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Pink Alligator Gallery is open for business. Please note our Grand Opening celebration will be held in mid-October. Date to be announced!
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designed by Donna S. Hudson
featuring various unique and colorful items
everything in between jewelry, furniture & decor
Kelly developed a personal style that he refers to as “modern primitive.” There are raw honesty and a balance of masculine and feminine elements to his work, which appears heavy-handed, yet deliberate and controlled. His sculptures have an openness in which people attach personal meaning to, therefore creating work that connects with people in their most positive thoughts and emotions — all balanced with smooth, sensual curves and meticulous surface details.
Brothers Shine (left) and William (right) Sonnier, known as “The LeRoy’s Boys”, have been art lovers all their lives. Mostly love "Folk" and "Outsider" Art for the beautiful bright colors and the meaning behind the artists' pieces. Inspired by other outsider folk artists, most of their art is constructed with old tin, mirrors, and glass.
“We hope you will enjoy and understand our pieces, if not stay tuned because tomorrow we may have a vision you will enjoy".
- Keep Creating, Leroy's Boys
Regardless of so many things, mules are steady-standing ready, ripe for metaphor. The mule is a small, forgotten part of history always begging, 'what else are y'all missin’? What else y'all left behind? What else can I tell you about your future? Marshall Blevins explores the southern past through her paintings and tales of the ‘Church Goin Mule’, a series that will forever live in your heart just as the trotting mules seems to live forever.
Inspired by the Blues, men like black Alabama communist born-again Ned Cobb, folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, and the ever-mystery of personal ancestry, she creates stories within stories through each painting of her beloved mule.
Christine Thibodeaux was born and raised in Acadia Parish, the heart of Cajun Country. She has a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL), with post-graduate work in Botany. Christine has maintained a Louisiana Landscape Horticulturist license since 1994. She has worked as a wetland ecologist for the State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for 18 years and is presently working as a Botanist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doing wetland delineations.
She is now working on a plant identification book that may be titled ‘Vegetation of the New Orleans District.’ Working outdoors with plants is second nature to Christine, and she has had plenty of opportunities to capture Louisiana vegetation in her photography through her background.
The Depression Glass Garden Art, found in local antique stores in Louisiana, is designed to attract light into your flower beds, home landscaping, garden, or patio plants.
The hypertufa garden stones and planters are created to provide a lesson in botany, should you desire to be in the know. They were made using recycled plastics and vegetation grown here in Louisiana as molds to create the beautiful outlines. Each one of a kind stone and planter has its scientific or botanical name, as well as the common name for your outdoor conversations.
Succulent magnet mini planters (as seen in photo) that Christine has made are becoming increasingly popular, water them occasionally, and they’ll live for a very long time.
Kate Ferry, a graphic design graduate of the Art Institute of Houston, has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design, illustration and production (print and digital). Currently freelancing graphic design and illustration from her home in New Iberia, Louisiana, Kate has produced award-winning art direction and design in print design, television, animation, and illustration both for advertising agencies and on a freelance basis for local, regional and national advertising campaigns. She received the Acadiana Advertising Federation 2013 Art Director of the Year Award and Gold Addy Award for her designs for Becoming Louisiana: The Path to Statehood, a project for the Louisiana State Bicentennial Commission curated by Herman Mhire. Miss Ferry’s clients include and have included state and local tourism, state and local political campaigns, construction industry, healthcare industry, restaurant and hospitality industry, state and local libraries, arts and cultural organizations and non-profit organizations.
Recently, Kate has been creating fine art and fun art again. The Voodoo Dolls (along with Dia de los Muertos dolls and Courir de Mardi Gras dolls) are the fun art! Originally designed/created for her Krewe des Canailles Mardi Gras sub-krewe the Krewe de Voodoo Dolls, Kate continued making them and is happy to have them exclusively at Pink Alligator Gallery in Breaux Bridge. Made with sticks, paint, buttons, recycled objects, beads, raffia, twine, moss and so on Kate's Voodoo Dolls are colorful, fun and bring good, creative voodoo wherever they go. They’ll put a spell on you!
I have never in my life been interested in fashion. Multiple careers: catering, full time mom, environmental activist, journalist, restauranteur, had nothing to do with design. In 2008, when I was a reporter for The Independent, I was assigned a story covering the local tannery, which specializes in alligator skins. The tannery had just been acquired by fashion giant Hermes. I left with two buttery-soft small skins, one dyed turquoise, one cognac.
For a year, I puzzled over the skins, gorgeous things, and finally got the nerve to cut and sew them into small wallets. They were so lovely and useful, I realized I was on to something, and with the help of my daughter and some friends who had a sewing machine with a diamond tip needle, we created Cocodri.
