The works of Jeanne Holt Mason and Ray Holt featured in the "All In The Family" Art Show at City Art Works is entering its final weeks of exhibition. According to Art Work Assistant Director, Bill Cook, "This show has received rave reviews, we want folks in the Minden area who have not stopped by to mark their calendar and come before the show comes down on November 6th."
Jeanne Holt Mason has been an artist her entire life. She executed her first painting at age 7 when she became the youngest member of the Shreveport Art Club. Mason says she was influenced at a young age by Dr. H.B. Wright, "The Great Dioramist" of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum where she served as curator for several years. Several of her murals have just been installed at the Louisiana State Museum. She also has works featured in the Dorcheat Historical Museum. Working with a variety of mediums, Ms. Mason says, "I am always exploring different techniques from paper mache' to collage, acrylic and found pieces that I incorporate in my art."
Ray Holt, nephew of Jeanne, is inspired by the city of New Orleans. Holt has had relatives in New Orleans for over 200 years and has been an inspiration his entire life. Holt says, "Each year my wife, Christi, and I make our pilgrimage to the "city that care forgot." "We always stay at the New Orlean's Guest House," adds Holt, "where over the years we've become friends with the owners and they've become patrons of my art." Holt works with several different mediums but prefers oil's. Holt's family cats can also be found as subject matter in many of his paintings.
The City Art Works Gallery is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 until 6 p..m. and Saturday's from 10 until 4 p.m. It the cultural recreation program for the City of Minden.