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Bowman chosen RRAA Artist of the Month

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Carolyn Bowman has been chosen River Region Art Association’s Artist of the Month for April. Above, Bowman applies paint on a child during RRAA Children’s Creativity Day March 28.

Carolyn Bowman has been chosen River Region Art Association’s Artist of the Month for April.

Her artworks will be on display until April 30 at the Gonzales RRAA Gallery, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

She describes herself as a “Jack of all trades and master of none.” “I am totally right brained and engaging in any form of art is right up my alley,” states Bowman.

She claims that like many hyperactive right brained people, she will try one art form at a time and when she has done that for a while she finds something else that pulls her interest and time. 

As a preacher’s daughter, she grew up in the church and music was her first love. She was given a paint by number painting set and surprise. She found out why one might want to put a strange color in a funny place on the picture for depth and shading. She took minors in art and music in college and began to try out theater. She began painting in oil for fun during and after college.

Career, marriage and children filled Bowman’s life during her middle age, but there was always one form of art or another. She did ceramics because they make good gifts and saved her money at Christmas. She began making ‘Gingerbread Houses’ for her two boys for their school classes.

This is one of her art forms that has lasted and improved over the years. She has won several gingerbread house competitions and has taught this art at LSU and at RRAA.

She was in the Baton Rouge Little Theater and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society for all sorts of theater activities from painting sets and sewing costumes to acting and singing.

She has studied oil painting, drawing, Chinese Ink painting, watercolor, stained glass, pen and ink, carving decoys, and even Dulcimer Playing.

Since moving to Prairieville in 2005, Bowman joined River Region Art Association, got involved with the Ascension Community Theatre, and still works with the Baton Rouge Little Theater when she gets a chance.

She enjoys getting involved in the community activities that River Region Art Gallery presents through the year. She recently painted faces at the Children's Creativity Day at the Gallery.

In addition, she is now painting in acrylics with Michelle Conque at Merging of the Arts in Denham Springs. She also continues learning by taking a variety of River Region Art Classes.

Bowman admits she will never be a “master” artist, but she really loves expressing her creative side.

Come see how well she does just that at the River Region Art Gallery this month.