Exploring the Creative Arts Scene in Monroe, Louisiana

Our latest solo exhibition at Neville House features a variety of recent works by local mixed-media artist Jason Byron Nelson. Nelson is a graphic designer and illustrator by day, famous locally for designing the infamous Flying Tiger Brewery beer can labels through his boutique design firm Trick Button. At night, he is a mixed-media artist who paints bold pieces that explore human shadows. We couldn't think of a more appropriate way to end the month of October than by showing Nelson's revealing collection along with an artist's reception at the historic Neville House on Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Bird Over Our City, 36 x 48 inches, mixed media on canvas, by Jason Byron Nelson. Smaller prints will also be available at Neville House. Betty Crouch is without a doubt one of the most charming people we have ever had the opportunity to meet. We're truly impressed by their charm, charisma, and cheerful outlook, not to mention their boundless creative energy.

Betty is a local ceramicist, currently residing in Bastrop, Louisiana, whose exquisite handmade pieces leave their mark on you in a way you don't often see these days. His works, exhibited at Neville House and available for purchase at his next exhibition, Bowled Over, evoke a deep connection with nature, capturing swamps and flowers alike. Stop by Neville House on Thursday, July 28th between 5:00 and 8:00 PM, to see the Jay N. Davis' solo art exhibition, Bird & Bloom, and meet him in person.

Davis' exclusive lifestyle collection, including stationery, pillows, bags and more designed with his artwork, will also be on view and available for purchase during the art exhibition. Come enjoy an incredible evening of abstract art, unique finds, fun fashions, homemade baked goods and fresh flowers at the historic Neville House (217 Hudson Lane, in the Monroe Garden District), Thursday, April 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Along with the Downtown Gallery Crawl, we've invited some of our favorite local artists, artisans and entrepreneurs to come so you can buy their latest products and creations while we organize the perfect evening to enjoy each other's company on the beautiful grounds of Neville House.

We will serve small bites in a historic and modern setting. Bring your friends, find an outdoor spot on the porch or lawn, wander through art-filled indoor spaces creating our unique experience of staying with art, and simply enjoy the spring night. Neville House serves the NELA community as an Airbnb, art gallery and collective for workshops and pop-up windows. Throughout the year, Neville House also participates in the Downtown Gallery Crawl. Rebekah Lawrence is the owner and curator of Neville House together with her husband Nick. They have lovingly transformed this historic home into a creative space that integrates art and antiques into the interior showcases works by local artists (available for sale) organizes pop-up windows workshops and educational sessions and is also available as a vacation rental on Airbnb so that guests can have the unique experience of spending the night and “sleeping” with art. A guest room on the top floor of Neville House features life-size paintings by Caroline inspired by old Kodachrome slides. An original painting of a Louisiana alligator from the Predators and Prey series has an impressive presence in the Neville House master bedroom suite. Overnight stays have become a popular offer in European galleries which seek to better serve art-loving tourists.

And now a local arts patron is taking the concept to the other side of the Atlantic to Northeast Louisiana (NELA) and to the heart of the Monroe Garden District. The grandeur of the upper exterior balcony and front porch with haunting blue ceilings whitewashed clapboard cladding and the original carport in the back have stood the test of time. Whether you're visiting Neville House for an overnight stay for an art tour or just strolling around the neighborhood be sure to say hello to La Garza - one of 87 heron sculptures located on properties in NELA as part of Heron in The Swamp public art initiative which connects talented artists with local community by commissioning them to create six-foot-tall heron sculptures. The Neville House heron was hand decorated by local artist Mario Mata in keeping with folk art tradition of Huichol people of Mexico. A popular activity for art lovers is to participate in “heron hunt” Download digital map Herons in The Swamp then go out look for many as you can taking photos tagging them social media. Visitors to Monroe (or locals looking for a vacation) now have Neville House for a unique authentic Garden District experience. Streets lined living oak trees evoke what Rebekah describes “Southern charm European twist” Just down street from Neville House Okaloosa Restaurant stylish new café where locals flock droves inside out addition visitors just short drive from Biedenharn Museum Gardens Coca Cola Museum Forsythe Park...

Lowell Birnberg
Lowell Birnberg

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