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Art exhibit opens Friday

Released: 04/27/2006

A retrospective exhibit of Louisiana landscape painters titled “Everybody Who Was Anybody” will be on display at the LSUA University Gallery beginning Friday.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

An informal recital from 6-6:30 p.m. Friday features Lindsay Braun on the clarinet and Melva Villard on the piano. Braun is a junior at Northwestern State University majoring in clarinet performance. Villard is director of music at St. Rita Catholic Church and teaches music courses at LSUA.

The exhibit represents a collaborative venture, drawing from the permanent collections of both LSUA and the Alexandria Museum of Art.

It represents a period from the early 20th century to the early 21st century. According to University Gallery Director Roy de Ville, many state and regional artists share a deep concern for the Louisiana coastline, which is shrinking at an alarming rate despite recent efforts from the federal government to try to save our coastlands. Artists often see this effort as a “too-little, too-late” situation, he said. As a result, their paintings confront both the beauty and the tragedy of the Louisiana landscape.

The featured artists are de Ville, Bill Iles, Larry Leach, Rhea Gary, Elemore Morgan and Allison Stewart.