Traditions for the 21st Century, Three Realists diplay art at Zigler Museum

JENNINGS - Only 24 minutes west of Crowley is Jennings. The short 20 mile drive via Interstate 10 takes you past Egan and then Evangeline. Quickly you come to the Zigler Art Museum on Clara Street in Jennings.

The Zigler Art Museum presents the exhibit “Traditions for the 21st Century: Three Louisiana Realists,” featuring paintings by Louisiana Tech University Art professors Peter Jones, Albino Hinojosa and Jerry Berg II. The exhibit runs from March 19 to May 21, 2011 with an artists’ reception on Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Zigler Art Museum. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit showcases diverse works in oils and acrylics, including still life, portraits, and en plein aire works, a French expression meaning “in the open air,” commonly used to describe pieces painted outdoors in natural light. Also featured are portrait studies by Jerry Berg using the application of gold leaf or gilding, a technique used by many religious icon painters over the centuries.

Peter Jones grew up in the artists’ community of Woodstock, N. Y., where his mother painted portraits and his father painted murals for the Federal Government projects during the Depression. Although he admired the abstract work of the New York School painters, he was drawn to the narrative potential of still life painting. Preferring to work with oils, many of Jones’ pieces incorporate symbolism taken from Greek and Roman history, literature, and mythology.

Jones considers the table upon which his still life objects rest to be a stage, with the objects having a distinct relationship to one another. Jones holds a master’s of fine arts from the University of Iowa and bachelor’s of fine arts from Amherst College, with graduate work in Art History at New York University Institute of Fine Arts. He was art director for Vermont Magazine from 1973-1980, and has exhibited his paintings widely, with two one-man exhibitions at A.M. Adler Fine Arts in New York. Jones also co-curated the first touring exhibit of Ruston artist Sarah Albritton’s work, On My Way: The Arts of Sarah Albritton, and contributed to the catalog on her work.

Albino Hinojosa began his artistic career as a child in Kildare, Texas when he began carving because the only artistic tool he could afford was a knife. He bought his first artist’s brush as senior in high school. Today “Bino,” as his friends call him, “fills canvases with the uncommon beauty of common items around him” and highlight the rich beauty of overlooked places. Much of Hinojosa’s work reflects a nostalgia for a simpler time, capturing a detailed perspective of everyday items such as antique children’s toys, garden tools and fresh-picked vegetables, and weathered scenes from a bygone era.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University, Albino Hinojosa later earned a Master of fine arts degree from Louisiana Tech University and served as Associate Professor of Art. He has held 16 one-man shows in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, won the Holbein Award of the International Society of Acrylic Painters Exhibition in 2000 as well as Best of Show in 2002. In 2005 he won the Artists Choice Award in the International Guild of Realism Exhibition and his work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums and private collectors. Now retired from teaching, Hinojosa now focuses on his painting and showing his work at touring exhibits.

Jerry Berg, who hails from Kansas, is a traditional/classical realist painter whose works include official portraits, religious and historical paintings, still life, and plein air paintings. Berg studied graphic design in college and developed an interest in interactive design, particularly CD-ROM and web site development.

After completing a master of fine art in visual communication from Kansas State University, he served as founder and Creative Director of Golf Media, Inc., creating CD-ROMs and Web sites for some of the world’s largest golf resorts. Berg later started his own firm, designing interactive web sites and online advertisements for many Fortune 500 companies including ABC, Buick, Chevy, Dell, Microsoft, Chase Bank, Charles Schwab, and others. Berg began painting again after becoming an Assistant Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University. He works in traditional oils based on the Old Master techniques and mainly uses wood panel to achieve a higher level of detail. Berg recently began working with gold leaf as backgrounds for portraits.

The Zigler Art Museum, located at 411 Clara Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call 337-824-0114 or e-mail zigler-museum@charter.net.

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