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The Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery is a public space available to rent for exhibitions, rehearsals, private and public events. The gallery is a 1700 square foot finished space on the second-level of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, located at 427 Laurel Street in Downtown Baton Rouge. The space offers generous open floor and wall- hanging spaces, natural light from a large picture window and hard wood floors.

For more information and to rent the space, contact curator Kelsey Livingston at klivingston@artsbr.org or call 225-344-8558 ext. 223.

 
 
 

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Go _____ Yourself

Come with your own interpretations and leave your misconceptions at the door. 

LEUR magazine presents Go _____ Yourself, a community art exhibition in celebration of PRIDE. Join us in celebrating local queer artists, allies, and their expressions of self, at the Firehouse Gallery located on the second floor of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. 

Exhibition: June 3rd - June 29, 2018
Reception: Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Upon first glance of our show's title you have already assumed the word that fills in the blank. However, if you take the time to learn more about LEUR Magazine's current brand awareness campaign you would see that at its core, Go _____ Yourself is all about possibility. 

It is an open-ended blank of possibility that leads to a better understanding of something that you originally had a misconception about. Even yourself. You can be whoever you want to be. You can create whatever you want to create. What you do is up to you, so express it with pride. 

LEUR provides platforms for Southern queer artists to share in their art-making through creative community collaboration.

For more information on the campaign visit: https://www.leurmag.com/allthefills/


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Embarking Home

Artist Beth Welch will be showing her recent body of work, dealing with interpersonal relationships and personal struggles through the metaphor of the boat and water. This show will be on view from July 2nd through August 3rd 2018. A reception will be held on Friday, July 13th 2018, from 6-8pm.

Biography

Beth Welch was born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1992. After graduating high school, she studied art for a year in Gorizia, Italy at Liceo Artistico M. Fabiani. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University School of Design in 2015. Welch’s oil paintings explore the importance of communication and place while incorporating wood grain into her works. Her boats and figures appear in fictional landscapes that set a unique mood within the painting. Her work has been exhibited at the Masur Museum of Art, The Enterprise Center, The Upstairs Gallery, Cricket Beaux Bicket, Traditions on Trenton, and The Frame of Mind, Baton Rouge Court House, Southern University Innovation Center, The Firehouse Gallery, Kellwood Contemporary Gallery, Commercial Interiors Group Baton Rouge, and Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. She is the recipient of the Freshman Year Scholarship at the Louisiana Tech University School of Design, Honorable Mention at the Frame of Mind in Ruston, Louisiana and Honorable Mention in the Student Show at Louisianan Tech University 2014. Today Welch works in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she is an account manager with ProSource Wholesale Flooring. She maintains her studio at her home in Prairieville, Louisiana.

Artist Statement:

My work visually describes a unique perspective on the connection between humanity, environment, and memory. The vessels in my paintings are purposefully placed in fictional landscapes in order to reveal specific moods. Pulling the viewer in, I will often let the wood grain dictate the flow of the water in my paintings by applying a thin layer of oil paint to the surface of the panel. Each piece is purposefully ambiguous enough to have the adaptability for individuals to apply their own story to the narrative. Whether the vessels are reaching to connect with a cherished friend, or merely reaching for a different version of themselves, their narrative gives the piece a story the viewer can relate to.

My semi realistic style allows the viewer to focus on the significant message I wish to portray within the work. Also, the colorization of certain works provides an overall feeling to the piece. These feelings can portray anxiety, calm, misery, loneliness and eeriness, and simultaneously

emphasize the significance of the complimentary color concealed or emphasized within the piece. These works are a reflection of the culture and decisions we are faced with on a daily basis and our reaction to the world around us.

The beautiful language of visual communication has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. The power of an oil painting’s ability to revealed a story or conveyed a mood, simply with the power of color, shape, and form, have captured my attention and resonated with me throughout most of my life. I find peace in the repetition of creating paintings that will fit into the rhythm of everyday life. Perhaps my depictions of the world surrounding me will persuade individuals to take a moment and enjoy the beauty of a simple painting. I hope the viewer looks upon my work and thinks about their personal interactions and cherishes the importance of being able to love, live, and communicate successfully.

 

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