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Once Upon a Bayou

shallotsThe Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge is featuring a 60-year retrospective exhibit featuring the work of world-renowned South Louisiana artist Chestee Harrington. Visitors can view “Once upon a Bayou” through August 2. The exhibit highlights more than 50 years of Harrington’s art and offers a preview of newer creations.

“My work as a spiritual expressionist is centered on the connection between heaven and earth, and that inspiration begins here, from where the fireflies dance to the bullfrogs song,” says Harrington.

Harrington grew up in New Iberia, along the historic Bayou Teche. Her now-famous use of wood as an artistic medium originated in her father’s cabinet shop, where she developed an affinity for the fragrance and feel of various woods. Decades later, her polychromatic bas reliefs — carved and painted works in wood — have been shown across the United States and abroad. Her original works, capturing Louisiana life, moods and settings, have been universal favorites and are particularly cherished by serious collectors.

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