the workshops, classes, receptions, resource library information, as well as office space areas.

On November 29, the River Region celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Depot Art Gallery, which is located at 320 E. Ascension St. in Gonzales, Louisiana.

During the celebration, there was a quartet called Serenity that provided music. Refreshments were also served throughout. To make themselves stand out, they have colorful ornaments hanging on their trees outside. Holly Stone-Barker, Illustrator for The House That Santa Built, was present during the event to do a book signing.

"The illustrations start out as paper," she said. "I draw the characters and shapes, color it, then cut it out. It's a cut paper collage. So, I put everything together to create an image, then it's scanned to be printed on the book."

The annual Santa Workshop also opened at the gallery. During this time, you can browse a wide selection of gifts for Christmas, as well as Christmas decorations. Every item in the gallery is created by local artists, making each one of them unique. There are ornaments, jewelry, journals, cards, recycled glassware, paintings, and photographs to choose from.

The Depot Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

After the ribbon cutting, Mayor Arceneaux said, "I know this gallery will bring joy to Gonzales. It's in a great location, too."

"I'm so proud to see how the depot has grown," Ascension Parish Public Information Officer Martin McConnell said. "All of the art is so great because it's done by locals and has local scenery. They aren't bad prices, either. I challenge everyone who has a home or works in an office to come out and purchase something from here to hang on their wall."

Scot Byrd, Chief Administrative Officer and City Clerk for Gonzales, said, "I would love to see the association have their first art show at the new Conference and Convention Center that we will be voting for on December 8."

The River Region Art Association's mission is to bring artists and art advocates together to improve public awareness of all art forms. The association supports local artists, promotes the arts in the community, and provides educational opportunities for emerging and established artists, students, and the general public.

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