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Melany Musso’s prize-winning “Swamp Spirit” photo

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“Flight into a Hobbit’s Garden,” Tony Mayard

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“Passing Through,” D. Paul DeRouen

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“Mystical Wonder,” Pixie Carter

‘Swamp Spirit’ exhibit on display at The Gallery

Crowley is lucky enough to once again have the “Swamp Spirit” exhibit hanging in town.
Every year 10 artists are selected by a panel of fine art jurors to paint their own renditions of a prize-winning color photo.
The varied interpretations result in a collection of unique paintings that all capture the spirit of the swamp through different artistic filters.
Throughout the year, the paintings travel together every three months to one of four museums or galleries in South Louisiana, and The Gallery in Crowley has once again been selected as one of those four.
This year’s photograph was taken by Melany G. Musso, a nature enthusiast photographer and lover of the outdoors. Most of her photography centers around South Louisiana, with her favorite spots being Lake Martin in Breaux Bridge and Jefferson Island in New Iberia.
Born and raised in Marksville, Musso moved to Lafayette 33 years ago to obtain her bachelor’s degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL). Over the years she enrolled in various photography classes and joined the Lafayette Photographic Society. She lives in New Iberia.
The artists interpreting the photograph are given set parameters for their work: They must be paintings on unframed, stretched 30” x 40” canvases ready to hang in a gallery or museum in either portrait or landscape style.
Each of the paintings is interesting and unique. Some artists hide people or animals in their paintings. Some paintings seem to “whisper” their theme while others “speak loudly.”
This year’s artists include Adonis Gregory Meaux, Pixie Carter, Karen Faulk, Tina Trahan, Therese de Perrodil, Tony Mayard, Laura LaBorde, D. Paul DeRouen and Simone Little.
The “Swamp Spirit” exhibit will hang at The Gallery through the month of June.
The Gallery is located at 411 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley.

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