“LAND-SCAPES: Photographs | Paintings | Drawings”
Location: The River House at Crevasse 22 – 8122 Saro Lane, Poydras, LA
Dates: January 2015 – August 2015
Press Coverage: Article on nola.com by Susan Langenhennig HERE
NEW ARTS VENUE TO OPEN IN ST. BERNARD PARISH
“River House” in Poydras to open with an exhibition of landscapes organized by the Creative Alliance of New Orleans
POYDRAS, LA.— The Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) and the Torres | Burns Trust announce the opening of the River House, a new arts space in Poydras, Louisiana in St. Bernard Parish, close to the Mississippi River levee, and adjacent to a lake created by the Crevasse of 1922.
The first exhibition at the new space opened on December 20th, 2014, with a holiday brunch at 8122 Saro Lane. The visual arts exhibition, a grouping of landscapes and waterscapes by local and regional artists, is a companion to CANO’s “Crevasse 22,” a temporary sculpture exhibition on the same property.
The exhibition, “LAND-SCAPES: Photography | Drawings | Paintings,” included works by Errol Baron, Ron Bechet, Henry Butler, Sandra Russell Clark, Tina Freeman, Gabrielle Gaspard, Gary Cecchine, Jillian Gibson, William Guion, Simon Gunning, Diego Larguia, Robert MacDonald, Robert Perrin, Sandra Buring Pulitzer, Rudolf Karl Radlinger, Richard Sexton, Michel Varisco, and Jane Randolph Wipple; all artists who live and work in New Orleans. Jane Wipple is deceased.
The exhibition is designed to reflect the underlying environmental theme of the Crevasse 22 Sculpture Exhibition about the destructiveness of nature, and yet its resiliency and beauty. CANO hopes the exhibitions will underscore awareness of the environmental threats and the natural beauty of our region and of St. Bernard Parish.
“Many people think of St. Bernard as the highway that runs through the parish, unaware of the natural beauty of the land beyond the highway that includes bayous, graceful oak trees, and abundant bird life and fisheries that support a unique cultural legacy spawned by the Islenos people who came from the Canary Islands to settle the area in the 18th century,” said Jeanne Nathan, Executive Director of CANO, who curated and produced the exhibitions.
“CANO continues our mission of helping regional creative artists and producers develop sustaining careers and helping our creative economy to grow,” said Nathan.
The Torres | Burns Trust sponsored the exhibitions on land owned by Sidney Torres III and Roberta L. Burns surrounding a lake created by the natural crevasse of 1922. That crevasse triggered the idea of blowing up the near-by levee as a strategy, not supported by science, to prevent the flooding of New Orleans during the great flood of 1927. The levee was exploded near the 1922 crevasse. In the end it was a crevasse up-river from New Orleans that relieved the threat of the 1927 flood to New Orleans.
Sidney Torres III said, “I am excited to share the beauty of the natural setting with others, as an example of the beauty of this region.”
“The site also provides an opportunity for artists to be inspired to create and show work that relates to the nature and culture of the area,” said Torres.
The sculptures, photographs and paintings also interpret the dangers of flooding, the impending dangers from the loss of wetlands, and the importance of treasuring and protecting the region’s natural assets.
The Crevasse 22 and Land-Scapes shows comprise one of three Prospect 3+ sites at which CANO is presenting the work of New Orleans artists during Prospect 3. Works are also on view at the Myrtle Banks Building at 1307 O.C. Haley Boulevard, and the St. Maurice Church in the Lower 9th Ward.
CANO’s mission is to provide training, education, and information for creative artists, cultural producers and the community, to protect our cultural legacy and to promote the revitalization of the city as a cultural and economic center.
Directions: Take St. Claude Avenue to the bridge, keep going as St. Claude veers left and becomes St. Bernard Highway. Travel down St. Bernard Highway for about 12 miles, passing through a canopy of live oak trees and two port sites. After the second port, where a large military ship is berthed, go to the next stop light, with Guillory’s grocery on the left, and a purple and pink snowball stand on the right and turn right. Without coming out of the turn, see the Saro Lane sign, and signs for the River House. Stay right, passing through a small suburban area; proceed almost to the levee, where a gate opening on the left welcomes you to the Crevasse 22 site. You will be directed where to park.