January gala showcases paintings by Cook

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Those that have driven by The Gallery in Crowley probably have noticed a new exhibit with one particularly eye-catching piece, “Promise of a Rose Garden” by Patricia S. Cook.

That painting, along with 26 others by Cook, were the focal point of the Crowley Art Association’s January wine and cheese gala held Saturday evening at The Gallery, located at 222 North Parkerson Ave. in Crowley.

The 27 artworks, which mix both medium and subject, graced the front walls of The Gallery and will continue to do so throughout the month.

The evening began with a crowd ready to look at Cook’s paintings of flowers and vases, landscape of buildings and farms and more. The crowd also was anxious for the chance to meet and greet Cook, who was in attendance at the gala.

Cook’s work on display showcases her versatility not only in subject, but in her actual work. She has used oils, watercolors and acrylics in her paintings, respectively, and she also uses other things other than canvas as well. She has an acrylic on pastelboard, “Same Vase, Different Place,” and a watercolor on silk scroll, “Memory of Chinese Silk Wall Hanging,” for example.

The “Memory of Chinese Silk Wall Hanging” was a painting Cook did after she lost the original artwork she collected in Hurricane Katrina. She also had many of her own paintings that she lost in the storm when her home in the east part of New Orleans was severely flooded.

Thus when the storm destroyed her home, Cook, a graduate of LSU Medical School in New Orleans, moved her practice of neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine between offices in Lafayette and Metairie while making her home in Maurice.

As a child, coloring books and drawing with crayons was a constant delight for Cook. Around age eight, her father surprised her with a large set of tube watercolors.

By eighth grade, she knew medicine would be her career, even though her parents thought she would be an art major.

Painting stopped in her teenage years, but she did do some drawing for her college yearbooks while working toward her degree.

After completing residency training in neurology, while full time academic staff in neurology at LSUMC, she eventually discovered John McCrady’s School of Art in the French Quarter.

While there, she received an excellent foundation in value, value sketching, composition, linear and atmospheric perspective and techniques for oil and acrylics.

Cook is particularly fascinated by color early on and aware of the illusions one can achieve, the media selected, be it watercolor, acrylic or oil is determined by the subject matter and emotion and visual she wants to express.

Cook has exhibited with American Physicians’ Art Association, Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild, Crowly Art Association, Physicians’ Art Network and OPMS Physicians in Art. Some paintings or reproductions of her paintings as note cards or giclee are given as gifts to family, friends, patients, fundraising projects and some are released for sale.

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