I cannot believe it is already February and I am doing my first post of the year. I started the year off with a bang and spent January installing projects. One of the exciting January moments was the installation and opening of a show I curated for Lounge Gallery in Lafayette, LA. "Under 30: Louisiana's Fresh Crop of Talent" features ten young artists that I selected because I believe they are the next wave of brilliant Louisiana artists. Names that might not be familiar to you now but will certainly be soon.
|L to R: Dominique Begnaud, Connor McManus, Mallory Page|
Working with young artists is rewarding. To be a part of their journey from the beginning of their career is very exciting. The ten artists I selected range in age from 19-30 and are in different phases of their life as artists. A few are still in undergraduate school, some have recently finished school, and a couple are already living the life they were intended to live--that of a professional artist working in a studio and represented by galleries around the country.
|L to R: Erin Jagneaux, Mallory Page, Ryan Cormier, Cayla Zeek, Mark Rabalais|
|L to R: Kyte Aymond, Cayla Zeek, Connor McManus, Mallory Page|
The Independent Newspaper in Lafayette chose the show as its cover story for the January 18th issue in a story titled "Youth Culture":
I was interviewed for the story and asked how I selected artists for the show. My answer:
|L to R: Mark Rabalais, Forrest Montgomery, Mark Rabalais, Jacob Broussard|
Lounge Gallery is in the incredible gallery space that was formerly Grand Contemporary. Behind Tsunami & Lounge, the gallery is open for all Art Walks (the second Saturday of each month) and by appointment.
|L to R: Connor McManus, Erin Jagneaux, Mallory Page|
When asked about the importance of young artists, acclaimed artist George Rodrigue said:
|L to R: Kyte Aymond, Erin Jagneaux|
|L to R: Erin Jagneaux, Dominique Begnaud, Connor McManus, Dominique Begnaud|
Savvy collectors know that artists with promise of a great career are best to buy now while pieces are still affordable. Pieces in this show range from $ 230 to $ 2,850 with most pieces being under $ 1,000.
|L to R: Jacob Broussard, Mark Rabalais|
|L to R: Dominique Begnaud, Cayla Zeek|
For information on any piece in the show or to make an appointment to see the show, please email me at email@example.com.
The gallery will be open for Art Walk on Saturday, February 11th from 4-6 pm.
|Connor McManus pieces|
When Anna Purdy, writer for The Independent, asked me what my goal for the show is, I said: