Monroe Art Crawl, Oct. 2

We've just received word of two exciting aspects of the upcoming Art Crawl in Monroe, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, from 5-9pm.

The Masur Museum of Art and the Twin City Art Foundation will present an Art Battle on Art Alley from 5:30-6:30, and voting will take place from 5:30-7, at which time the winner will be announced.  Five teams of artists will compete to create an original work of art in one hour in front of a live audience! The public will choose the winning team by depositing tips into their favorite team’s tip jar. This fun and friendly competition will provide a great opportunity to see art being made live! Competing teams will include art students from Grambling University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Louisiana Tech, as well as artists from the Downtown Arts Alliance and a Masur Museum team led by local artist Vitus Shell.


DOWNSTAIRS Gallery will be presenting PEDAGOGY, by Michele Whitley Olinde, with an Artist's Talk from 7:30-8

Olinde - Is this the End - at Downstairs Gallery

A native of Morgan City, Michele Whitley Olinde realized when she arrived at Northeast Louisiana University that she was not as prepared for art classes as the majority of the other art students. Her home town was warm and friendly but very limited in opportunities for training in the visual arts. With art and the creative process all encompassing, and entirely undaunted, Michele earned a B.F.A. with concentration in drawing and digital graphics, then returned to Northeast for her teaching certification and permanent residence in Monroe where she is now an educator and the Fine Arts Department Chairperson at West Ouachita High School.

Teaching was difficult at first because Michele wanted to be actively creating her own art. As she gained experience as an instructor, her students became the inspiration.

“Most of my paintings are of nature and inspired by the beauty found in a country landscape. Mixed media drawings and pen and ink are two of the most common media found in my portfolio. The ink pen has always felt natural in my hand. My first obsession was with pattern created with pen and ink techniques. I love to see strange and unusual textures created with the blending of different materials. When I paint, I concern myself with the effect of light so I tend to choose photographs taken late in the day or early in the morning.  My style of painting varies between realism and Impressionism.”

Pedagogy needs to be explored through the thinking and practice of those educators who look to accompany learners; care for and about them; and bring learning into life. As we learn through Michele, teaching is just one aspect of their practice.  “Creating art is a journey I take by myself and my work reflects the experiences I have along the way.”