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Upcoming Classes

  • Spring Themed Paper Quilling
    Sat, Mar 11
    Imperial Calcasieu Museum
    Make 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. 

--Lerin Freyou


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

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