A Political Art: DIG Discusses the Baton Rouge Art Scene With Manship Marquee Award Recipient Adrienne Moore

Untitledasd fBeginning last year, the annual Manship Marquee Award is bestowed upon one person for what the organization considers “extraordinary service to the Baton Rouge community through the arts.” Recipients must be Baton Rouge residents who have given at least fifteen years of service in the arts to Baton Rouge. This year, the award was presented to Adrienne Moore, a lifetime supporter of the arts and longtime Baton Rouge resident who served on the inaugural board of the Manship Theatre, currently serves as a member of the board of the Shaw Center and BREADA, a local organization that assists in the mobilization and organization of local farmers markets, and is on the planning committee of Planned Parenthood.

Recently, Moore sat down with DIG to discuss her interests and her desire to promote the Baton Rouge arts community.

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Swords and Cherry Blossoms: Local Painter Draws Inspiration from Kung Fu, Tool, and Hunter S. Thompson

Samurai Warrior I, Mixed Media on Canvas. Courtesy of Demond Matsuo.
Samurai Warrior I, Mixed Media on Canvas. Courtesy of Demond Matsuo.

Now through February 26, Baton Rouge art fans can view original work by local painter Demond Matsuo at the Gallery at Manship Theater in the Shaw Center. The series, entitled Swords & Cherry Blossoms, is a retrospective on Matsuo’s work from 2009 to 2013. Recently, I got the chance to talk to Matsuo about his inspirations, his evolution, and his work.

“This exhibition explores the symbolism that appears in my work,” Matsuo’s artist statement said, “the use of the Samurai and his sword juxtaposed with the delicate cherry blossoms. The sword is the coveted weapon of the Samurai, a symbol of discipline that resonates within the ethical pursuit of my artwork. The goddesses in my life are represented by the cherry blossom, a reference to the sustaining power of the matriarch in love and life.”

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A Right to Paint the Blues: Kress Gallery Hosts Exhibition Inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period

Image courtesy of the Kress Gallery.
Image courtesy of the Kress Gallery.

Next Wednesday, December 6, the Kress Gallery, located in downtown Baton Rouge, will hold an reception for the more than twenty artists currently displaying work in the gallery’s “Blue Period” exhibition.

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Italy, Foxes, and Joaquin Sorolla: Baton Rouge Artist Jovann Armstrong Talks Influences of Her Newest Exhibit

Through New Orleans, Oil on Canvas, by Jovann Armstrong. Image courtesy of the artist.
Through New Orleans, Oil on Canvas, by Jovann Armstrong. Image courtesy of the artist.

Last Friday at White Light Night, fans of Baton Rouge artist Jovann Armstrong got a chance to see the painter’s newest works. Those who missed the event still have a chance to see her work, however, as her current exhibit is set to continue through December 28.

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The Brink of Obscurity: LASM pays tribute to Noel Rockmore and the family that kept him alive

Noel Rockmore’s piece “Figaro Café” is on display at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum as part of the exhibit “The Faith & The Fury.” The exhibit runs through Oct. 6. Photo courtesy of LASM.
Noel Rockmore’s piece “Figaro Café” is on display at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum as part of the exhibit “The Faith & The Fury.” The exhibit runs through Oct. 6. Photo courtesy of LASM.

Richard Marvin and his wife, Tee, had no idea the treasure trove they were about to uncover. In 2006, the couple agreed to assist Richard’s mother, Shirley, in helping her catalog her art collection. Shirley Marvin, then 85, was in need of help with what Richard expected to be a lot of twenty to seventy paintings by a relatively forgotten artist named Noel Rockmore. Instead, they discovered over 1,400 paintings, spread out across three storage units.

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