Current Exhibitions

Gallery 600 Julia features talented Louisiana artists in curated monthly  shows in the front room. With a superior and varied selection of artistic style and technique, the gallery always has an impressive and changing inventory of fine paintings.  Art Walk is hosted by all the galleries in the Arts District in the evening on the first Saturday of each month, usually 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

ART WALK SCHEDULE 2017:  JAN 7:  Carol Scott, POP ROCKS   FEB 4:  Mardi Gras Group Show, BEADazzled   MAR 4: David Lloyd, New Work  APR 1:  Derenda Keating, Riffs in Paint  MAY 6:  Jammin’ on Julia Mickey Ache,  Louisiana Heartbeat  JUN 3:  Ronnie Collins,  Lowland Louisiana  JULY 1  William Crowell, Freeze Frame  AUG 5:  White Linen Night  Will Smith, White Linen Night on Bayou Black  SEPT 2:  Michelle Conques, Sweet Louisiana, The Good Life  OCT 14: Art for Art’s Sake  Linda Lesperance, Illuminations, New Orleans in the Night   NOV 4: Charles Smith, Louisiana Light  with a special book signing by John Kemp, Expressions of Place, Louisiana Landscape Painting  DEC 2:  Thomas Lofton, Déjà Views with a special Champagne Sparkle hosted by the galleries of Juiia Row, December 9

ART WALK SCHEDULE 2018:  JAN 5: Terry Kenney   FEBRUARY Mardi Gras Show BEADazzled  MAR 3: Larry ‘Kip’ Hayes  APR 7: Carol Hallock  MAY 5: Jammin’ on Julia, Elayne Kuehler  JUN 2: Stephanie Reed  JULY 7: Tricentennial Show  AUG 4: White Linen Night, Chuck Broussard  SEPT 1: Adam Hall  OCT 6: Art for Art’s Sake,  William B. Crowell  NOV 3: Diego Larguia  DEC 1: Linda Lesperance   

NOVEMBER 4, 2017 : CHARLES G. SMITH , Louisiana Light 

I was born back in the 1940’s and was raised in West Virginia through my undergraduate years. I moved to Louisiana to attend graduate school at LSU in 1967. While I was trained and have a career in Louisiana as a consulting geologist, art has always been a keen interest and an important part of my professional and daily life. Painting is filling more and more of my quality time in recent years.  I began plein-air (outdoor) painting in 2000, taking workshops at Scottsdale Artists’ School and Fredricksburg Artists’ School from Matt Smith and John Budicin.

 I am particularly interested in representative, plein-air, painting because “being there” gives me my best chance of getting accurate light and color effects in scenes that catch my attention. Painting plein-air also means the paintings are small format and are completed in a single setting. I try to paint-out several times a week, year round. Most of my subjects are rural scenes, close to home in Baton Rouge. Now I find myself spending more time in the studio composing larger paintings. The current show is a good representation of my recent plein air and studio work.

Painting, like photography, opens our eyes to the beauty around us.  It provides a new way for me to see our more intimate, subtle and atmospheric south-Louisiana surroundings.  I enjoy the tranquility of painting in a pasture or a cane field in the evening light, and the challenge of trying to convincingly capture the sky, the streaks of sunlight and shadow on a field or a distant line of trees.  For me, plein-air painting is an unending challenge.  I often re-visit and re-paint the same subject, which is really never the same.  The light changes…the sky changes… minute to minute, day to day, season to season.  

 

SAMPLE OUT SMALL PLATES!  THE FOOD COURT   Miniature Paintings of New Orleans Favorite Food and Dining Experiences ….no painting larger than 8 x 8 inches!