River Oaks Square Arts Center

River Oaks Square Arts Center A contemporary visual arts and fine crafts center with three galleries and resident artist studios.
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In 1979, the Bolton Family donated their family home to the City of Alexandria in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts. The Bolton Home was the catalyst for River Oaks Square Arts Center. Circa 1899, the house is exemplary of Queen Anne Revival Architect in Louisiana and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. After years of renovation to the Bolton Home, River Oaks ope

ned its' doors in 1984 to meet the needs of the community which it serves. In 1999, a new 15,000 square foot Studio Annex building opened it's doors to meet the changing, additional needs of the Center. Both buildings occupy a one block square lot in Downtown Alexandria's Cultural District and are connected by a unique columned walk-way. The Studio Annex Building houses 25 studios, 3 galleries, an on-site Arts Academy, a full scale ceramics studio (four kilns), and rental space. The 8,000 square foot Bolton Home houses administrative offices, 7 studios and a gallery gift shop, featuring works of art from over 200 artists. For over 30 years, it has been River Oaks Square Arts Center's (ROSAC) mission to promote contemporary visual art and fine crafts, to stimulate interest in, exhibition of, education of and appreciation for regional, resident, and local artists and their work. Currently, there are over 40 artists in residence (occupying studio space); an on-site arts academy provides continuous classes for adults and youth; presentation of twenty four exhibits are featured annually; outreach events are conducted for rural parishes/minority schools; collaborative efforts are ongoing with special needs organizations; and unique projects for youth stimulate knowledge and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/09/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Cheryl McMickle
Marianna, AR

“Cheryl McMickle is a teaching artist living and working in the Mississippi Delta in Eastern Arkansas. She is primarily a painter but also works with charcoal and mixed media. She looks for the story or narrative to create in her work as well as recreating a particular atmosphere or emotion from the location - when painting en plein air.”

“Out Back”
Oil
2023
$200

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

Check out the current edition of Cenla Focus Magazine! There’s a special ARTS CENTER being highlighted for its 40th Anni...
01/09/2024

Check out the current edition of Cenla Focus Magazine! There’s a special ARTS CENTER being highlighted for its 40th Anniversary! A very special thanks to Will and his staff at Cenla Focus for their unwavering support of “community” and their continuous championing of the arts! River Oaks Square Arts Center Summer Arts Studio Resident Artist Of River Oaks

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/08/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Tony McDonald
Leesville, LA

“If one could describe it, what is the reason to create it?”

(Image 1)
“Conspiracy of Redwings”
Watercolor
2020
$200

(Image 2)
“Tiger Island Fire”
Pastel
2023
$250

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/07/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Allison McClay
Portland, OR

“I am an illustrator, muralist, and painter from Portland, Oregon. I love to paint detailed, moody scenes meant to elicit a sense of melancholic meditation. These are part of a larger series exploring the comfort we find in solitude with our animals.”

“Thursday”
Acrylic
2022
$300

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/06/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Isabelle Massart-Bursh
Leesville, LA

“I was born, raised, and educated in Belgium, then came to Louisiana via the CODOFIL program. With a background in art education from my native country, I was offered a position as an art teacher at LJHS, where I am still teaching today. I am deeply moved by nature and natural processes. The beauty of a spring morning, the mystery of a cloudy sky, the enchantment of a dark forest, and the reflection of the light in the water. That is my inspiration. My current muses are clouds, and I am working on a whole series of paintings to encapsulate them.”

“After the Rain”
Acrylic
2023
$160

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

Coming in February! Celebrating 40 years of creativity by kicking off the exhibition and workshop schedule with some of ...
01/06/2024

Coming in February! Celebrating 40 years of creativity by kicking off the exhibition and workshop schedule with some of our dearest friends!

Registration for classes opens January 9, 2024. 🗓️ 

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/05/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Daniel Martin
Kenosha, WI

“I do design work because I enjoy solving problems, and graphic design work in particular involves visual, communicative problems. Developing an intriguing piece of visual communication, something that grabs attention and beckons the viewer to consider the scene more deeply, to extract a message, and perhaps act on that message, is central to my graphic design practice. These works are timelines tracing the movement of published information through digital channels to consumers. The work speaks to the ways we consume information and the relations human beings have to sharing knowledge. The many shifts in colors have multiple meanings, including the rise of one technology that makes another obsolete, the transfer of publishing responsibilities to a new entity, or an organizational changing of the guard where one group or individual makes way for another.”

“I Tatti-v1–v26”
Digital Print
2023
$100

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/04/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Scott Lykens
Rock Hill, SC

“Scott Lykens holds an MFA from Kent State University of Ohio where he studied under Kirk Mangus and Eva Kwong. He has lived and taught in Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. His favorite media is Red Earthenware and Majolica-style glazing.”

“Big Wheel Keeps on Turning”
Ceramic
2022
$48

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/04/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Marilyn Lowney Johnson
Philadelphia, PA

“In ‘Tales of a Consulting Detective,’ Sherlock Holmes said, “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.” I take my camera out. I may choose a subject. I may think, “That would make a great picture.” I may visit a new place or one I’ve seen before. I want to observe and present things in a way that causes the viewer to stop and observe. We have the technology to immediately capture whatever is in front of us. The challenge is for people to slow down and question whether there is only one way to look at something and to search for new meaning in something they may have seen before.”

“Billy Penn Times Two”
Photography
2023
$350

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

As we celebrate 40 years of creativity, take a look at the donation that started it all! The James Wade Bolton Home, don...
01/03/2024

As we celebrate 40 years of creativity, take a look at the donation that started it all! The James Wade Bolton Home, donated by the Bolton family, was the catalyst for River Oaks Square Arts Center. Donated in 1979 to the City of Alexandria, in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts, this creative hub opened its doors in 1984 and has been going strong ever since. River Oaks Square Arts Center

The James Wade Bolton House in Alexandria Louisiana was built in 1899. James W. Bolton, builder of Bolton House, was president of the Rapides Bank and Trust Company from 1912 to 1936 and was also president of the Louisiana Bankers' Association in 1916 - 1917. One a residential neighborhood, the aban...

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/03/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Joey Lindsey
Bald K**b, AR

“I am an Arkansas native, who’s been working in clay for nine years. My work consists of both hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces, ranging from functional ware to decorative art. The aesthetic I am currently exploring is the making of Japanese-style tea ware.”

“Witches Brew 2”
Stoneware
2023
$250

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
01/02/2024

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Kathleen Lemoine
Baton Rouge, LA

“Altering the traditional 2D substrates I had always worked on began in earnest when I realized I could shape cradled, wooden panels using simple woodworking tools. With actual shapes that broke out of the traditional rectangle, I could merge my love of color with a growing interest in exploring alternate ways of "making art.” My woodworking skills got better because of the task before me - how to technically make the idea roughly drawn in a sketchbook happen.”

“Dancing Dots”
Acrylic
2023
$150

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/31/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Helen Lavie
Rosharon, TX

“I want to find joy in everything I do. The beauty of Louisiana and the large personalities of its characters inspire my imagination and my attempts to capture the ‘joie de vivre.’ Spending a wild childhood barefoot and roaming through the woods brings sights, sounds, and smells that influence my art practice today.”

“Pelican Teapot #1”
Ceramic
2022
$45

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

River Oaks Square Arts Center Celebrates 40 Years of Artistic Excellence2024 is a milestone year for River Oaks Square A...
12/31/2023

River Oaks Square Arts Center Celebrates 40 Years of Artistic Excellence

2024 is a milestone year for River Oaks Square Arts Center as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Over four decades, this beacon of creativity has nurtured a vibrant community of artists, enthusiasts, and patrons, making it a central pillar in the cultural life of Central Louisiana. As the arts center enters its 40th year, it continues to uphold its commitment to excellence, and education, offering a year packed with dynamic exhibitions, additional classes, and community events.

“As we celebrate 40 years at River Oaks Square Arts Center, we are reminded of the rich tapestry of art and community that has been woven here,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “This anniversary is much more than a milestone; it's a testament to the enduring power of creativity and collaboration. Over four decades, we've grown from a local art space into a thriving center of artistic excellence, education and community engagement. We've launched careers, fostered lifelong passions, and brought art into the lives of thousands. I am immensely proud of our journey, the resilience of our community, and the countless moments of inspiration that have filled these galleries and studios. As we look back on our accomplishments, we also look forward with anticipation to the new chapters yet to be written in the ever-evolving story of River Oaks."

