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Imogene Dewey opens HeARTful exhibit with son, daughter

Last Modified: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:31 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

Dewey Fine Art will be exhibiting their work in their family show “A HeARTful Family” with an opening ceremony at Historic City Hall on Friday with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Imogene Dewey and two of her eight children, daughter Theresa and her son Renè will be showing their work together for the first time.

Both Theresa and Imogene work together at Dewey Fine Art, their studio located on the third floor of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St. The mother and daughter duo focus primarily on watercolors, while Renè practices photography in his spare time while currently living in the Houston, Texas area. The show will feature over 30 new works between three of them.

“Watercolor is a difficult medium,” Imogene said. “A lot of people are scared of it, but we’re not.”

“It’s a very challenging medium, but it’s very rewarding when you get it right, and my mom, she gets it right.” Theresa said.

Imogene, who worked for years with oil and acrylic paints, picked up watercolors first in the eighties after taking several night classes at McNeese State University.

“Not too good at it at first. One day, our professor did a demonstration painting of a plain shell like it was on sand, and it impressed me so much. I thought, I have to learn to do that. Getting the form of the thing, before putting the decoration on it. So I started painting watercolors at that time, giving up oils, acrylics and everything else.”

“That is the appeal of watercolors, the spontaneity of it, to make it look like it’s fresh. I love the way that the colors blend together, that’s one of the main things I like and love.” Imogene said.

Theresa on the other hand, was a writer by trade for years, traveling with her husband who was in the Air Force. After he became ill in 2006, her mother pulled her out of depression through painting.

“Mom said, ‘You’ve got to get out of the house, come to the studio with me and just try to paint.’ I came up here, and it was probably my salvation at that point. I was very fortunate to be mentored under my mother.”

Now, Imogene and Theresa teach three classes per week at different times in the days. Both mother and daughter work together focusing on lessons for beginners in watercolors. For advanced students, private lessons can be arranged.

“We find we’re really good at telling people, this is how you hold a paintbrush,” Theresa said. “We keep our classes to six to seven students so that they get a lot of individual attention.”

This is Theresa and Renè’s first time having their work shown as artists.

For more information on Dewey Fine Art, call 337-477-0124 or visit

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