LAA's Artist in Residence
LAA's is pleased to house and promote our "Artist in Residence" whose personal studio is located in our Main Gallery at 1008 E. St. Mary Blvd.
Studio Matisse - Laura LaHaye
Studio Picasso - Dusty Reed
Meet Dusty Reed (aka The Cajun Picasso). Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, Dusty attend the University of Louisiana where he received his Master’s Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. Dusty was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts but he instead decided to pursue his art career in his home town which continues to give him inspiration.
Today he continues to create his Louisiana Folk art that reflects the vibrant culture of this region. Dusty uses a broad spectrum of visual art from paintings and sculptures to multi-dimensional installations. He creates many of his pieces from found objects and re-purposing long forgotten items you might recognize. Dusty is continuously discovering new mediums to use in his art he describes as “Colk-Art”.
Combining his Cajun Roots with his own unique and contemporary style… Colk-Art is the combination of Folk Art (art produced from an indigenous culture) with Cubism (where objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form depicting the object from a multitude of viewpoints).
"My thought process, just like you think before you speak, analyze… so my work is an analysis of my mind. That and the culture of Louisiana is a huge part of what I do."
Dusty Reed www.thecajunpicasso.com
Studio Sargent - Pam Zuschlag
Studio Rembrandt - Margo Baker
As a native of South Louisiana, Margo Baker relies on the richness of her surroundings as inspiration for her artwork. Whether it be a person or a place, a moment or a day, a dream or an awakening, she translates the experience into something for others to see.
Margo began making her art at the age of seven. As a child she was the day dreaming doodler. She received her formal art education at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Children have enjoyed Margo’s teaching for over 25 years in both classroom and private settings. She has facilitated large public art projects for children and written the grants to fund those projects.
Her bold use of color and confident strokes are quick and unguarded. She often uses paper and metal to compliment acrylic paint, layering and combining the mediums.