Exhibit uses scrap to explore behavior

By Special to the American Press

The city of Lake Charles will host

“It’s What You Make of It” by Bennett Sewell at Historic City Hall Arts

& Cultural Center,

1001 Ryan St.

A free opening reception will be 5-9 p.m. Sept. 28, during the annual Gallery Promenade. The exhibition will run through Jan.


Sewell — a retired physician living in

Shreveport and nephew of famed Louisiana artist Clyde Connell ­— uses

found objects,

scrap metal and wood to construct sculptures that resemble dogs

dressed as people, complete with human mannerisms and personality


A monologue accompanies each sculpture, and many of the sculptures will be accompanied by the characters’ speeches through

listening stations.

“My work is about living; it is about

what people make of it. So many of our fundamental ways to live are

formed early without

the benefit of experience. These decisions are many times fixed in

place by childhood emotions and not by rational thinking,”

Sewell said.

“The behavior that results is fascinating to watch and to recreate in a metaphorical sense. I use dogs anthropomorphically

because they naturally exhibit human characteristics.”

To meet the characters, visit www.facebook.com/BennettSewell.

Also on exhibit will be “Retrospective” by Francis Pavy, through Nov. 10, and “The Artisan’s Gallery,” through Oct. 27.

Historic City Hall is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.