The Louisiana alligator skin industry is a 200-year-old tradition. When the first French settlers arrived in Louisiana they dubbed the huge reptiles they found in the swamps Cocodril, their name for the more familiar Nile crocodile. The American alligator was hunted to the brink of extinction, reaching endangered species status in the 1970s. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enacted a program for collecting eggs and returning hatchlings to the wild.
Today, we have a plethora of wild and farmed alligators in south Louisiana.
Here in Lafayette, Louisiana, I live in the epicenter of the alligator world. We create everything from swamp tours to alligator sauce piquant on menus, to the fashion (yep) items I design. I am having a blast with fashion.
Lori Henderson is a mesa carrying artist, ART is her medicine through ART healing. She uses her art coupled with creativity to facilitate remembering; body, mind, and spirit are healed state. Walking as an earth keeper on the path of pollen, Lori embodies the hive as a teacher for community, unconditional love, and service. Using ritual, ceremony, mediation and prayer she creates modern petroglyphs/shamanic symbolisms from weaving, sewing, and layering reclaimed materials, unifying her art with ancient teachings. Each piece is infused with the remembered knowledge of the healed state. Lori has been walking the artist/shamanic way traveling, observing, studying and embodying diverse cultures for many years. After walking the Camino De Santiago Spain her shamanic apprenticeship started with the Bouquet of Light Allyu traveling and exploring with the Queo’ of high Andes of Peru. In May of 2016 Lori graduated as a Humpekomyok She expresses ancient teachings using art to encourage balance of the feminine and masculine energies for empowerment. Moreover, Lori uses her art as a medium of change and creativity as a path into new consciousness and cross-pollination of ancient teachings of indigenous cultures with modern ideas and methods to be an agent for change.
My love of art goes back as far as I can remember. For me, using power tools, building things, and then painting them has always been a passion. For many years, I built benches, tables, birdhouses, and boxes, which become my canvases. More recently I returned to two-dimensional pieces.
The inspiration for the work almost always comes from nature, like being a kid again and seeing animal shapes in clouds or faces in flowers and trees. Living in the country obviously surrounds me with endless inspiration. The images, however, come from the thoughts and places in my head, which manifest in pictures rather than words. There are magical flying or underwater contraptions which if real, could possibly fly or float. I see animals dressed as humans and humans often disguised as animals. They are all loosely based on the saying that we should never judge a book by its cover. The perception of good or bad, right or wrong, often cunning, sometimes forthright can be found in my pictures through maybe blurred as to which is which.
The story behind the images is my story. I hope that the viewer will be intrigued and then encouraged to write his or her own story.
Bill Nethery was born and raised in Algiers, LA. He eventually got degrees in Forest Biology at North Carolina State University and now works as a wetlands biologist. Bill also has worked with wood and played music as hobbies for many years.
Mr. Nethery has always enjoyed viewing and learning about art but decided to try painting (while his nephew Sean was an art student) so that he could have a better idea of what it is like to work with that medium. His favorite color combination is obviously blue and gold, but someday he will ask his nephew Sean to help him branch out so that Sean can show him what he learned in art class.
These paintings were created in the interest of re-purposing photograph paper that would otherwise be in the landfill. The paint was put on the back of the photograph and worked into shapes until a noticeable form appeared. Then specific elements were added to complete the figure or story that had unfolded. This process is much like looking at clouds to see what shapes are there but then adding things like eyes or feet. It begs the question of whether there was actual composition, which is one of the components of art, as Mr. Nethery learned from his nephew. The title or story that comes out is a whole different matter.
Dutch Kepler was born in 1943 in Kirksville, Missouri, and grew up in an Air Force family on Cape Cod before moving to the south. His B.A. from North Texas State was followed by a job at Bloom Advertising in Dallas. Dutch earned an M.F.A. from Florida State and returned to USL for thirty years teaching advertising design. During this period, he won awards in Lafayette, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Tulsa, Birmingham, and Memphis for graphic design. He was chosen as a Distinguished Professor by the USL Foundation. Dutch also holds lifetime achievement awards from Acadiana Advertising Federation and Dallas Society of Visual Communications.
As a painter he has taken part in one-person and group shows in places like New York City, Miami Beach, Florence, South Carolina as well as the Beausoleil Louisiana Solar Home Project at the Solar Decathlon in Washington D. C. Dutch has played jazz drums with Kidd Jordan, Dickie Landy, Rusty Mayne, and countless others in clubs and galleries in Lafayette and New Orleans. Dutch and his wife, Joy, live on fifteen acres with a pond north of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana where they visit each other’s’ studios and fish out back daily. In 2017, Acadiana Center for the Arts honored Dutch with a four-month retrospective of his paintings.