The year kicks off with a dynamic mix of regional and resident talent. Amy Glisan's evocative works will be featured in the Bolton-Davis Gallery, while Martin Welch's vibrant creations will be in the Galerie des Amis. Of course we also have to mention the popular Outreach Projects with Hope House, Regency House & Matthew’s Memorial in the Stokes-Harris Gallery, rounding out the first set of exhibitions and setting the tone for a year of diverse and compelling art.

In April, the 10th Annual Dirty South Cup Call, a cornerstone event at River Oaks, returns with Randy Brodnax as the guest juror. This much-anticipated, nationally acclaimed event showcases a wide array of functional and non-functional cups, mugs, and yunomis, highlighting the richness and versatility of pottery and ceramics. The exhibition will be accompanied by a Friends of the Juror exhibition and concurrently feature our own Bridie Rollins in the Galerie des Amis. The esteemed juror himself will also be on hand for a GAEDA-sponsored class, promising an enriching experience for participants.

Summer at River Oaks is always a vibrant time, and the Resident Artists Annual Summer Show reflects this energy. From June 6 to August 3, artworks by River Oaks resident artists will fill the Bolton-Davis Gallery, showcasing the depth and breadth of talent nurtured within the center's walls. The exhibition is an annual highlight, celebrating the ongoing journey of creativity and growth of its artists. At the same time, works by Rhonda Reap-Curiel and Joy McDonald will be featured in the other two galleries.

As the year progresses, exhibitions by Lynn Sanders, Cindy Cooper Blair, and Nicolas Mboungou will take center stage, each bringing their unique voice and vision to River Oaks. These exhibitions are not just showcases but also dialogues between artists and the community, reflecting the center's role as a space for exploration and conversation about contemporary visual art.

The year will round off with the 9th Annual 5x5x5 Show National Call, inviting artists nationwide to submit their miniature masterpieces. This show is particularly special as it encapsulates the spirit of River Oaks - a celebration of creativity within constraints. Guest Juror Ted Barnes will lead the selection process, curating a collection that is sure to inspire and intrigue. Accompanying the exhibition will be a workshop, further enriching the artistic experience.

In addition to these exhibitions, 2024 will be packed with special events and additional classes commemorating the 40th anniversary. Notable dates include the ever-popular Men Who Cook on May 4, an array of Summer Arts Studio sessions led by resident Robin Whitfield, and the Van Gogh Gala on October 26, which promises another year of spectacular art and community celebration. The year will culminate in the traditional Porch Sale on December 7, a perfect opportunity for holiday shoppers to find unique gifts while supporting local artists. Additionally, the center will feature specialized classes by friends of the arts center, including Conner Burns, Dusty Reed, and Robin Whitfield. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and refine their skills in pottery, mixed media, sculpture, and watercolor from these masters of their crafts.

As River Oaks Square Arts Center celebrates 40 years, it remains dedicated to its mission: to provide a supportive environment for artists at all stages of their careers and to bring the highest quality visual arts to the community.

"Since opening its doors in 1984, following the generous donation of the Bolton House by the Bolton Family in 1979, River Oaks Square Arts Center has been a place where guests become friends and lovers of the arts,” continues Dauzat. “Each visit offers a unique encounter with creativity and expression that we hope ignites your own passion for the arts. Whether you're drawn by the allure of our exhibitions, the hands-on fun of our classes, or the vibrant spirit of our events, we're here to welcome you into our family of artists and art enthusiasts. Come join us, be part of our story that began over four decades ago, and let's continue to nurture and celebrate the love of art together."

Whether you are an artist, a student, or simply someone who loves art, 2024 offers countless ways to engage, learn, and celebrate at River Oaks. For more information, call River Oaks at (318) 473-2670, visit RiverOaksArtsCenter.com or find us on Facebook & Instagram.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/30/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Alexia Lams
Pine Bluff, AR

“My work deals with constrained creativity. As an artist, I find myself eager to exploit multiple universes of artistic mediums such as painting, drawing, and crafting. As an art student, I've always felt like I needed to contain a lot of my excitement into digestible bodies of work constantly needing a "rhyme or reason.” In these pieces, my exploration led me to an aquatic scene inhabited by vibrant sea creatures such as sea turtles and whales. My use of vibrant color represents the youthful playfulness of my experimentation. This exploration of mediums and color is bounded by blank space, emphasizing the chaotic nature of my art.”

