Gala draws crowd despite TS Lee
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – No rain, winds or weather watches and warnings were going to keep art lovers, onlookers and family and friends away from The Gallery Saturday evening.
It was there that a gala was held to feature the artworks of Dale Pousson and Charlotte Austin.
The show featuring both artists gave everyone in attendance the opportunity to compare and contrast mediums and subjects.
Both Austin and Pousson were on hand to discuss their works and visit with those in attendance.
The combined 48 paintings were proudly hung in the front of The Gallery, greeting guests with a variety of works. There were oil paintings and acrylic paintings. There were portraits and wildlife paintings as well as landscapes. The works showed what Austin and Pousson enjoyed painting most.
“It’s very exciting,” said Austin on the gala, “and it’s an honor to be in such great company as Dale.”
For Pousson, galas like Saturday’s are the perfect opportunity to see how other artists work.
“I enjoy seeing what others do and getting ideas for my next painting,” he said.
Austin has been painting for 12 years. She paints strictly in oils and was trained in the method of the old masters, thus she naturally leans toward those methods.
She loves to paint people/portraits more than anything but does paint other subjects to maintain herself as a well-rounded artist. Austin, a native of Cecilia also regularly teaches classes in Lafayette.
When painting one of the things she enjoys most is working with the way light and darkness play off of each other.
Twenty-three of her oil paintings make up about half of the September display.
Pousson who enjoyed drawing in school, began painting 24 years ago. The artist paints mostly in acrylics.
While he does paint a variety of subjects, Pousson is most known for his wildlife paintings, particularly ducks. In fact, he is so well known for his duck paintings, Pousson won the Louisiana Duck Stamp contest.
An Egan native, Pousson is a self-taught artist.
“As someone who is self-taught, seeing how other artists look at paintings,” he said.
Pousson’s 25 paintings completed the second half of the September display.
Each month the Crowley Art Association hosts a gala to showcase works of art from an artist, or artists. The artworks then remain on display at The Gallery for the remainder of the month.
The two artists’ works will remain on display throughout the month of September as the month’s display for The Gallery. The Gallery is located at 222 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley and is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can be reached by telephone at 337-783-3747.