Baton Rouge Gallery spotlights latest works from Mary Ann Caffery, Amy James and Brian Kelly during August exhibition

Baton Rouge Gallery spotlights latest works from Mary Ann Caffery, Amy James and Brian Kelly during August exhibition
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POSTED: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 3:04pm

Beginning on Sunday, August 4, Baton Rouge Gallery ("BRG") will be filled with the latest works from three of its artist members: Mary Ann Caffery, Amy James and Brian Kelly. The three-person exhibition will be on display at BRG through August 29, 2013 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12:00 - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).

A ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Reception will be held at the gallery, located inside BREC’s historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on August 7, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.

On Sunday, August 11, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will offer an intimate look at the inspirations, techniques and thoughts that led to the works featured in the gallery. Each artist will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public.

Visitors to the exhibition will experience Caffery’s grainy photographic depiction of a "stage production" executed by egrets is the LSU Lakes, James’ autobiographical and photographic celebration of the trials of the past year of her life and Kelly’s chaotic but structured prints which reference how one can affect another’s personal environment.

Mary Ann Caffery – Vignettes: Out of the Darkness Into the Light

With "Vignettes: Out of the Darkness Into the Light," Mary Ann Caffery presents her first all-photography exhibition at BRG. Caffery has been using photography primarily as inspirations for her paintings and glass work for years, but this time around felt photography best portrayed her subject. The exhibition focuses on what the artist observed on a foggy Baton Rouge morning while walking around the popular LSU lakes. Having stumbled upon a subplot of egrets, she became consumed by what she "observed to be a surreal setting" that "looked like an ancient, choreographed stage production in which the birds were the actors, entering stage left, exiting stage right." In her photographs, she captured an atmosphere that is often grainy and portrays a sense of mystery and time standing still.

A BRG artist member since 1987, Caffery has studied with prominent designers and artists in the United States, France, Germany and Canada. Her work has been included in the Corning Museum's annual New Glass Review three times and is owned by museums in Japan, Germany and the US. Her mosaic work can be seen in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the Lafayette Regional Airport. She has also completed numerous stained glass works for public and private clients, including art for the 2nd District Police Headquarters in New Orleans. She is also artistic director of Caffery Gallery in Baton Rouge.

Amy James - Milestone

Amy James is one of the area’s most celebrated photographers, often balancing her work as a fine artist with work photographing families and individuals. With her latest BRG exhibition, "Milestone," she uses her camera lens to capture herself in arguably her most autobiographical collection to date. A series of jarring events experienced over the past year serve as the backdrop for the works which touch on everything from the artist’s coping with the declining health of her father, the disfigurement of one son, the near death of another, a marriage 25 years after her first among others. "Whether milestone or millstone, these life altering events ultimately mold and define who I am, as well as what I create."

A Baton Rouge Gallery artist member since 2003, James's shoots primarily in black and white, using silver and film. She was trained as a painter but was drawn to the darkroom upon learning it could create as much of a challenge as the empty canvas. She studied at LSU under Michael Crespo and Robert Hausey with Thomas Neff, her photography professor, perhaps being her greatest influence and mentor. She prefers to shoot while illuminating her subjects using only natural light and environments, a practice that helps capture the sitter as well as the viewer in her lens.

Brian Kelly – Migrations and Observations

With his latest BRG exhibition, "Migrations and Observations," printmaker Brian Kelly continues his playing of forms off of each other resulting in a "puzzling assortment of figures and shapes that move through an apparently irrational though structured world." His works are narrative in nature and reference impacted space, drawing influence from the relationships and awareness of one’s impact on another’s personal environment. While overflowing with imagery and seemingly chaotic, his works are always grounded in a strong sense of structural formalism and a pure love for the rendering of form.

A BRG artist member since 1996, Kelly received his Bachelors of Fine Art from Northern Illinois State University before completing his Masters of Fine Art studies at Louisiana State University in 1992. He studied non-toxic intaglio techniques at Frogman's Press at the University of South Dakota and plate, photoplate, and waterless lithography at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico. Since 1999, Kelly has been head of the printmaking program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he also serves as head of the Department of Visual Arts and is the UL Coca-Cola/BORSF Endowed Professor. He has published and been reviewed in over 27 publications, received numerous artistic and research grants in addition to curating and organizing numerous exhibitions throughout Louisiana and Canada.

For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery or this exhibition specifically, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.

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