Trent Oubre is a talented musician, a web and graphic designer, and a Louisiana Folk painter.
Working with a diversity of clients ranging from local musicians to large corporations and being a person who has difficulty saying no, I take on projects that challenge my abilities and allow me to become proficient in multiple areas of design. I have the most fun creating logos, but I am amazed by the possibilities that new web development techniques offer. Lately, I have been delving into that area, and I find myself obsessed with reverse-engineering websites I admire.
My folk paintings are an escape from reality for myself and serve as a tribute to the culture of Louisiana. Growing up in south Louisiana, I absorbed the rich culture of music, food, and “joie de vivre” that surrounded me.
I tried cooking, but that didn’t plan out. So, I started painting. My artistic influences range from El Greco to Basquiat, and I taught myself how to paint the same way I learned graphic design, reverse engineering.
When Donna Hudson spies a find, she’s already thinking about its reincarnation.
In the late 1980s, Hudson dabbled in wood-working, silversmith work and eventually landed a job as a ‘finisher’ at a machine shop, becoming the first woman in the company to ‘order the men around.’ She learned more about fine-tuning and sanding than she cares to remember and quickly realized that aging is not fun, and retiring was sure to be an excellent alternative—except she works more being retired now than ever.
Although Donna wasn’t hooked on any particular idea to stay busy when retirement came, she was mostly captured by the interesting pups that she met through her Doggie Love business—she sits and cares for all fur babies when their owners need to travel.
While dog-sitting, she began to occupy her time by creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, she quickly realized her passion for taking apart pieces of jewelry and reinventing them, along with creating unique earrings with alligator teeth, stones, and other metal attachments.
Donna has a unique eye and natural ability to handpick prize pieces from the rubble and hopes you’ll find her jewelry a new-found treasure that will surely be the statement piece you’ve always wanted!
I started painting to reduce stress as it was not a good time to be in banking 2007-2008. A friend suggested I try painting. He knew I could draw, so it would be a good transition for me to try. So painting became my therapy, and it quickly became more than that. I read and took lessons from some of the best teachers I could find that matched the style I liked.
Even before I became an artist, I loved the Louisiana landscape. The live oak trees always looked like giant bonsais to me. The bayous and swamps are like nothing else in the U.S. I have painted around the country, and I still think Louisiana is so unique that I can’t wait to paint the scenes.
I decided to do like the Hudson River painters. They painted as much in that area as they could because it was so beautiful. I started to paint as much as I could in South Louisiana (we call it Acadiana) to leave something for people to see how beautiful it is. I also painted everyday life in New Iberia from the bayous to sugar cane harvesting (which is a big industry in South LA) to bridges and our antebellum homes such as the Shadows on the Tech.
I help run a Plein air event in New Iberia called Shadows on the Tech Plein Air. We have hosted some of the best artists in the country to come and paint in Acadiana. We just finished our 5th year in March. Without fail every year, the artists tell me how beautiful everything is. With the azaleas in bloom, the colors are unbelievable. More than one artist has said to me that there 100 great paintings in a 5-mile range. That is what I try to capture in my art: the things I grew up with; going down the Bayou Teche with my dad; going into a cane field, cutting down a piece of cane and tasting the sugar; sitting next to a giant live oak with the trunk as big as a car; painting the Duperior Bridge in my boat (my boat is called the Cajun Monet) with my wife. All these things remind me of home. You could call it the Hudson River painting of the south.
Brian Schneider is a lighting designer and licensed electrician based in Lafayette, Louisiana.
A New York City native, he has worked extensively in lighting for Theater, Dance, TV, and as Lighting and AV Manager at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Upon moving to Lafayette, Louisiana, in 2011, he became the Technical Director for the Acadiana Center for the Arts, assisting them through their ﬁrst four seasons. In 2015, Brian began his own design ﬁrm, Footcandle Lighting & Electric. He lights performances, as well as landscape, commercial, and residential projects. He loves working with the people of South Louisiana, and integrates Louisiana’s culture and point of view, with his personal style.
Also, Brian continues designing for live performance, working with groups such as Opera Louisiane, Basin Dance Collective, Acting Up in Acadiana, Milena Theater Group, and Wanderlust Theater Company.
I have been long fascinated by the intersection between science and spirit. Once thought of as polar opposites, the two fields have been steadily moving together, especially over recent years. For me, light has always represented this place where science and spirit, art, and technology meet. It is everywhere, and still a mystery. Both wave and particle, it can harm or heal us, reveal and hide truths, it directly interacts with our hearts, minds, and bodies.
And the Stars Aligned Constellations, as Interpreted by Lamp Design Brian Schneider, Andromeda (light installation): The Princess; The Chained Maiden is part of this series and is on permanent display at Pink Alligator Gallery.
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