A nod to family and heritage, a mastery of the landscape, and some really twisted sculpture highlight the next exhibit at Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville.

A nod to family and heritage, a mastery of the landscape, and some really twisted sculpture highlight the next exhibit at Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville. 
The three woman show includes Caroline Youngblood, of Riverton, Mary Louise Porter, of Natchitoches, and Char White, of Hornbeck.
Julia Caroline Youngblood grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation in Riverton, Louisiana.
She attended Louisiana State University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting.
Youngblood pursued graduate work at Syracuse University, New York. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University, with a concentration in drawing and painting.
Caroline has teaching experience as an instructor for beginning watercolor, and as a teaching assistant in numerous courses at the college level.
Her work has been included in a multitude of juried and solo exhibitions, including the prestigious 2012 “Louisiana Contemporary” exhibit at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.
She recently completed a three month residency at Centre d’Art, Marnay sur Seine, France (CAMAC), funded by an Artist’s Career Advancement Grant which was awarded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
The works in the show at Gallery One Ellleven will be from the work done during the residency in France.
Mary Louise Porter’s passion for intense, bold color and line are shown in her contemporary landscapes. 
Her paintings and drawings emphasize Louisiana landscapes and towns, entwining the personality of each in her work.
Porter’s artwork reflects the beautiful imagery of the countryside, from the undulating hills of California and Costa Rica, to the cotton fields of Louisiana.
Porter received a MFA in painting from Louisiana State University.
She teaches Fine Arts Survey for the Louisiana Virtual School, and has taught painting, drawing, and various studio classes at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches.
Providing a contrast to the painted images in this exhibit, Hornbeck artist Char White presents some really, really twisted sculptures.
Char White began work in the arts in late 2001, after leaving the teaching profession. Not having a background in formal art education, her initial forays into the world of art involved work with wire sculpting and fabric collage.
Char entered her first juried competition in 2007, and was awarded Best in Show at the 14th Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery Juried Show.
Since then, she has been represented in other competitions with a comfortable measure of success in both wire sculpting and fabric collage.
She has participated at the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival in Alexandria, and the Gallery One Ellleven annual competition exhibition.
Her affiliations include membership in the Natchitoches Art Guild, the Depot Art Guild, the National Collage Society, and the Contemporary Arts Guild.
The exhibit will open April 3, and a reception for the artists will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. The exhibit will run through April 27.
For more info visit  www.galleryoneellleven.org, email to galleryoneellleven@gmail.com, or Facebook at Leesville LA Art.
Artist websites include www.marylouisiana.com and www.carolineyoungblood.com