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 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

ART WALK SCHEDULE 2019:  Jan 5: Carol Hallock, Swamp and Circumstance Too  Feb 2: Cheryl Anne Grace, Revelry  March:  Group Show, Beads and Circuses  Apr 6: Mickey Asche, Acadian Menagerie  May 4: Jammin’ on Julia, Larry “Kip” Hayes, Gather ‘Round My Door  June 1: Steve Bourgeois, Chasing The Light  July 6: Linda Lesperance, Romancing New Orleans  Aug 3: White Linen Night, Will Smith, Jr. Atchafalaya Actualized  Sept 7 Stephanie Reed, Dusk Approaching  Oct 5: Art for Art’s Sake, William B. Crowell, Louisiana, The Dream State  Nov 2 Charles G. Smith, Louisiana Country Mile  Dec 7: Champagne Sparkle, Carol Scott, Full Throttle

ART WALK SCHEDULE 2020: Jan 4: Linda Lesperance   Feb 1 Group Show: Mardi Gras (Feb 25 MG)  Mar 7: Larry” Kip” Hayes  April 4: William B. Crowell   May 2: Terry Kenney  June 6: Anne Pappas   July 4 NO ART WALK Group Show: Smalls for the Walls   Aug 1: Chuck Broussard  Sept 5: Elayne Kuehler  Oct 3: Carol Hallock  Nov 7: Diego Larguia   Dec 5: Will Smith Jr., 20 20 Perspective

NOVEMBER 2: Charles G. Smith, Louisiana Country Mile

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.

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.

In recent years, my paintings have earned purchase awards at the Baton Rouge Art League Spring Exhibition and hang in their permanent collection at the Louisiana State Archives. My animal-in-landscape paintings have been accepted for the annual juried LSU Vet School “Animals in Art” shows and won a Juror’s Award in their 22nd Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art, April, 2009.

The “Country Mile” describes his plein-air travels from his home in Baton Rouge: as David Kersh sings: There’s a treasure at the end of most of life’s troubles and trials And there ain’t nothing longer than a Louisiana country mile.

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