- Sat, Mar 11Imperial Calcasieu MuseumMake paper crafts with a floral/spring theme
Lerin Freyou: "Backyard Variety"
February 10th through April 15th 2023
"It’s not fine, art it’s fun art. It’s about the characters."
Each piece has a story. I started out painting fish and birds. This area has a vibrant culture that revolves around nature. When I would paint, and I would find myself giving each creature a back story. That’s how the Backyard Variety Gang (BVG) was started. It’s a collection of characters that you might find in your backyard. Then the collection grew, and I added characters from modern “Pop” culture and that’s when I started to lean into the Pop Art style.
There are many great artists from this region, but I have drawn a lot of inspiration from George Rodrigue. His work captured the rich heritage of this area and his most famous character, The Blue Dog, with her piercing yellow eyes, was a major influence when developing the modern BVG. I start most of my paintings with a deep yellow eye as my focal point. Other pieces are just me trying to get an image out of my head and onto a canvas. It’s usually done quickly and with little detail. But when life gets as busy as it has been, I’ve learned to embrace simplicity.
I want to make art that people remember. Simple and bold is easy to remember.
Other members of Gallery by the Lake will be exhibiting art under their own interpretations of the “Backyard Variety” theme
Historic City Hall Hours Tuesdays through Saturdays:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where to Find US
2nd Floor of the Historic City Hall
1001 Ryan St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601