(Image 1)
“Great Whale”
Mixed Media
2023
$200

(Image 2)
“Sea Turtle”
Mixed Media
2023
$200

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/29/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Chris King
Natchitoches, LA

“These small paintings, like the shot glasses, are a "souvenir" celebrating time spent in Louisiana.”

(Image 1)
“Louisiana Shot Glass #1”
Acrylic
2023
$80

(Image 2)
“Louisiana Shot Glass #2”
Acrylic
2023
$80

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/29/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Elizebette Kennedy
Colfax, LA

“My current pottery delves into the intersection of what we see and hear, highlighting the need to guard our eyes against evil and be mindful of what we allow into our ears. The visual aspects of my work encourage viewers to reflect on the importance of shielding themselves from harmful influences. The Biblical aspect of 'if your eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away' comes to mind, and also, 'faith comes through hearing and hearing by the word of God.’ I aimed to create pieces that evoke questions and have you ponder and feel the deep connection to reflect on the importance of shielding yourself from harmful influences.”

“The Guiding Force”
Ceramic
2023
$110

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/28/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Jonathan Hoffman
Salisbury, NC

“My work is a direct reflection of various political and cultural events of the last several years. The work in this series, "Angry Lil' Critters," is particularly focused on the absurd. Don't these figures realize how small and ridiculous they are? Why are they so angry?”

(Image 1)
“Enraged 1”
Oil
2023
$100

(Image 2)
“Furious 1”
Oil
2023
$100

(Image 3)
“Outraged 1”
Oil
2023
$100

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/26/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Nicholas Hill
Granville, OH

“‘One death is a tragedy. One million deaths are a statistic.’ With this quote in mind, I have been making portraits of individuals to acknowledge the human loss that the world has suffered during the pandemic. The Pandemic Portrait series of intaglio prints is based on drawings that I began in March 2020 and continue today. Using pages from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as a starting point, I create metaphorical portraits of those whom we have lost to the pandemic. The small scale of the intaglio prints gives the images an icon-like quality. They are intimate. The viewer and the subject come together offering the opportunity for reflection.”

“Pandemic Portrait: Feeling Hopeless?”
Intaglio Print
2021
$175

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

River Oaks Square Arts Center will be closed for the holidays beginning Saturday, December 23, 2023 through Monday, Janu...
12/23/2023

River Oaks Square Arts Center will be closed for the holidays beginning Saturday, December 23, 2023 through Monday, January 8, 2024. We look forward to seeing you next year as we celebrate 40 years of creativity! On behalf of our board, artists, and staff may you and yours have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for your support of our creative hub!

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/23/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Faith Hensley
Shreveport, LA

“Artistically my work is forever evolving in style and method through constant inquiry of the world around me. My foundation is in representational art, and as I explore new styles and techniques, I find enjoyment in the spontaneous and expressive methods associated with a physical response to color and composition.”

“The Adults are Talking”
Mixed Media
2023
$95

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/23/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Randall M Good
Denton, TX

“Randall M Good employs a Neo-Mannerist figure style laced with Art Nouveau elements and highly personal symbolism to reinterpret classic iconography as well as illuminate his own creation and nature myths. Several of his commissioned works, large series like The Stations of the Cross and the Life of Paul, have traveled the country including stops in Times Square, New York, and at Manhattan College on the occasion of Pope Benedict's visit to the United Nations. Good's large-scale ceiling painting cycle based on his writings was featured in People Magazine online. He has had over 25 solo exhibitions and has been in numerous group exhibits like the recent curated show Troubled Waters at the Windgate Museum. He does readings and lectures at Universities and Arts Groups across the U.S. and is the co-founder of the nonprofit arts group Artists Enclave of Denton County.”

“Concept Sketch for La Luna (The Moon)”
Mixed Media
2023
$400

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/22/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Lindz Groce
Monticello, AR

“These pieces represent life and the transformations that occur when you are released from your natural abilities and move into the supernatural. The pure bliss of color and texture. Dancing through the curtains of papers from the past to create a new beginning for the present.”

