An upcoming exhibit at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport titled “Natchitoches Artists: Changing Landscapes” will feature photographs by Anna Tapia MacDonald, head of Information Literacy, Library Instruction and Reference at Northwestern State University’s Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library. Also included will be work by Dr. Massimo Bezoari, a retired NSU professor, and William Beier of Natchitoches. The exhibit will feature large-scale acrylics, oils and photography.
An opening reception will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in the museum’s West Wing Gallery. The exhibit will run through Nov. 13
MacDonald previously worked in exhibitions and installations at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the St. Louis Art Museum. Those experiences allowed her to connect with contemporary artists and handle artwork from around the world, while still remaining passionate about her own photography and painting skills.
“I draw inspiration from the world around me, whether I am exploring a peaceful garden, walking on a sandy beach, or traveling to new places. Themes in my work include unique architecture, ancient sculptures, nighttime scenes and hidden corners,” MacDonald said.
Bezoari retired from teaching at NSU in 2020, after he served as the Richard Lounsbery Professor of Chemistry at the Louisiana Scholars’ College from 2006 to 2020. A mostly self-taught painter, he attended classes at the Glasgow School of Art as a child growing up in Scotland.
Beier is a retired college professor, writer and artist who currently resides in north Louisiana. He assembles his images from a variety of sources composed over the last several decades, attempting to exploit novel arrangements for stimulating cognitive experiences inhabiting the visual landscape. Exhibitions of his work include galleries in Los Angeles, New York City, as well as Louisiana. More information about his artwork can be found at http://www.abstractjourneyss.com.
Visitors are invited to view the exhibit during regular museum hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 3015 Greenwood Road in Shreveport, between Hearne and Jewella Avenues. Admission is free and tours are available by appointment. For more information about the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, go to www.laexhibitmuseum.org or call 318.632.2020. For the Secretary of State’s Museums Program, please visit www.sos.la.gov/museums.