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Monday, December 13, 2010 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Baton Rouge Gallery's Third Annual Surreal Salon to Feature Contemporary Work from Across the Country in January

The Third Annual Surreal Salon will run from Jan. 4-27, 2011 at Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. This exciting exhibition will feature the work of contemporary artists from across the country, engaging audiences in a multi-sensory art experience and shedding light on the growing popularity and exceptional quality of contemporary surrealism and the pop-surrealist movement. The Third Annual Surreal Salon, which can only be seen at BRG, celebrates the many reasons why this irreverent and exciting movement has come to the forefront of contemporary art in recent years.

The Surreal Salon will feature the works of 27 artists from 11 different states. The work on display will run the gamut from video to sculpture, from photography to paintings.

More than 125 works were submitted from across the nation for consideration by the exhibition's juror. Baton Rouge Gallery is proud to announce the roster of artists selected to participate in the Third Annual Surreal Salon, as chosen by the exhibition's juror, Chris Ryniak:

Robyn Alatorre

Redondo Beach, CA


August Amoroso

Portland, OR


Donna Barrere

Baton Rouge, LA



Nannette Cherry

Orlando, FL


Claire Lewis Evans

Tuscaloosa, AL


Michelle Fontenot

Opelousas, LA


Mimi Fowler

Gonzales, LA


Kit French

Baton Rouge, LA


Gale Gibbs

Rockwall, TX


April Hammock

Baton Rouge, LA



J. Michael Harris

Gulfport, MS


Alex Harvie

New Orleans, LA


Eric Hudgins

Shelbyville, IN


Ben Johnson

Cicero, IN


S. Brett Kaufman

San Francisco, CA


Amy Kollar Anderson

Dayton, OH


David Normal

Stinson Beach, CA


Andrew Ortiz

Arlington, TX


Pat Phillips

Pineville, LA


Cynthia Rogers

Los Angeles, CA


Holly Streekstra

Indianapolis, IN


Brandan Styles

Denver, CO


Caroline Thomas

New Orleans, LA



Jeanne Umbdenstock

Metairie, LA


Priscilla Van Laarhoven

Kew Gardens, NY


Davana Wilkins

Hammond, LA


Kenneth Wilks

Saint Amant, LA



Baton Rouge Gallery's Third Annual Surreal Salon will be punctuated by a one-night celebration of the exhibition Saturday, Jan. 22 from 6-10 p.m. Titled the Surreal Salon Soirée, this evening of art, exciting live music and costumed attendees will surely be unlike any the arts community in our area has seen since last year's affair.


All are invited to wear their "most surreal" attire to view and celebrate the work included in the Surreal Salon (and hear the announcement of this year's winners and the awarding of more than $2,000 in prize monies) while enjoying live musical performances from the internationally-acclaimed Quintron & Miss Pussycat and DJ OttO. The evening will also include surrealist games, a performance from the fire performance troupe, Jebediah Goodstuff's Pyromaniacal Olde-Thyme Travelling Sideshow and much more. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

A variety of free refreshments will be provided during the Soirée.


The Surreal Salon festivities will not stop there. On Jan. 23, the day following the Surreal Salon Soirée, Ryniak will speak at Baton Rouge Gallery as a special engagement of the gallery's popular ARTiculate series. During this engagement, Ryniak provides insight into his work, techniques, inspirations and unique artistic processes. According to Ryniak, "Whatever the medium or outlet that I explore with my work, the message is always the same, and that is to never forget the wondrous world beneath our feet and the treasures it holds between the cracks." Ryniak's presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m.

Serving as juror for the Third Annual Surreal Salon, artist and sculptor Chris Ryniak's paintings and sculptures have exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. including some of the nation's most popular contemporary art galleries: Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), MyPlasticHeart (NYC), Roq La Rue (Seattle, WA), Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles, CA). A rising star of the pop-surrealist movement and contemporary art in general, his work was recently featured at Art Basel, (Miami, FL), inside the pages of popular publications such as Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz, as well as abroad in Germany, Canada and Italy.

For more information regarding the Third Annual Surreal Salon or any of the festivities scheduled in conjunction with it, please visit or call 225-383-1470.

Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility, is supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge (through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program). The Gallery also receives support from the Community Fund for the Arts, WRKF, its Community Members and the late Paula Manship.

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