Location: 1003 E. St. Mary Blvd. Lafayette, LA
Open Saturday, November 23rd, 10am-5pm &
Sunday November 24th, 12pm-5pm
Seven artist working together in water media, oils and acrylics. They include Vaughan Simpson, Jean Kreamer, Tom Powers, Susan Hamilton, Tod Zimmerman, Gail Smith and Beth Thomas.
Susan Howe Hamilton -
Susan grew up near Seattle, but found her way to Louisiana. Both locations find their influence in her watercolor art in motifs and abstracts based on nature, music, and the family table. Shapes of trees in the landscape evoke the essence of place and the passage of time. Live oaks in south Louisiana can live for hundreds of years, surviving storms and human encroachment on their territory. Susan aims to express the music of these trees so loved by the humans who live near them. It’s no secret that food is part of living in Acadiana. Susan learned to make gumbo as an adult, but she has been baking blackberry pies since childhood. The shape of the pies Susan paints, the color of the filling, and the enticing dribbles on a plate invite you to come to the table and join in the feast of life.
Jean Kramer -
A native of Breaux Bridge spending her youth in Franklin LA, Dr Jean Thibodeaux Kramer was a member of the ULL faculty and staff for forty years. She’s studied extensively with Robert Guthrie, David Kessler, Bryan LaFaye Mark Richard among others. Kreamer continues her watercolor work with enthusiasm
Tom Powers is a water media artist who focuses primarily on the landscapes of Louisiana and the South. Although largely self-taught, he has enjoyed his workshop experiences with Robert Guthrie, a New Orleans artist. He has also had the opportunity to paint with world renowned watercolorist Ron Ranson in his studio in Portland, Oregon. Powers early works were oil paintings. His current works are mostly in transparent watercolor and occasionally in acrylics. Many of his Louisiana landscapes are characterized by a misty softness in a somewhat minimalist style. He thinks this style best represents the soft atmosphere of Louisiana that is so often present.
Vaughan Simpson -
Gail Smith -
A Lafayette native, Elizabeth (Beth) Thomas paints representational art work as well as abstracts in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and most recently encaustics. Her award winning work is held in private collections from Arizona to Texas and Virginia. Locally it may be seen at the Gallery of LAA, the ACA, The Frame Shop and Gallery 912, Achilles Print Studio, and of course, at Bayouside Studio.
I’m a novice. Started painting in studio this July. Most works are studies from master like, Sargent and Edgar Wesson. "When I am painting, I’m in my bliss”