My art is the use of imagery as storytelling, I use the female form to accentuate my main themes or topics of my paintings. I am inspired by the masters, literature, and nature. my works show the portrayal of the female form in light way while discussing darker topics. I enjoy using metallic in art to infuse the beautiful something or to make it more apparent the importance of a character.
Colin Herke was born on March 9, 2003. He taught himself to draw by watching YouTube tutorials and the talented art school curriculum. His best accomplishments are best in state twice and best in district twice. He is developing his art skills and is looking into going to the art school STAMPS for college.
Sean Parker has studied cello under Daniel Cassin for 9 years. He has played in numerous ensembles including the Louisiana youth orchestra, the Louisiana all state orchestra, the Fiero quartet and many other chamber and large ensembles. Sean is a graduate of Runnels School and will be attending Emory University next fall pursing a double major in cello performance and biology.
Joseph Meinweiser began his graduate career at Louisiana State University in the fall of 2017. While at LSU, Joseph spends his time playing in the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony orchestra and many other chamber ensembles. As a graduate assistant with the LSU band program, Joseph assists with the Tiger Band, the Bengal Brass, the conducting classes, and the Symphonic Band. He also helps to plan and coordinate events as well as many other day to day activities that take place in a top-rate band program like LSU’s.
Joseph has orchestral credits as a substitute with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and as principal horn in two productions with Marble City Opera. Apart from these, Joseph has played frequently as a soloist and in small groups in both Knoxville and Baton Rouge and his wind quintet recently won second prize in the graduate division of the New Orleans Chamber Festival.
Louis DeAngelo’s journey began in 2004 at age 54 as a self-taught artist. He was encouraged by his wife and family to pursue his creativity, and began working with acrylics and colored pencil. The freedom of expression took root and he has never looked back. Transferring his feelings into art, and developing individualized techniques, he utilizes pallet knives, brushes, wax, sponges and more, focusing on the uniqueness of each canvas. His hope is that he may influence others to find their own creative souls.
Born and raised in New York State, Kyrie Berezuk received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The New York State College of Ceramics, in May 2015. After graduating, she moved to Carbondale, Colorado, to begin a year long residency program at SAW: Studio for Arts and Works, as well as a graphic design position and ceramic intern for artist, Alleghany Meadows, and the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. In May 2017, she relocated to Louisiana, where she teaches and creates art at The Art Factory in Lake Charles, LA. Through the use of a variety of mediums such as, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, installation and video art, her work aims to immerse her audience in carefully created and intentional moments.
Mathew Ward is currently an active violinist on the Gulf Coast, having previously lived on the east and west coasts as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and mentor. Currently based in Baton Rouge, Mathew is a former member of the Boston Civic Symphony and studio musician with SoundtRec Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects include contemporary improvisation with groups such as the New Music Ensemble at Tufts University and String Theory. As an opera enthusiast, he has had the pleasure of performing with Boston Opera Collaborative and New England Music and Performing Art Center’s Opera Project in Boston. In 2014 he joined forces alongside the American Symphony Orchestra to perform Verdi’s epic Missa da Requiemin at the Richard B. Fisher Performing Arts Center New York. As a native Californian, Mathew is a former member of San Diego City Ballet Symphony, Moonlight Stage Productions, and San Diego Musical Theatre. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Alan Lee Memorial Scholarship and Concerto Competition Winner with the La Primavera Symphony. Mathew has also toured with La Primavera throughout Italy, and participated in the Australian International Music Festival, where the orchestra clenched a silver medal with a performance in the Sydney Opera House.
Mathew believes the modern musician has a responsibility to share the passion, technique, and perspective they have acquired through their musical journey, and supports access to high quality music education to students of all ages and backgrounds, most recently mentoring teenage instrumentalists in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Take a Stand Festival. He was a frequent and enthusiastic mentor, as well, in the El Sistema Side-by-Side Orchestra at the Longy School of Music. He has served on the string faculty of the Arrowbear Chamber Music Festival, Youth and Family Enrichment Services (providing high quality musical education to underserved neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area), and Page Music Studios in Boston, distinguished by Boston Magazine as a “Best of 2016”. Mathew is a graduate of the Longy School of Music and a current Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in violin performance and conducting at LSU as an Ora May Scholar.
Jena Vangjel, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is a freelance trumpeter in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. She has performed with the New World Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. She is incredibly passionate about how music can create community, and works extensively with Street Symphony—a Los Angeles-based non-profit that brings high-level classical performances to the city’s most underserved citizens. Vangjel is a founding member of the Los Angeles Brass Quintet and is a member of the internationally acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band. She holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from The Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.