Paintings and Ceramics about the south Louisiana coast and about Elvis
through September 29, 2012
Gallery Hours: 10 - 5:15 M - F
9:30 - 4:30 Sat
Camp on Bayou Sale, acrylic on paper, by Dennis Sipiorski
Last Island by Dennis Sipiorski, acrylic on board
Caffery Gallery Art and Gift News
Finding Perspective in a Cup of Tea by Therese Knowles
Caffery Gallery announces the opening of a new exhibition featuring mixed media paintings and ceramics by Baton Rouge artist Therese Knowles. The show, Finding Perspective in a Cup of Tea, runs through July 2012. Therese Knowles, a native of New Orleans, grew up around the Mid-City cemeteries there, and found inspiration in the beauty of cemetery art. This influence is still found in her art today both as a painter and ceramic artist. Her paintings exhibit a reflective expression of life and people’s connection to one another. The strength of her colors, both in paint and in clay, reflects the intensity of her feelings for others.
As long as I can remember, I had a need to take things that were broken and put them together to create a balanced composition. It is a need in all of us in whatever we do to find a sense of stability, order, and harmony," reflects Knowles about her work. "Finding perspective in a cup of tea seems to be a simple gesture. Holding that tea cup is solid and real and a known...we find comfort. Everything else is an unknown. It is about life and death, changing experiences and trying not to regret."
Knowles graduated from LSU with a BFA concentrating in studio art, and a Masters in Education. As a certified art and English instructor, she has taught internationally as well as here in the United States.
Caffery Gallery is located in the Mid City Arts and Cultural district in Baton Rouge at 4016 Government Street at Richland. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 - 5:15 Monday - Friday and 9:30 - 4:30 Saturday. For more information, call Caffery Gallery at 225-388-9397
The exhibition, Finding Perspective in a Cup of Tea, by Therese Knowles was on display in the gallery through July 2012
Techno Romantic Jewelry Objects
at Caffery Gallery
Thomas Mann Design Techno-Romantic Jewelry
Below, works by Mary Ann Caffery
"Caffery's stunning mosaic panels, tall and slender, varying slightly in length, are intricate and colorful and, in arrangements of two or more, create stunning patterns on the wall. An 'In My Garden' series of three expresses serenity, truth and beauty by turn, and the trio belongs together. Subtle patterns and clever design mark every inch of the mosaic panels, and give them depth and meaning." From The Advocate, July 18, 2004, reviewing the Baton Rouge Gallery exhibit featuring mosaics by Mary Ann Caffery, drawings by Billie Bourgeois, and layered glass works by Craig McCullen, which was on display through July 31, 2004.
Photos of Turquoise and Exotic Stone Jewelry by Amy Kahn Russell; Reveille Article; Passion Flowers
(right, photo of Amy Kahn Russell jewelry -- earrings, necklaces, brooches -- and we have lots more of her work this week ... it's an AKR Turquoise Trunk Show!)----------------------------------------------->
A Baton Rouge native, artist Amy Kahn Russell uses antique pieces, amber, semi-precious stones and sterling silver in hand-crafted necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings. Her work was recently featured on WAFB TV-9's Weekend Morning Show with Kellee Hennessy and Barbara Dixon. In addition to our regular large variety and selection of Amy's work, we have a special turquoise trunk show. Call us at (225) 388-9397 or email CafferyGallery@gmail.com for information on available pieces and styles.
On Government Street just past Sister Paula Psychic Palm Reader and before Calandro's Supermarket lies a pink house trimmed in black and white polka dots. The threshold of the front door is framed in cloth flowers, and the windows on either side display hanging pieces of purple, green and red stained glass. Before patrons enter the Caffery Gallery, their art bone is already tickled.
Mary Ann Caffery, who earned a MFA from LSU, opened Caffery Gallery in 1989 on Government Street about eight blocks from the current location, which was established in 1992. For 13 years, the gallery housed local art as well as novelty items.
"I chose to sell and feature pieces that fit with the spirit of the store, which is unexplainable," said Caffery. "It just does or it doesn't fit into that spirit."
Among hand-crafted jewelry and pottery, customers can find Carmen Miranda paper dolls and Garden Nuns (Garden Gnomes with habits). There is a wide selection of fine art and fun toys, which both feature distinct creativity.
"Our customers are people who like unique things, who like contemporary art," Caffery said.
The contemporary theme of the gallery also is complemented with vintage reincarnations, taking the form of earrings, posters or furniture. Jewelry pieces by Catherine Popesco of Paris are molded from casts dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the books, candles, soaps and postcards are nostalgic of the post-WWII era.
In keeping with Caffery's patronage of modern art, the gallery also hosts many local artists. Bruce Odell, Amy Kahn Russell and Alvin Batiste contribute original pottery, jewelry and oil paintings respectively to the inventory of work by Baton Rouge natives.
Nov. 21 marked the first of Caffery's exhibits to be shown in her own gallery. She has previously worked on mosaic pieces for the New Orleans International airport and last winter the Baton Rouge Gallery hosted her show "Icons." The recent exhibit was titled "Spiritual Journeys," which presented a series of stained glass compositions.
"Since I have been involved with art, I find it interesting what makes things sacred to people," Caffery said. "In Ireland they have standing stones, France has cathedrals ... this exhibit is my idea of spirituality."
The gallery presents a different art show every six weeks and Caffery's opening soon will be followed by an art sale. On Dec. 7, Greg Elliott and his wife, Roberta Cohen of the LSU art department, will be putting their sculpture pieces up for sale, along with Bruce Odell's pottery work. The sale will last from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The gallery is a truly unique vendor for almost anything artistic. From decorative umbrellas, pink flamingo swizzle sticks and Elvis Presley memorabilia to Louisiana folk art, introspective collages and Celtic crosses, the Caffery Gallery is an exceptional contribution to Baton Rouge art and commerce.
Wall Crosses from Ireland and Small Tabletop Replicas of Celtic Crosses from Scotland, England and Ireland
Louisiana Folk Art by ALVIN BATISTE
Rusted Recycled Metal Yard Dogs & Cats --by Richard Kolb
-Architectural Stained Glass -Jewelry -Gifts From Around The World --New Glass Review Top 100
--Here's an interesting summary of the public art project that Mary Ann and other Louisiana artists completed at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans: The Concourse C Collaborative Project.
Caffery Gallery 4016 Government Street Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Caffery Architectural Stained Glass and Mosaics 225-388-9957
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