Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sharpest show in Shreveport: Eye Twenty group exhibit upstairs at Artspace, 710 Texas

Laura Noland Harter & Enoch Doyle Jeter
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

Laura Noland Harter, painter-sculptor, and Doyle Jeter, artist-printmaker, are part of the Eye-Twenty Group, a gang of artists from Monroe, Ruston and Shreveport.

The paintings in the Eye-Twenty Group show at Artspace (Deck the Halls is downstairs, Eye-Twenty's show is upstairs) are the work of visualists who have made the cut. They are the artists who had the technique, the voice, the ability to grow, the sustainability and drive to stay in the art game.

Enoch Doyle Jeter, proprietor of Enoch's Pub, Monroe, and, formerly, Shreveport, was founder of the Eye-Twenty group almost 16 years ago. "It had its beginnings as part of the Seis Barachos show at East Bank Gallery in Bossier in 1989. The core group is made up of the late Donna Service, Bruce Allen, Bob and Linda Ward, Jack Lewis and close to 30 other artists. Eye-Twenty is made up of artists from Shreveport, Ruston and Monroe/West Monroe, Louisiana, and is a means of communication between artists along the Interstate 20 corridor, as well as a means for exhibition and educational opportunities." Jeter adds proudly, "Noted artists Clyde Connell and Deborah Luster have also shown with the group."

In this show, Edmund Williamson's droll fish-eye lens view of a crazy photog in Jackson Square is emblematic of the Eye-Twenty Group: it's witty, self-assured, a piece by an uneqivocally talented painter. Laura Noland Harter's quiet but sassy views of her children demonstrate a subtle grace and subversive eye. Linda Snider Ward's cozy shadowbox unfolding of her life with a beautiful daughter is also the work of a skilled and schooled artist.

Charlie Meeds, one of several Louisiana Tech faculty members in the gang, displays small, highly-detailed pencil portraits of Creole women. Despite their diminution they stand out, and are among my favorite works in the show.

Kristi Hanna's portraits in this show are simultaneously romantic and monstrous. The faces are archetypal and angelic and emanate from the particular cosmos of the dancer-choreographer-painter of the many names (Dorothinia being the latest). See more at Arodasi Studio, 327 N. Market, Shreveport.

Lynn Simmons' color-drenched dreamscape of a child and teddy bear on the tracks as a full-speed train bears down is another painting that leaps from the wall.

When you've seen the show, tell me what you think.

Artspace hours have lengthened, so what's keeping us?

Among the artists:
The Edmund Williamson Art Gallery is at 131 N. Second St., inside Sugar Studios, downtown Monroe (325-6108).
Arodasi Dance Center & Studio

10 to 6, Tu - Sat

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