Saturday, January 2, 2010

"12 months, 12 fantastic pieces of art" Part 2

Happy New Year!
Wow...2009 is gone, baby gone. Here's to a healthy, happy, prosperous, and most of all, art-filled 2010!

For Part 2 of "12 months, 12 fantastic pieces of art", I am featuring 1 photograph and 5 paintings-4 of the 6 are pieces that were in shows I curated for Gallery at City Club and 2 paintings were discovered while enjoying a few days in Seaside, FL, in July.

Enjoy my selections...and look for many posts in 2010 featuring art from all over the South-
All the best-

JOYCE LINDE: Featured May 31st, 2009

California native Joyce Linde lives and works in Lafayette. Multi-talented, Joyce produces as many paintings as she does photographs. In May of this past year, Joyce participated in a group show at Dunn's Designs which is where the below photograph was on display.
Photographs and paintings by Linde are currently at Gallery at City Club in Lafayette (until next Saturday) and Jefferson Street Market's gallery will feature Joyce in the Spring.

Joyce Linde


Toned, Silver Gelatin Photograph (ed. 2/45)

20" x 20" photograph matted and framed in 3" frame

photograph only, $600.00
framed photograph, $900.00

to purchase or see more work by Joyce Linde, contact

LUE SVENDSON: Featured July 2nd, 2009

The name Lue Svendson and her gallery Rue du Pont Galerie et Studio have appeared quite a few times on my blog. That is because Lue is an exceptionally talented painter and in 2009 her months old gallery in Breaux Bridge became the hottest gallery in the Lafayette area.
Lue's colorful and precise paintings are just a teaser of the good work that can be found at "Rue du" (as those of us in the fold like to call it)...Because of Lue and her gallery and stable of fine artists, Breaux Bridge has become a destination!

The piece "Contemporary Twilight" is quite different from a typical Lue Svendson painting. Abstract is not what Lue generally does. But Lue used her talent as a "masterful colorist" (as a collector friend refers to her) ,which appears in all of her work, with great success in this now lives happily on the walls of a design clients home in Lafayette after it was purchased from Gallery at City Club where Lue showed in July/August/September.

Lue Svendson

Contemporary Twilight

Oil on Canvas

SOLD to a design client of mine

ERIN CHANCE FENSTERMAKER: Featured July 2nd, 2009

One of my main goals with this blog is to introduce you to hot, up and coming artists..Erin Chance Fenstermaker is THAT! I first met Erin about 2 years ago through Mallory Chastant (THE hot, up and coming artist). Erin was still living in Houston and working at the wonderful McClain Gallery there.
Since moving back to Lafayette (where she is from originally), Erin has focused on painting and is creating paintings with energy, vibrancy, and soul.

Buy her work now! It is still very affordable and after the successful 2009 that Erin realized in shows at Tsunami, Gallery at City Club, and The Big Easel, 2010 will most certainly see an increase in prices when her newest body of work is debuted at Rue du Pont Galerie (see above) in Breaux Bridge this month.

Erin Chance Fenstermaker

Landmarks I, 2008

Oil on Canvas

30" x 36"

$500.00, unframed

available from Gallery at City Club (RiverSpa space)
to purchase, contact

While enjoying a few days in Watercolor/Seaside, FL in July, I happened upon two venues in Seaside that feature great art. 119 Quincy Circle in Seaside, under the direction of Sylvia Forbes, had paintings by 4 or 5 artists when I was there. I quite liked the work of two of the artists represented there including Dean Bentley (see below).
At Pizitz Home & Cottage, I fell hard for the encaustic pieces by Maralyn Wilson.
Seaside is a beautiful, beautiful place and I look forward to returning there..(and hopefully bringing some of my favorite artists to a new market!)..(and hopefully purchasing some art that already exists there for clients)

DEAN BENTLEY: Featured August 23rd, 2009

This is one of the pieces I should NOT have let get away..a beautiful little painting that reminded me of Central Park in New York..perfect in scale and color and nicely framed in a simple floater frame, a look I love.

Dean Bentley lives in Georgia and is represented by galleries in Atlanta, Savannah, Fairhope, AL, and Seaside, FL (119 Quincy Circle)..wait, sounds like Dean has it all figured out if he is showing in 3 of my favorite places and Fairhope, which is on my list of places to see in 2010..(meet me at the Grand Hotel, anyone?)

Dean Bentley

SOLD at 119 Quincy Circle, Seaside, FL

MARALYN WILSON: Featured August 23rd, 2009

My other big discovery in Seaside: the encaustic pieces by Maralyn Wilson at Pizitz Home & Cottage..
Encaustic work was first shown to me by Bonnie Camos, a great Lafayette artist..There's something about it that I just love..the depth, texture I guess

When I was at Pizitz in July, there were 6 pieces on display by Maralyn Wilson, a Birmingham, AL based artist. I liked all 6 very much. I particularly like the way that Susan Byrd at Pizitz opted to display the pieces on the fantastic easel. It allows one to see them at table-top level and really appreciate the texture of the pieces.

Maralyn Wilson

Encaustic on Wood

12" x 16"


to purchase, contact Susan Byrd at Pizitz Home & Cottage at

JULIE BREAUX: Featured September 25th, 2009

Lafayette artist Julie Breaux has been successful for several years now painting constantly and being featured in many shows throughout Louisiana..But, 2009 was her best year yet! Showing in New Orleans for the first time in a solo show at Ariodante Gallery was a big highlight and The Big Easel in the Spring was tres, tres good for Julie. I included Julie's paintings in the first group show I curated for Gallery at City Club. The piece featured here was my favorite from the show and a client of mine from Chicago purchased it for their house in Holland, MI that I am helping them with.

Julie Breaux's paintings are currently featured in Lafayette at Jefferson Street Market, Gallery at City Club, & Rue du Pont Galerie et Studio.

Julie Breaux

Lady Blue

Acrylic on Canvas

SOLD to a design client of mine for their house in Holland, MI