Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Written by Walter Pierce
Exhibition celebrates ‘remarkable eye’ of Kent Hutslar.
Memorial art exhibitions have a dark patina. Someone has to die. This Saturday, the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ Side Gallery will host a memorial exhibition during ArtWalk that is at least 15 years premature. We would have been content to wait 20 or more.
Photographer Kent Hutslar died Saturday, March 27, at University Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. He left behind a wife, Gwyn, and numerous children, step-children, grandchildren, friends and admirers.
The 59-year-old spent nearly a week in the hospital with what began as a cough and fever. Few knew that Kent was on a waiting list for a liver transplant — he contracted hepatitis in the early 1980s while working in the oil patch as a nurse. Fewer knew that the artist famed for his hand-tinted studies of flora, his sweeping, immaculately composed industrial photographs, captivating mandalas and breathtakingly panoramic images of our central business district had been a nurse. But most everyone knew the contributions he made to Lafayette’s arts culture.
“I first met Kent and Gwyn Hutslar several decades ago at the Artists Alliance located in the former Lafayette Hardware Store on Vermilion Street,” recalls Herman Mhire, a Lafayette artist and former director of the University Art Museum. “Kent and Gwyn were actively involved, helping to organize and install exhibitions, and doing whatever else was required to keep the doors of this grassroots operation open to the public.”
The Artists Alliance later moved around the corner to 551 Jefferson St. in what is now the office of The Independent Weekly. Throughout the nonprofit’s roughly 10 years in existence, Kent and Gwyn Hutslar were a presence, encouraging young artists, donating their time, setting the group’s tempo.
“I wanted to be involved in the organization of this memorial exhibition to pay tribute to Kent, and thank him and Gwyn for their generous contributions of time and energy to our arts community,” adds Mhire, who donated his time and energy this spring to curate the exhibition, meeting with Gwyn and selecting the photographs, overseeing their preparation, coordinating the event with the AcA.
Mhire had to work fast; the idea for the exhibition started getting batted around in mid-April. Thanks to the help of downtown Lafayette and the AcA, as well as financial contributions from LAGCOE — Hutslar’s industrial photography was primarily done for the oil industry and was the basis for several LAGCOE posters — and other businesses that chose to remain anonymous, the exhibition took form.
“Kent frequently offered his exceptional talent to benefit our organization, capturing the essence of downtown and its vibrancy in his works,” says Jody Nederveld, Downtown Development Authority associate director. “He was an incredible advocate for downtown and a leader in the arts community, and his devotion and enthusiasm for the district will live on in his works and his memory.”
Meanwhile for Mhire, serving as curator for the exhibition reminded him of Kent’s unique talent. “I was struck by the remarkable eye Kent had for light and shadow, for form and pattern,” Mhire says. “Whether he was photographing the oilfield, botanical subjects, or River Road architecture, Kent’s vision exhibited moments of brilliance. Kent was passionate about his subjects, and this exhibition will reveal his passion for the medium of photography.”
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.