The Animals in Art exhibit runs through October 23 at the Livingston Parish Arts Council Gallery on Hummel Street near the ancient village of Denham Springs.
A reception on the last day of the show will be held in conjunction with a special event hosted by the town’s animal shelter.
The reception is on the same day as the Denham Springs Downtown Antique & Merchants Association Guest Appreciation Day for the Ancient Village. Animal shelter staff will have animals for adoption at the art gallery that day.
Local artist Liz Harmon painted pictures of two of the animals to be offered for adoption, “India”, a dog, and “Baby”, a cat. The person who adopts the dog or cat will receive the portrait of the animal free of charge. If the two special animals are not adopted, the paintings will sell for $ 245 each and the money will be donated to the animal shelter.
Charlotte Reynolds, secretary of the arts council and director of the gallery, said visitors are welcome to the gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the pet reception and adoption event.
The gallery is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The gallery hosted an art class for young people on Saturday, September 18, under the direction of veteran art teacher Shelly Frederick. Her latest class, titled “Kids Fall Collage Workshop,” focused on creating art using construction paper, specialty pencils, colored pens and glue sticks. Frederick opened the class by explaining to his budding young artists that creating a collage begins with simple lines.
Students created an autumn collage featuring a black cat holding a pumpkin. The cat was dressed in a scarf, her facial features were formed with pieces of color added, and then the set was finished once all of the individual components were glued in place.
Throughout the year, Frédéric offers courses for young people at the gallery. In the past year, she has taught finger painting, acrylic painting, watercolor art, cookie decorating, door decorating, and seasonal classes such as creating a Easter bunny holding an egg.
Molly Powell, who said she took a number of art classes at the gallery, said of the experience: “I learned a lot coming to the classes here. I took my first class when I was seven and I’m now 11. I love art and never tire of coming to art classes. Sydney Cavallier, who worked alongside Powell, added: “I really like the art classes. … I want to be an artist, and that’s a good place to start.