Kepler highlights October ArtWalk

Facilitator of grooves and creator of colorful expressionist paintings, retired UL visual arts instructor Dutch Kepler brings his extravagant gifts to Gallery 549...

"Earth Spears" by Dutch Kepler

Facilitator of grooves and creator of colorful expressionist paintings, retired UL visual arts instructor Dutch Kepler brings his extravagant gifts to Gallery 549 for the upcoming ArtWalk, scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Saturday downtown.

A native of Missouri and instructor at UL for more than 30 years, Kepler earned an M.F.A. at Florida State University. His work has been shown in both solo and group shows at galleries across the Gulf Coast and in New York City. Kepler was also honored as a Distinguished Professor by the UL Foundation.

The genial artist is also known to those deeply in the hip around Lafayette as a skilled jazz drummer who hosts free-form jazz jams at his home north of Breaux Bridge. Kepler has also performed with Kidd Jordan, Dickie Landry, Rusty Mayne and others in clubs and galleries in Lafayette and New Orleans. One of Kepler's paintings - a 4'x2' portrait of a double bass player - hangs in the office at The Independent.

Kepler's exhibition, "Earth Spears," will be up at Gallery 549 on Jefferson Street through Nov. 2, with an opening reception during ArtWalk.

Also featured Saturday during ArtWalk:

Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St. / 233-7060
Main Gallery: Andree & Mike Stansbury's "ArtAffair: A 55-Year Retrospective"
Side Gallery: "Collages and Constructions" by Mary Ellen Leger
Vault Gallery: Mary Louise Porter's "Louisiana Corners and Cajun Blue"

Adrian Fulton's Fine Art Gallery
302 Jefferson St. / 658-3274

Arts Co-op Gallery and Studio
535 ½ Jefferson St. / 344-8657
Tanya Falgout's recent works including mosaic arches and paintings, mixed media and mosaic chairs, and handmade tiles; Travis Prejean's newest series of crosses, funk junk furniture, photography and mixed media digital images; Cliff Broussard's hand-painted tiles, sgraffito bowls and mixed media copper enamel and ceramics. Song writers Fawn Larson and Rebecca Richard will perform in the backyard accessible through back doors of the Arts Co-op and Cajun Spice galleries.

Cajun Spice
535 Jefferson St / 232-3061
"Seize The Clay" - works by gallery owner Melissa Dronet

Children's Museum of Acadiana
201 E. Congress St. / 232-8500
In conjunction with the opening night of the Children's Museum of Fear: Storytelling, the CMA will also offer Halloween art projects for children outside (weather permitting).

Cité des Arts
109 Vine St. / 291-1122

Francis Pavy Studio
210 Gordon St. / 232-6682
Open Studio.

Gallery 549
549 Jefferson St. / 593-0796
"Earth Spears" - paintings by Dutch Kepler
Galerie Lafayette at The Lafayette Public Library
538 Jefferson St. / 261-5775
Vaughn Simpson's watercolor exhibition, "Informed Look".

Gallery R (at The Russo Group)
116 E. Congress St. / 769-1530
Works by Clay Judice

Lounge Art Gallery
402 S. Buchanan St. / 236-5570
Group show curated by Jeffery McCullough featuring works by Kyte Aymond, Ryan Cormier, Maureen Dugas, Joy Gardner, Kelli Kaufman, Anne Mcleod and Gwen Voorhies.

Sans Souci Gallery
219 E. Vermilion St. / 266-7999
Clay works by Anita B. Hughes

St. Pierre's Center for the Arts
114 W. Vermilion St. / 236-9111
Collaborative mural: "Evolution of Independence." Music by Lyle Begnaud.

Whoojoo Stained Glass
532 Jefferson St. / 269-9310
Open Studio.