Stewart featured at Rhymes

September’s artist of the month at Rhymes Memorial Library in Rayville is D’Juana Neal Stewart.

A native Louisianaian, she has lived in Richland Parish for the past 35 years. She is married to Gene Stewart and together they have reared three daughters, Terri, Tonya and Apryle. They have one granddaughter, Madison Jene, and another granddaughter to arrive early November. Her parents are Rose Marie Neal Stokes and the late Rev. Russell Neal.

Stewart retired from state government in May 2006 after a 30-year career. She has a bachelor’s degree from ULM in Sociology and is a Certified Public Manager, training and studying two years through the Governors’ Office, Division of Administration through the Public Management Program of LSU. She is also a licensed real estate salesperson, Certified Personal Property Appraiser, member of the Certified Appraiser’s Guild of America and a partner with her husband in their real estate investment company.

She is a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church and has been active in many community programs and events regionally. She is also a member of the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe and is on the board of directors of the Richland Arts Council.

Art in its many forms has always been an important part of her life. Stewart has dabbled in art off and on as early as her junior high school years but only recently became serious about her art. After retiring, she embarked on a journey to pursue her interest in the visual arts. Through this pursuit, Stewart met and began studying under Michigan artist, Donna Rey-Taylor, now living in Louisiana. She has continued to work to turn out not only prismacolor and graphite drawings but also watercolor paintings, while gaining more knowledge and learning new skills. With these newly acquired skills, she has begun to create the art she loves. She believes to create masterpieces like those we love and cherish from the old masters of the past we must learn their work by imploring their methods and attention given to details.

Ten pieces of D’Juana’s work will be on display at the Rhymes Memorial Library through Sept. 30. Many pieces are people and scenes from Richland Parish. One of theprismacolor pieces was chosen for the Masur’s members juried art show of 2007. Stewart will have originals as well as Giclee prints of most all of her work available at the library.

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