Artist and Antique vendors are welcoming April and inviting the public to enjoy what downtown Minden has to offer.
"Antiques and Art in April" stroll will be held Thursday, April 4 from 5 until 8 p.m. Music and refreshments will be available to those who view the artist's creations and dealers wares.
Four artists will be featured at three locations along the stroll.
City Art Works, 701 Main Street, announces the opening of the art show "Still Together After All This Time" featuring the art of husband and wife, Bob and Judy Horne of Shreveport.
Bob is a retired teacher who is a member of most area arts organizations and has won many awards for his photography.
"I enjoy sharing with others my photography and impression of my surroundings," Bob Horne said. "It is not the camera one uses, but the person behind the camera that has the greatest effect on a photograph."
Judy Horne, watercolorist, has never had any formal education in the arts, but has had the pleasure of working with many nationally-known watercolorists and pastelists in workshops. She has received honors and awards on her work. One of her pieces, "On the Wagon," was published in 2006 in Nita Leland's New Creative Artist.
"I frequently employ the pouring of luminous washes with my work," she said. "I find that varying my technique, materials and medium keeps my work fresh and exciting. I am pleased when my work brings pleasure to others, but I truly enjoy the process myself."
Judy and Bob will show 70 pieces during their show, which opens on April 4 and runs through the end of May.
n At Antiques and Art on Main, across from City Art Works, Robert (Rob) Smith of Bossier City will be showing his work.
"I am a self-taught artist learning from art magazines, books and the Internet," said Smith, who put his love of art on the 'back-burner' in order to provide for his family. Smith began seriously painting after his retirement. "I hope to inspire others – it's never too late to follow your dreams."
The varied art of McKenzie Leopold of Minden will also be featured at Antiques and Art on Main. Leopold has studied all over the country from New York to California.
"Experimenting with new mediums and new ways to create art has always been my passion," said Leopold, who is also an interior designer, contractor and resident artist at City Art Works.
At Easley Fine Art, 511 Main Street, the works of Emily Ezell of Ruston will be exhibited.
Ezell grew up in North Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a BFA in Studio Art. She has been drawing and painting all her life, never giving up her childhood passion for rendering her dreams and imaginary friends on paper.
"I often ask what an eight-year-old version of myself would want to paint," said Ezell, who is greatly inspired by 19th Century European art, contemporary fashion magazines and ancient mythology. Her current focus is on Surrealism with paintings mainly dominated by figures with animal heads. These strange characters allow the viewer to connect on an emotional level without being literal portraits.
For more information call Pattie Odom, Minden Main Street director, at 371-4258.