BR art scene gains a new 'Drip' of entertainment

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 10:26am

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) -- Fine art isn't just for galleries any more, and artists don't just paint in studios.

It’s the hottest trend happening in the local art scene - artists are taking their process out of the work room and putting it in front of a live audience.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, North Gate Tavern held its monthly art exhibit called “Drip.” Along with showing work from several local painters, participants put their canvas on the stage. Their work was inspired by the sounds provided by a local DJ.

“I bought NGT a few months ago and am really wanting to turn over a new leaf,” Dusty Cooper, the new owner of North Gate Tavern, said when explaining how Drip came about. “[Josh McLin, entertainment/booking manager for the venue] put together the first Drip show a couple months ago. It had a really great turn-out.”

For local artists, Drip is just another of many new opportunities to not only display their work, but also take it to a new level with live a live display.

"The art scene in Baton Rouge has blown up tremendously over the past 5 years, but even just this past one year,” Grace Emden, a local artist who has participated as a live painter in Drip, explained. “There have been more opportunities to do things in the art scene than there ever has before."

As for North Gate Tavern, they say they will continue to feature the Drip art show and live painting each month, as well as provide more unique nights of entertainment and opportunities for entertainers of all types.

“Drip is held on the second Tuesday of every month. The remaining Tuesdays we are alternating with an improv group from New Orleans and a local stand-up comedy team,” Cooper explained. “We [are also] showing short films at least once a month. So far we've had a terrific response.

“We will be incorporating other genres of music into our line-up, as well,” she continued to say. “Local music will be our focus through everything.”

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