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Current Theatre Exhibit

Spring Judged Show

March 6 - May 8

Judged by Kathy Miller Stone, NWS

Reception on April 6

Independence Park Theatre

Featured Workshop

Carrie Waller - The Art of Painting Glass in Watercolor

May 15-17, Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Studio in the Park, 2490 Silverest Ave, Baton Rouge, LA

Early Bird (until April 8) - $150 LAAG members / $200 nonmembers
Regular - $200 LAAG members / $250 nonmembers

To register contact Brenda Legendre at or 225-769-2991

Rainbow Row, Carrie Waller

Life Drawing Sessions

Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $10.00 per night / $30.00 per month

Studio in the Park, 2490 Silverest Ave., BR

Sessions are open studio, no instruction provided.

Artists are invited to draw or paint a live model in different poses for various durations.

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Life Drawing

Basic Drawing Classes

Steve Shamburger

Last three Mondays of every month, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $60.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers

Classes held at the Studio in the Park, 2490 Silverest Ave., BR

To register contact Steve Shamburger at or 225-751-1049

Class Info

Sphere Cone Cube, Steve Shamburger

44th Annual River Road Show - 2013

A National Juried Exhibition

November 15 - December 19, 2013

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Featured Artist

Alan Flattmann - interviewed by Caroline Derbes

Alan Flattmann in studio

Alan Flattmann has painted prolifically throughout his career. Although 60% of his works are pastels, he also paints oils and watercolors. Flattmann's art was encouraged by his mother and high school teachers. His works have been influenced by Rembrandt, Degas, and Homer. He resisted the modernism of the 60s and chose the John McCrady School of Art where he could pursue realism while learning the importance of composition and design. An early goal was to become well-known and to make money at his art. (He advises: Persevere! Just do art! If one wants to be an artist, don't get used to making money another way.) The first book about his works, The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann, was published when he was just 34.

Plein Air Bayou St, Alan Flattmann

Alan usually paints five days a week; however, every day is devoted to his career in a number of ways: planning, framing, communicating with galleries, traveling, photography, and leading workshops. When traveling, he draws and paints watercolor sketches of scenes and uses those along with photos to complete studio paintings. His present commission is a panoramic oil painting of New Orleans which is designed from a composite of photos. He explained that oil painting is more practical for large works as it is hard to frame large pastels.

Dry Creek in Autumn, Alan Flattmann

As a young graduate, Flattmann won a grant to paint in the West Indies where he enjoyed painting people working in their environments as he had done in his home of the French Quarter. After leaving the tranquil life of the islands, he and his wife decided to forego city life and moved to the peaceful country of Laurel, MS where he continued painting people as they pursued their livings or their passions. He still enjoys painting people, but when asked about his painting "nightmares", he declared that he no longer paints portraits on commission as they are problematic and not fun!

Wash Day in Rome, Alan Flattmann

When asked if he had ever "heard a discouraging word", Flattmann said that, sure, less-than-glowing reviews, not getting into a show, or not winning an award on a certain piece are all part of being an artist. He tries not to let it get to him. When asked about changes over his career, Flattmann explains that his works have shown a gradual evolution in style - not so much in taste. Subject matter has evolved, and he enjoys the dramatic lighting of night scenes. He also discusses the "golden hour" of dawn or dusk and its luminous quality. "Found still lifes", such as scenes in a store window and roomscapes, appeal to him. The biggest change came early in his career when he began using pastels.

As a career artist, Alan is somewhat influenced by popular choices - one has to make a living. He hopes that viewers garner a sense of excitement from what he tries to project with a fresh view. The interviewer's thought upon first seeing his works online were how lyrical his paintings are. His cityscapes may be of familiar buildings, but his goal is to give a fresh insight through his style.

Mending Nets in the Old Harbor, Alan Flattmann

Flattmann has written several books, Art of Pastel Painting, French Quarter Impressions, and available in March will be his newest, An Artist's Vision of New Orleans; The Paintings of Alan Flattmann. AlanĀ is represented by Windsor Fine Art Gallery and Garden District Gallery, New Orleans; Three Rivers Gallery, Covington. When asked about other honors, Alan excitedly told the interviewer that he had been elected to the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame in 2006. Each year, one artist is awarded this honor, and it was a big, grand event.

Upcoming Events

Mayor's Office Show Take-in

Now until April 23

Studio in the Park

Alan Flattmann - Landscapes, Cityscapes and Portraits in Pastels

April 29

Studio in the Park

Fairwood Library Take-in

May 1

Fairwood Library 12910 Old Hammond Hwy

Roberta Loflin - Paint the Town Red watercolor classes

Starting May 2

Studio in the Park

Workshop Show Take-in

May 8

Independence Park Theatre

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