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The Collection:

Dutch Kepler

Dutch Kepler was born in Kirksville, Missouri in 1943.  He grew up in an Air Force family on Cape Cod before moving south.  After earning a BA from North Texas State he worked in advertising in Dallas.  His MFA in painting from Florida State was followed by 30 years teaching graphic design at University of Southwestern Louisiana.  During this tenure Dutch was chosen Distinguished Professor by the USL Foundation.  He also holds lifetime achievement awards from Acadiana Advertising Federation and Dallas Society of Visual Communications.  As a painter Dutch has shown in solo and group shows across Louisiana as well as Mobile, Atlanta, Miami Beach, New York City and Washington D.C.

 
"Chasing Tail" 24" x 34" Acrylic on Canvas

"Chasing Tail" 24" x 34" Acrylic on Canvas

 

Guy Ransonet

1947 - 2007 (age 59)

The late Guy Ransonet's Artist's Statement and Inspiration:  As a child growing up surrounded by still bayous and flat expansive cane fields, I became interested in the environment I could observe on a daily basis.  For me, the landscape became a source of peace and serenity. I also knew that it held a particular form of expression.    I saw things through the eyes of a shy introvert, continually editing out human elements that complicated my vision.  By eliminating these elements, I focused on showing landscapes that were in their calmest and most serene state. Earth is a living organism with it's own moods, emotions, and feelings.  I paint with the same reverence that I would have for a good friend.  I paint it as I see it could be- a friendly, but oh so sacred place. The works that emerge are products of the meditative moments that inspired me to create them.  Each carries a spiritual message that is revealed to me in the process.  As we try to survive in our anxiety-ridden world of technology and suburban sprawl, let us become aware of our beautiful Mother and her fragile destiny.  Perhaps if we awaken and begin to care for her, she will return to us gifts beyond measure.

 

Cezanne Nails

Born in the Florida Keys, island life gave Cezanne a big sense of freedom and her paintings feel the same way, calming with jolts of color and influences from around the world.  Cezanne came from a family of artists and just started to formally paint with oils a couple of years ago and since, she has studied with Carl Groh and Charlotte Austin.  Cezanne and her husband Steve own Dockside Studio so she is constantly surrounded by music of all kinds which inspires her art.

 
36" x 27" framed Guy Ransonet painting donated from the personal collection of Mr. Bob Giles

36" x 27" framed Guy Ransonet painting donated from the personal collection of Mr. Bob Giles

 
"Southern Nights" 20" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

"Southern Nights" 20" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

 

Don Bertrand

Don Bertrand studied Art, Architecture and Art History at The University of Southwestern Louisiana, now The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, The University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado under the tutelage of many regional artists and he particularly notes Elmore Morgan, Fred Daspit, John Geldesma, Dutch Kepler, Fred Packard and David Fox as early influences on his work and thoughts about art and creativity. He also follows many of his local contemporaries and friends in the art world.  Bertrand believes his pursuit of painting is a lifelong pursuit of study and sees his studio as a laboratory and each painting and experiment. This allows him the freedom to never feel like he is guided by a confined set of rules, and the viewer will make the final decision as to whether the pursuit was worth the

 

Dana Manly

This New Orleans native came to Lafayette, Louisiana to study Fine Arts at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. After studying Fine Arts for three years, she changed majors and ultimately obtained a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and more recently a Masters degree in Counseling from University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She continues to paint, exploring the mystery of life and the truth that painting reveals.

 

Patrick Soper

Award winning artist, Patrick Soper, has made Lafayette, Louisiana his home since 1977. He works as a full time portrait artist and freelance illustrator for ad agencies, corporations, and book and magazine publishers. His illustration work has appeared in national publications such as Outdoor Life, American Legion Magazine, M.D. News, Aviation & Space Technology, Organic Gardening, Continental Inflight Magazine, High Technology Magazine, West Coast Book Review, and many others. In addition, he has worked for such major publishers as McGraw-Hill; Silver, Burdett & Ginn; David C. Cook; Macmillan; D.C. Heath; Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich; Pelican Publishing; Little Brown and many others.

When not working on one of his many children’s books or some other illustration project he is in much demand for portrait commissions and narrative type montage portraits and montage theme paintings and murals. In recent years, two of his paintings have been accepted into national juried shows and another was accepted and published in a collection of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy art known as “Spectrum V”. His work was also highlighted in the Winter 1999 issue of the on-line art and literature magazine, Sabine.

In 2002, Patrick began work on a series of paintings that are an attempt to capture the spirit of the southern landscape and the unique people who live here. He and his wife travel throughout the south seeking subjects for his work. It is a difficult but rewarding challenge to be at the right place at the crucial moment in time when the light and conditions come together to create artistic poetry. He then returns to the studio and captures that special moment in oils on canvas.

This painting is painted from a live subject as part of a series of figurative paintings known as "Eve-o-Lution"

 

Amanda Elliott

 

From the artist:  " Fiery core with shimmering gold meets cool blues calm as the sea. Awaken the Dawn is inspired by the most basic, and at once most powerful, spiritual elements that flourish in both the unseen and within each of us. Awaken the Dawn is a vision of spiritual awakening where the darkness breaks and meets a new day."

