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Artwork shown: Adrianna Speer, 2017

Artwork shown: Adrianna Speer, 2017

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 or call 225-344-8558 ext. 223.

Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, and reception times listed below.

Want to volunteer with the Firehouse Gallery? We’d love that! Click HERE to fill out our volunteer application form to help us with exhibition installations or artist receptions.

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“I regard my painting as a diary of the things that happen around me. I use paint to preserve moments to express my personal feelings. I seek visual formalities, color relationships, textures, rhythms, and atmospheres that come from my everyday surroundings.

I like things that carry a sense of time, particularly old and abandoned buildings. I am drawn to the odor they produce, the odor of mysterious stories. The decayed texture, flaking paint on the rusty surface and the subtle colors left by time passing is intriguing to me. For me they create narrative possibilities, in a subtle way. They are still but not immutable, decaying is a process of change; traces are the sediment of time and dialogue. And this beauty is not conventional, but another level of perfection. The warm humid climate of Louisiana has filled Baton Rouge with these ruins. They are emblematic of this culture, but they also carry symbolic meaning for me and I hope for anyone who sees my paintings.

As a foreigner, I feel a strong alienation from this place, these abandoned buildings and their details speak to my own sense. It is difficult for an American to understand that for an international student this feeling of separation, of not belonging is the most frequent emotion we have in our daily life. By connecting emotionally with these old houses I get a sense of rootedness.” Chao Ding

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