Tess Talk: Welcome to the Dixie Center Gallery Nina Stephens

They say that you can take the girl out of Louisiana, but you can not take the Louisiana out of the girl, or something like that. Lucky for us Nina Stephens has returned to her roots and is showcasing her collection of paintings at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Even though she lived most of her life in Natchez, Mississippi she couldn’t escape her Louisiana spirit.

The opening reception was during the third week of Dog Days of Summer and it was a great way to welcome the newest additions to the Louisiana Tech family into our fair city. Nina’s paintings are kind reminders of home as well as moments of tranquility. The students and parents instantly connected her piece LA Tech Bull Dog that included the beloved mascot in the main gallery. As her work continued to line the walls the guests saw a variety of landscape paintings, one of the being of Hideaway Park and others of an outdoor paradise. Further along in the lobby are some examples of Nina’s still life paintings which emulate the culture of Louisiana. And lastly the viewers can see Nina’s skills in her animal paintings. My personal favorite is The Man, a rooster baring his broad chest with his head tilted back in pride and authority.

While all of Nina’s paintings draw the crowd in with cheer and delight they have a deep meaning for the artist herself. She will tell you that her paintings are her therapy, a way of story telling and exploring the journeys life has taken her through. It is a release of her emotions and an outlet for her to express her memories and feelings.

Nina’s paintings will be on display for a limited time at the Dixie Center for the Arts. So come on over, sit for a while, enjoy the experience, and reflect on the simple joys in life. You can thank Nina for the moment.