"Marsh Fire" - (2) 24" x 36" panels. Dyptic Oil on Canvas

"Marsh Fire" - (2) 24" x 36" panels. Dyptic Oil on Canvas

 
"Pearl Shelter" 48" x 30" Mixed media on canvas

"Pearl Shelter" 48" x 30" Mixed media on canvas

"BeJeweled" 18" x 36" Oil wash on canvas with raised gold leaf embellishments.  Painted from a live subject as part of a series of figurative paintings known as "Eve-o-Lution"

"BeJeweled" 18" x 36" Oil wash on canvas with raised gold leaf embellishments.  Painted from a live subject as part of a series of figurative paintings known as "Eve-o-Lution"

"Awaken the Dawn" - 24" x 30" Acrylic on canvas

"Awaken the Dawn" - 24" x 30" Acrylic on canvas


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Clarity Martin - "Untitled" 11" x 14" Collage Mixed Media with paper, wax, and acrylic on watercolor paper.  Matted and framed

Clarity Martin - "Untitled" 11" x 14" Collage Mixed Media with paper, wax, and acrylic on watercolor paper.  Matted and framed

Clarity Martin - "Love, Life, and Passion" 12" x 12" Collage Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper

Clarity Martin - "Love, Life, and Passion" 12" x 12" Collage Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper

Eric Svendson - "Sunset Catfish Dinner" 12" x 18" original photograph taken in the Atchafalaya Basin, printed on canvas in black floater frame

Eric Svendson - "Sunset Catfish Dinner" 12" x 18" original photograph taken in the Atchafalaya Basin, printed on canvas in black floater frame

Erin Gesser

Erin Gesser

Kathy Pumford - "Don't overthink it Deep Thinker" 4" x 6 1/2" ceramic on cypress

Kathy Pumford - "Don't overthink it Deep Thinker" 4" x 6 1/2" ceramic on cypress

Willie LaJaunie - "Louisiana Love" 11" x 14" Artistic expression from a 17 year old Lafayette native with autism in cypress frame

Willie LaJaunie - "Louisiana Love" 11" x 14" Artistic expression from a 17 year old Lafayette native with autism in cypress frame

Ann Fenstermaker - "White Tree Vase" 12" tall

Ann Fenstermaker - "White Tree Vase" 12" tall

Dirk Guidry - "Isolated Series 55" 24" x 14" (framed) Acrylic on paper

Dirk Guidry - "Isolated Series 55" 24" x 14" (framed) Acrylic on paper

Julia Lobello - "Little Red Riding Hood"

Julia Lobello - "Little Red Riding Hood"

Candice Alexander - "Alice in Wonderland" 16" x 20" Mixed Media artist proof with embellishments.  Red frame with embellishments

Candice Alexander - "Alice in Wonderland" 16" x 20" Mixed Media artist proof with embellishments.  Red frame with embellishments

Suzanne Inzerella / Adored Ones Professional Photography Session.

Suzanne Inzerella / Adored Ones Professional Photography Session.

Crystall Coroy - "Three Strangers" 20" x 20" Oil on Canvas

Crystall Coroy - "Three Strangers" 20" x 20" Oil on Canvas

P. Veronese: "La Dialettica, Pzzo Ducale" Venezia RA 2002. Custom made hand painted mask from Venice, Italy

P. Veronese: "La Dialettica, Pzzo Ducale" Venezia RA 2002. Custom made hand painted mask from Venice, Italy

Michael Istre - "Dancing Trees" 8" x 10" Graphite, Coffee, and Ink on Paper Framed.

Michael Istre - "Dancing Trees" 8" x 10" Graphite, Coffee, and Ink on Paper Framed.

T. Chase Nelson - "Blue Pitcher with Roses" 19" x 21" framed.  Oil on Belgian linen

T. Chase Nelson - "Blue Pitcher with Roses" 19" x 21" framed.  Oil on Belgian linen

Haidee DeRouen - "Little Dancer" 11" x 14" oil on canvas

Haidee DeRouen - "Little Dancer" 11" x 14" oil on canvas

Tanya Falgout - "Hearts and Roses" 12" x 36" Acrylic and glitter on canvas

Tanya Falgout - "Hearts and Roses" 12" x 36" Acrylic and glitter on canvas

Candace Lemoine - "Sweet Magnolias" 3 piece collection  6" x 6"

Candace Lemoine - "Sweet Magnolias" 3 piece collection  6" x 6"

Don Bertrand - "Reflections on New Rice" 8" x 10" Acrylic on Gesso Board in a Floating Frame

Don Bertrand - "Reflections on New Rice" 8" x 10" Acrylic on Gesso Board in a Floating Frame

Brittney Pelloquin - "Taming the Tiger" print

Brittney Pelloquin - "Taming the Tiger" print

Brent Leblanc / Allen Breaux Studios - "Photography Studio Session with a 16" x 20" wall portrait

Brent Leblanc / Allen Breaux Studios - "Photography Studio Session with a 16" x 20" wall portrait

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Juanita Courtney. "Country Morning"  26" x 11" oil on wood.

Juanita Courtney. "Country Morning"  26" x 11" oil on wood.