NCLAC is pleased to announce the 2017 President’s Award winners that were presented at our Annual Meeting and Member Holiday Party at Ruston Artisans on January 9.
Patron of the Year was awarded to Jeanette and Justin Hinckley for their continued support of the arts in our area, including the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Volunteer of the Year is Liz Zanca, for her volunteerism in the office and with the Holiday Arts Tour Committee. Arts Innovator of the Year was received by Randy Null on behalf of Judi Null. Her work through Ruston Artisans is adding a unique component to the downtown Ruston arts scene. Board Member of the Year was given to Richard Lewis, who has served for years as Board Treasurer and is stepping down from that position this year. Corporate Sponsor of the Year was awarded to Bank of Ruston, who is a huge advocate for the arts in our area. NCLAC partnered with Bank of Ruston with this winter’s Mapping out a Future exhibition. Artist of the Year was given to Kit Gilbert.
NCLAC is so pleased to award Kit Gilbert with the 2017 Artist of the Year award. In addition to being a talented businesswoman who’s added so much to Ruston, she’s also a talented artist, and is a treasure for our community. From large-scale nonrepresentational paintings, to small intimate collages and striking metal sculptures, Kit is prolific. Having experienced a variety of her work, one of my favorite series is the neutral collage pieces that were inspired by her travels throughout Italy. I also really enjoy her bright, large flat paintings that show her control of color.
Kit grew up influenced by the plains of West Texas and the lush wet landscape of Louisiana, with these landforms becoming the first heavy influence on her art.
As do many artists, Kit has developed her own abstract language through the years. Hers comes from a formal understanding of art and it’s properties, as well as from the world that surrounds her – both the natural world and modern life. Kit says she “tends to hover between meaning and the quest for finding meaning.”
Her work continues to evolve, with her most recent work dealing primarily with distortions. Kit is losing her vision, so is now working with larger geometric shapes. These are both two-dimensional, as well as three-dimensional applications to the surface of the paintings.
If you’d like to view Kit’s work or learn more about her, Judi Null at Ruston Artisans is your contact person. Connect with Judi at 318-254-3322.
The photo below shows Kit presenting a gift to Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker that inspired Mayor Walker to turn the historic Federal Building into an arts center. The painting is by Glen Kennedy and shows Vienna Street in downtown Ruston, with the historic Dixie Center for the Arts on one side of the street, and the abandoned 1908 Federal Building on the other. This was a beautiful moment during Holiday Arts Tour 2015. The community is excited to see the Federal Building revived under Mayor Walker’s leadership.