Leger, Oubre show to open at The Gallery Saturday night

Jean Oubre’s “Sunset” - acrylic.

This watercolor shows the breadth of Oubre’s talent.

Jean Oubre’s “Parade of Flowers” - acrylic.

“Iris” by Jean Oubre.

A fanciful lady by Edesse Leger.

One of Edesse Leger’s high fashion ladies.

A floral by Edesse Leger


This month The Gallery in Crowley will be showcasing the work of two fine local artists and Crowley Art Association (CAA) members, Edesse Leger and Jean Oubre.

And, as always, the members of the CAA will be on point, hosting a gala reception to open the show this Saturday night at The Gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Leger’s work is well known in the area, and her show “Primitive Elegance” was on display at The Gallery last February. Leger, who is 76, has only been painting for about five years, and only started painting after she developed Parkinson’s disease.

Leger was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1990, and as her tremors increased over the years, she found that she was unable to continue with her old hobbies like sewing and crocheting. Looking for something else to do, she picked up a box of crayons and started drawing.

Dissatisfied with the crayons, Leger purchased some acrylic paints and a couple of brushes, and her life as a painter began. Shockingly, Leger found that when she held a paintbrush, her right hand was able to flow freely in spite of her tremors and diminishing motor control.

Leger is what is referred to in the art world as a primitive, or untrained, artist. Her preferred medium is acrylics, and she is best known for her whimsical depictions of fancy women in extravagant hats. Of her female subjects, Leger has said, “They are very beautiful and very wealthy beyond words.”

“They are either born with a silver spoon or very wealthy by marriage. They are enjoying the fruits of their labor or wealthy by being widowed.”

On the flip side will be the work of Jean Oubre who has been painting for many years.

Originally from Texas, Oubre moved to Crowley in 1958. She was a charter member of the CAA and served as president of the CAA in 1991 and again in 2006.

Oubre, a trained artist, was the owner and operator of Jean’s Arts & Crafts Shop for 13 years and taught painting for over 20 years.

Oubre paints in a variety of media, including watercolor, oils, acrylics and color pencils. 

Gallery visitors can expect to see a wide range of subjects from Oubre. She loves to paint flowers, saying that she has to enjoy them that way because she can’t grow them. She is, however, equally talented when it comes to landscapes, and several interesting ones will be featured in the show.

Saturday night’s gala is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to visit The Gallery and meet this month’s featured artists while they are on hand to discuss their work.

The work of Leger and Oubre will be on display at The Gallery throughout the month of April. The Gallery is located at 222 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 783-3747.

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