That's the philosophy of Ginger Olivier and Dale Ziegler, owners of a trio of arts-related enterprises all housed under one roof on Main Street in Breaux Bridge.
Their newest conception, Bridge Gallery, occupies 6,000 square feet of loft space above Impressions, a print design and marketing company, and Impressive Art, which sells photographs, reproductions of drawings and paintings and specialty items like post cards and T-shirts sporting artwork. Their interest in offering quality printing for artists sparked the pair to provide a showcase for their customers, many who had never exhibited in a gallery.
Breaux Bridge artist and UL art teacher Troy Dugas was brought in to set up the gallery and curate the first show, which brought together 30 regional artists. "A lot of the artists exhibiting here are older people who are just beginning their careers," Dugas says. "Many of them haven't shown before. They're outsider artists, and they bring a freshness to the art scene." Dugas says outsider artists are self-taught.
There are established artists showing as well, such as the late Eugene Martin, sculptor Kelly Guidry and Dugas himself. Part of the beauty of the concept, according to Olivier, is that for artists who don't want to part with their originals, or buyers who would prefer a less expensive piece of art, the printing capabilities of the downstairs businesses allow artists to offer copies for pennies on the dollar. "We're helping artists market their work," Olivier says.
Dugas is developing a Web site that will offer digital wall space for exhibiting artists at Bridge Gallery. "It's one more way," he says, "of getting their artwork out into the world."
For more information, call Bridge Gallery at 332-5455 or visit its Web site at www.bridgegalleryart.com.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
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Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
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The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
NOLA Bowl ready prints
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Outfit Of The Game looks at jewelry.
Holiday party with style
Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
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