‘Wildlife Encounters’ show this month at The Gallery

A wall of wildlife paintings by Hoffpauer includes several examples of her vibrantly colored trout.

A self-portrait of the artist Faye Hoffpauer and her father Clark.

“Carnival Rio” Penguins.

Seneca-Foreman’s “Great Barrier Reef – Australia.”

 

The Crowley Art Association will kick off the new year with a bang Saturday night as it hosts the gala opening of a new show by local artists Faye Hoffpauer and Yvonne Seneca-Foreman.

The event will take place at The Gallery, 222 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and it is free and open to the public.

Although the show will feature the work of two artists with completely different styles, viewers can still anticipate some commonality of subject matter under the theme, “Wildlife Encounters.”

This will be Hoffpauer’s first show, which is impressive considering that she has been painting for less than two years, when she began taking art lessons at The Gallery. Hoffpauer’s talent developed quickly, and she has been described as a very meticulous painter.

For Hoffpauer, her part of the show is essentially an homage to her father, the late Clark Hoffpauer, who was a director of Wildlife and Fisheries for the state of Louisiana for many years. 

According to Hoffpauer, the family was very fortunate to have had tremendous exposure to wildlife while the children were growing up, as Clark started as a biologist at Rockerfeller Wildlife Refuge, and as he worked throughout the State and later the throughout the U.S. Faye is also very dedicated to animal rescue and natural perservation.

Seneca-Foreman, who was born and raised in Crowley, is a retired R.N.

Seneca-Foreman, who is 87, dabbled in painting many years ago when she was younger, but she put her art career on hold until about five years ago. Since then, she has been painting with a vengeance.

Viewers should enjoy Seneca-Foreman’s quirky penguin paintings. Inspired about two years ago by a wildlife picture of two penguins walking on a beach that reminded her of one of her granddaughters walking with her fiance, Seneca-Foreman has embarked on an odyssey of penguin painting that has taken her, figuratively speaking, around the globe.

Both Hoffpauer and Seneca-Foreman will be on hand to visit with guests at the gala Saturday night.

“Wildlife Encounters” will hang at The Gallery throughout January. For more information regarding the show, call The Gallery at (337) 783-3747.

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