Two of the Natchitoches Art Guild members, Ms. Eddye Robertson and Dr. Charlie Viers, are combining their considerable talents to present a colorful unique look into a more non-traditional view of art for the month of July.
The theme of the Featured Artist exhibit is Fact & Fiction in 3D. The “factual” representatives of the exhibition will showcase the works of Dr. Viers, specifically his pieces created from pine needles and other natural materials. He became interested in native cultural art forms, specifically the needle work of the Koasiti, Chocktaw and other Native American groups about twenty-five years ago when he began weaving baskets. He continued honing his skills and remains one of the few Caucasians who has been accepted into the inner circles of noted Native Anmerican basket weavers. Charlie has built upon the traditional techniques to grow and develop his own unique creations which feature interesting curves and colors. He has taken a skill which was originally developed for utilitarian purposes and evolved into an art which teases and delights the eye with patterns and textures.
His art has been selected for juried shows in the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery, Gallery 111 in Leesville, the Meadows Museum of Centenary College in Shreveport, River Oaks Gallery in Alexandria and the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival in Alexandria. His work was specifically recognized in the 3D category of the annual Natchitoches Art Guild Juried Competition & Exhibition in 2010.
The works of Eddye Robertson offer the “fictional” half of the exhibition. Her whimsical view of life is skillfully and artfully revealed through her work with polymer clay. Her portion of the show includes original one-of-a kind art dolls, imaginative masks, wall art, and jewelry. A special category of her work called “Eddye’s Bizarre Bazaar” features whimsical objects and figures. Eddye who is originally from west Texas, has been a resident of Natchitoches since 2003. She began working with polymer clay in 1996 in Fort Worth, Texas, and began showing her work in 1997. Eddye has won numerous prestigious awards in Fort Worth and Tyler, Texas; Billings, Montana; and Natchitoches, Louisiana.
The Featured Artists will be honored at a reception in the Natchitoches Art Gallery on Friday, July 15th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Please join us and take the opportunity to chat with Eddye and Charlie and enjoy light refreshments as you view their exhibition.