Meadows Museum to Host Art Auction May 23

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — The Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum will present the Northwest Louisiana Artists' Auction from 3 until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Meadows Museum of Art, located on the Centenary College campus.

All works included in the auction are now featured in the Meadows Museum exhibition, The Second Northwest Louisiana Artists' Triennial Competition, which runs through May 30. Visitors are invited to view the works prior to the auction and visit with the artists the day of the auction.

Preparations for the Second Northwest Louisiana Artists' Triennial Competition got underway in nearly six months ago when the staff of the Meadows Museum contacted regional artists to request submissions of works. More than 50 artists in 10 parishes from Northwest Louisiana responded with slides and CDs that included works in a variety of media and sizes.

Artists who have agreed to participate in the auction include: Bruce Allen, Janet Barlow, Nevlyn Brown, Nicholas Bustamante, Joshua Chambers, Mark Charleville, Debbie Engle, Emily Ezell, Helen Field, Rebecca Francis, Walter Green, Dorothy Kristin Hanna, Mary Virginia Hill, Talbot Hopkins, Bob Horne, Judy Horne, Neil Johnson, Camille S. Jungman, Kevin Kennedy, Tom Little, Sena McWilliams, Jasmine Morelock, Tama Ripps Nathan, Theresa Odom, Joann Purdy, Tony Reans, Betty Robertson, Barry and Greta Shanklin, Ellen Soffer, Steven Soffer, Blair Thrall, Robert Trudeau, Allison West and Jerry Wray.

"It was so exciting to see the artworks as they were delivered to the museum and to be able to personally speak to the artists in the museum galleries," said Diane Dufilho, Director of the Meadows Museum of Art.

The works range in size and media from small — 12 inches by 12 inches — cast metal sculpture to 4-feet by 3-feet paintings.

The types of media represented include cast iron, photographs, etchings, drawings, acrylic and oil paintings. The styles include impressionistic, photo-real and abstract. The reserve prices for the works range from $80 to $4,300, Dufilho said.

According to Board members and auction chairpersons Betty Black and Carol Shafton, the auction provides the regional community with the opportunity to purchase works from the competition.

"The auction is a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase works by the local talent in our area," said Black. "It provides much needed support for working artists as well as for the museum. As an added bonus, auction participants will be able to personally talk with artists in the museum galleries prior to bidding on the art works."

The event will be catered by Bistro-to-Go and includes a menu of portobello mushrooms, roasted pepper quiche wedges, chilled shrimp with remoulade sauce, guacamole with miniature tacos, and bread pudding with grand marnier sauce.

The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College of LA at 2911 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Museum is open to the general public from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday; and from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday.

For more information, call the Museum Business Office at 318.869.5040.