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Ruston artists featured in University Gallery Show

Released: 02/13/2012

“Traditions for the 21st Century – Three Louisiana Realists” opened on February 12 in the University Gallery at LSU Alexandria. The show will continue through March 4, 2012. Featured artists are Peter Jones, Albino Hinojosa and Jerry Berg all of Ruston.

Peter Jones grew up in the artists’ community of Woodstock, New York, with parents who were both painters. After earning the Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa, Jones turned to realist painting. He has exhibited throughout the East Coast.

Hinojosa grew up in Texas and studied art at Texarkana College and East Texas State University. After graduation, he worked as a technical illustrator before coming to Louisiana in 1969 to teach. He retired from the faculty of Louisiana Tech University in 2000 and continues to paint from his studio in Ruston.

Berg works in traditional oils based on the old master techniques and uses wood panel for a higher level of detail. After a career in design, marketing and advertising for several Fortune 500 companies, he now teaches as part of the art faculty at Louisiana Tech.

According to Professor Roy deVille, these three artists often exhibit together. “…manifesting three different approaches to the same realist style,” deVille writes. “Each of the artists credits historical painting as inspiration for their contemporary works. Jones moves from the rich shadows of the old masters to the chromatic tones of the Impressionists. Hinojosa stresses composition, beginning his works with a design employing the Golden Proportion Theory. Berg takes delight in the merging of two worlds: composition based on painters of 350 years ago reflected in a strongly present-day work of art.”

The University Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

For more information about the exhibit, contact deVille at 318-473-6449.