“The Unfolding”
Mixed Media
2023
$200

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

2024 is going to be special year at River Oaks Square Arts Center.  We will be celebrating our 40th year as Central Loui...
12/21/2023

2024 is going to be special year at River Oaks Square Arts Center. We will be celebrating our 40th year as Central Louisiana's Visual Art Center. Our Summer Arts Studio program will be celebrating its 30th year and the Art Center's national cup call, The Dirty South, will be celebrating its 10th year. All of which couldn't have been accomplished without the support of our community, patrons, resident artists, board of directors, partner organizations and the City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Government. Thank You All for the past 39 years of support and please join us in celebrating these upcoming milestones at the Art Center in 2024.


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8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/21/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Eva G***k
Buda, TX

“I’m a visual artist from Texas. Much of my work is landscape-based, and in addition to my large paintings, I enjoy making small paintings for my Daily Painting Series and Horizon Series. Expressive use of color and form are hallmarks in my paintings. Representational and recurring themes in my work include horizon lines and the architecture of nature. I hope that my work evokes an emotion or memory in the viewer as I try to share a moment of peaceful reflection.”

(Image 1)
“Horizon Light #11”
Acrylic
2023
$125

(Image 2)
“Golden Glow”
Acrylic
2023
$125

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

2024 ~ Celebrating 40 Years of Creativity!
12/20/2023

2024 ~ Celebrating 40 Years of Creativity!

In today’s episode of great gifts at or under $40, checkout these unique finds that are perfect presents for your loved ...
12/20/2023

In today’s episode of great gifts at or under $40, checkout these unique finds that are perfect presents for your loved ones this holiday season! Give the gift of Art! Shop the Gift Shop River Oaks Square Arts Center before Friday, December 22 at 3pm. The art center will be closed from Saturday, December 23, 2023 through January 8, 2024. 

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works ExhibitionVisit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com✨Artist Sp...
12/20/2023

8th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition

Visit the Virtual Show at: www.riveroaksvirtualexhibitions.com

✨Artist Spotlight✨

Laura Gates
Pineville, LA

“My paintings are about the landscape. I paint in the studio and en plein air (outside) translating the elements that create a sense and memory of place into expressive works on canvas, wood, and other surfaces. I often use knives and other tools in addition to brushes to spread the paint. This gives my work freer, more expressive qualities. These tools also allow for greater use of paint out of the tube, making the work rich in color and texture.”

(Image 1)
“Hauling in the Day’s Catch, Tortola”
Oil
2023
$125

(Image 2)
“Back in the Swamp”
Oil
2023
$125

• Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2023 - February 3, 2024
• This year’s Guest Juror: Tom Richard
• The 8th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, The Hotel Bentley, Roy O Martin Foundation, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Charities Trust, The Rotary Club of Alexandria, LA Division of the Arts, Central LA Community Foundation, LA Project Grant & Arts Council of Central LA.

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In 1979, the Bolton Family donated their family home to the City of Alexandria in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts. The Bolton Home was the catalyst for River Oaks Square Arts Center. Circa 1899, the house is exemplary of Queen Anne Revival Architect in Louisiana and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. After years of renovation to the Bolton Home, River Oaks opened its' doors in 1984 to meet the needs of the community which it serves. In 1999, a new 15,000 square foot Studio Annex building opened it's doors to meet the changing, additional needs of the Center. Both buildings occupy a one block square lot in Downtown Alexandria's Cultural District and are connected by a unique columned walk-way. The Studio Annex Building houses 25 studios, 3 galleries, an on-site Arts Academy, a full scale ceramics studio (four kilns), and rental space. The 8,000 square foot Bolton Home houses administrative offices, 7 studios and a gallery gift shop, featuring works of art from over 200 artists. For over 30 years, it has been River Oaks Square Arts Center's (ROSAC) mission to promote contemporary visual art and fine crafts, to stimulate interest in, exhibition of, education of and appreciation for regional, resident, and local artists and their work. Currently, there are over 40 artists in residence (occupying studio space); an on-site arts academy provides continuous classes for adults and youth; presentation of twenty exhibitions are featured annually; outreach events are conducted for rural parishes/minority schools; collaborative efforts are ongoing with special needs organizations; and unique projects for youth stimulate knowledge and appreciation of fine arts and crafts. Find us on the web at: riveroaksartscenter.com

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