Promoting ‘Art’ in the community

Loveday Funck RRAA Publicity Chairman

River Region Art Association is on a mission to promote art within the community by encouraging creativity at all levels and for all ages.

March into Art – This is a call from River Region Art Association to area students for artwork for the March Into Art Youth Show 2015. The exhibition is held March 20-28 at the RRAA Depot Gallery at 1008 W. Hwy. 30 in Gonzales, across from St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Entries are judged by age divisions of 6 - 11 and 12 - 17, and by categories of Paintings, Drawings, and Three-Dimensional. Entry fees are $1.00 each, with a limit of three per category per person. Take in for the art is Friday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to the Closing Reception held on Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at which time the prizes are awarded.

To receive an entry form visit the RRAA Depot Gallery or download one at The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the RRAA office at 225-644-8496.

Also on March 28 is the River Region Art Association Easter Egg Hunt. Held at the Depot Gallery from 1 to 3 p.m., the event is free and open to the public.

Want to learn watercolor? There are still a few openings left for with renowned artist Louise Hanson. She will be teaching a two day en plein air workshop on watercolor at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens on March 25 and 26.

Come explore seeing and creating nature in new and exciting ways. We will be working with landscapes, "outdoor still life" and even introducing life (birds, animals, etc.) into your paintings if you chose.

Emphasis will be creating texture, how to move paint around on your paper to enhance design. Using color to create depth and interest. We will even cover making corrections. It will be 2 packed days, but it will be fun!

The first day, in the interest of saving time, you will be provided an outline of a landscape that can be transferred to a quarter sheet of watercolor paper, either by light box or transfer paper.

$150 for both days, includes lunch at fabulous Cafe Burnside at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.

Class meets from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Advanced registration required. Please come by our Depot Gallery at 1008 W Hwy 30 in Gonzales, Wed - Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for registration and supply list.

Recycled Art Auction Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge held its annual Recycled Art Auction Reception last Thursday, March 5. It's a wonderful event as local artists create works of art using recycled materials found at the Habitat for Humanity store. The works of art went on display and then up for bid with all of the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

Many of our artist member participated in the event with a reception held at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

River Region Art Association member, Mark Erwin, won first prize with his encaustic wax piece, “River Habitat”.

The association’s Depot Gallery is located at 1008 W. Hwy 30 in Gonzales, LA. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information on these events, contact the association at 225-644-8496 or rraa&