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This exhibit is inspired by Picasso and will feature over 20 artists. The Blue Period of Picasso is the period between 1900 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. Our artist reception is schedule for December 4, 2013
Additional highlights for the opening include a Special Guest performance by dancer Melissa Strain and music by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor. The Blue Period Exhibition will also mixes art and technology and displays QR codes (Quick Response Code) that unlock hidden pages on the Kress Gallery website.
For the first time patrons will be able to enter the gallery from Main Street for the Art Exhibition and Third Street where the entertainment performances will take place.
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Kress Gallery is a Baton Rouge based art gallery with a focus to present cutting-edge contemporary artwork from a large portfolio of local and regional known artists. We present a series of rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
Additional highlights for the opening include a Special Guest performance by dancer Melissa Strain and music by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor.
A Right to Paint the Blues
Gallery hosts exhibition inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period
By Mark Redmond
Posted Nov 27, 2013
Next Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Kress Gallery located in downtown Baton Rouge will hold a reception for the more than 20 artists currently displaying work in the gallery’s “Blue Period” exhibition.
“From 1900 to 1904, Picasso created his Blue Period, in all blue monochromatic colors with hints of warm colors,” said Kress Gallery Curator Christopher Turner. “What I wanted to do is reach out to friends in the arts community, fellow artists, top-tier, mid-career, and some beginning artists and do a variation on the Blue Period. You have people like your Alex Harvie and TJ Black, just to name a few, and you let them do their own unique styles with a blue period theme.”
Unlike Picasso’s Blue Period, however, the ongoing exhibition features more than merely paintings, as it also contains works of photography, sculpture, and various other kinds of media.
Alex Harvie, who is widely known for his live paintings of weddings and a large series using bonsai trees as the subject, has work on display.
“Alex,” Turner said, is “a top-tier regional artist. He uses oils and different textures. Alex is doing these new cloud formations, and the basis of the painting is clouds going into a circular motion. It hasn’t been seen a lot because of how broad and big his bonsai collection was. It’s very eye-catching and the sky draws you in.”
Among the beginning artists, Turner mentioned New Orleans native Jade Meyers, a painter and mixed-media artist who is soon to graduate from Southern University with a Fine Arts degree. According to the artist’s biography on her portfolio website, Meyers was the only freshman whose art was showcased in the 2010 Southern University Student Exhibition, and she placed first overall in the same exhibition in 2013.
Turner also spoke highly of Jacob Zumo, a contemporary Baton Rouge artist and painter with whom Turner has had a mentoring relationship for some time. 2013 has been a big year for Zumo: his first exhibit was at the Kress Gallery this summer, and the artist collaborated with DJ CMix to create a “speed painting” onstage at the Varsity Theatre for the Kevin Gates mixtape release concert. Following the shooting of regional hip-hop artist Lil Snupe in June, Zumo created a piece in his honor for Meek Mill, who signed Snupe to his record label Dream Chasers mere months before. The portrait garnered interest, and Zumo was ultimately tapped to create art for J. Cole as well, gaining further popularity. In August, Zumo participated in the MTV VMA Awards’ “Icons & Idols” event, creating three live paintings of P!nk, Janelle Monae, and Nervo.
“I have another artist, her name is Sarah Amacker,” Turner said, who is “graduating from LSU, working in silk screen prints. She’s just beginning her career and she’s just amazing with things that she is able to do. She makes almost like a pop art of sorts in the way that she creates color blockage.”
Turner mentioned some of the early promotional art for the exhibition, which featured Amacker’s work, an image of “father and son tying a tie.”
“It’s a real moment that I know a lot of men could relate to, but the way she did it, it creates a fine piece of artwork. I think you will see a lot from her in the near future.”
In addition to the aforementioned artists, Kress Gallery’s Blue Period Exhibition also features work from Randell Henry, Taufeeq Muhammad, Veronica Carter, Collin Richie, J. Caroline Youngblood, Clay Judice, John Wax, TJ Black, Eric Brown, Kelly Guildry, Leetric Walker, Carrie Brantley, Julien Troullier, Patrick Tiek, Michael Decuir, Andrew Robertson, Regina Loch-Elvert, and Amy Harvie. The Kress Gallery is located at 447 Third Street, and the gallery entrance is on Main Street. The exhibition will continue through Jan. 10, and the Artist Reception will be held 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4. There is no cost to attend the event, but it is recommended that guests register to attend via www.EventBrite.com. The reception will also feature music performed by Betsy Williamson, Raina Wirta, and Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, as well as a dance performance by Melissa Strain. More information about the gallery can be found at www.KressGalleryBR.com.
– Mark “Boomer” Redmond