Considering it fits pretty squarely in the realism genre — hyper-realism, arguably — Herb Roe’s latest series of paintings have an otherworldly, mystic quality. Once a protege of muralist Robert Dafford, Roe has established himself as one of Acadiana’s premier painters. A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, he has developed a keen eye for Cajun Country.
“My most recent batch of new work is an exploration of the mythic qualities of the festival and the costuming,” Roe says in his artist’s statement. “I search to portray the other-worldliness of the courir by placing them into a dream-like setting of spreading moss draped oaks enshrouded in fog. This lets me explore the psychological implications of the holiday with my status as an outsider, at the same time lending more of an impact to the brightly colored costumes by contrasting them against the pale gray of the misty landscapes. More than just a likeness, my work is my interpretation of the Light and Darkness involved in the holiday, draped in symbolic layers meant to elicit their inner thoughts and perceptions of our place in the world.”
An exhibition of Roe’s new series, “Le Courir — Explorations of community and culture in a world turned upside down,” will be on display Feb. 20-March 18 at the Jean Lafitte Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice. An opening reception is set for noon-3 p.m. Saturday, March 1. — IND Monthly Staff
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JUL 21 Education Week's EdWatch blog takes a look at our current snafu over Common Core in this post. To anyone outside the state, we certainly look like a bunch of dummies who can't agree on something as critical as what to teach our kids. That's good - right?
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JUL 21 Columnist Edward Pratt writes about the PBS documentary on segregation that prominently featured the secessionists in Baton Rouge who are trying to create their only little white city. (He said he kept expecting to hear banjos) But even if the documentary was heavy-handed, the fact remains that putting up barriers helps no one, Pratt writes.
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JUL 18 Did your homeowner's insurance go up? If you have State Farm it likely did, Jim Brown says in this week's blog. He's explaining how insurance increases work in Louisiana, and in other states, in this post.
JUL 18 Blogger CB Forgotston has some more info on the bill, passed the last day of the session, that adds $30K to State Police Commander Mike Edmonson's retirement check. He's found the precise location where this was explained to our solons, and there isn't very much there, he says, meaning somebody dropped the ball.
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