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Zigler to feature Calcasieu artists

Last Modified: Thursday, August 01, 2013 11:19 AM

Special to the American Press

JENNINGS — The Zigler Art Museum, 411 Clara St., held an opening reception for “The Buccaneer Artists Have Landed,” an exhibit of works by 18 Calcasieu Parish artists on Sunday, Aug. 3.

The exhibit, which will hang through Aug. 31, features Janet Badger, Ned Cappel, Sally Cappel, Marilyn Cox, Marcia Dutton, Pat Gallaugher, Bill Iles, Charlene Kaough, Heather Ryan Kelley, Kevin Leveque, Pat Love, Nancy Melton, John Metoyer, Della Pigott, Anne Shirley, Marilyn Vincent, Gerry Wubben and Sue Zimmermann.

Badger, born in New York and raised in Beaumont, Texas, has lived in many places. She began working as an etcher, and living in the West Indies opened her mind to including color in her works. In Russia, she began working with mezzotint and before leaving Moscow had a one-woman show.

Dutton began painting in 1983 while in Saudi Arabia and attended many workshops in Italy and England, and took a class at the University of Arizona. In 1993 she moved to Houston and delved more into working with oil, pastel and watercolor. She returned to Lake Charles in 2006. She is a member of the Associated Louisiana Artists.

Gallaugher, born and raised in Lake Charles, attended McNeese Junior College and Berea College and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He obtained his Louisiana architecture license and has worked for companies in Lake Charles. The techniques used in his drawings and water colors reflect his architectural training.

Kelley was born in New Haven, Conn., and is a professor of art in painting at McNeese State University. She obtained a bachelor’s in printmaking from Southern Methodist University and a master’s in painting from Northwestern State University.

Leveque, a native of Lake Charles, received a full scholarship to Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He was a successful illustrator and graphic designer for 32 years in Los Angeles, London and Santa Fe, N.M., before returning to his hometown. His works have appeared in many publications and exhibits.

Love has painted in oils for decades and has tried encaustic work (colored wax), adding her own touch by including other materials in the wax to make it easier to work with to create mixed-media works.

Melton graduated from LSU and McNeese and served as an art therapist at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for many years. Her favorite subjects to paint include Louisiana scenes, houses, flowers, animals and fish.

Metoyer, a photographer and poet who lives in Chicago, is a professor at Wilbur Wright College. His photographic work is included in many public and private collections both nationally and internationally.

Pigott studied art at Louisiana College, Sacramento State College and McNeese State University. Her works can be seen in public and private collections across the United States.

Shirley was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Maryland. She lived most of her life in Louisiana and Texas. She was an art teacher for Calcasieu Parish schools. Her works have won numerous awards nationally and are in collections both nationally and internationally.

Vincent grew up in Alexandria and attended Louisiana State University, where she met her husband, who entered the Air Force. They ended up traveling and moving 11 times, and she now lives in Lake Charles with her Jack Russell terrier, Sweet Pea.

Wubben attended Mesa College, and then obtained a bachelor’s in printmaking from Colorado State University and a master’s in printmaking from Indiana University. Since 1987 he has been a professor of art at McNeese State University. In 2000, he was selected Lake Charles Artist of the Year.

Zimmermann is a native of Lake Charles and attended McNeese State University. She uses transparent watercolors and creates designs by using shape, color and texture.

For more information on the exhibit, contact the museum at 824-0114 or

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