A local Leesville artist is being celebrated next month in Cameron Parish.

James R. Turner will have his paintings showcased in “Coastal Colors of Cameron Parish” at the Johnson Bayou Branch of the Cameron Parish Library on Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Turner and his wife Meriget have a beach home at Constance Beach in Johnson Bayou, La. This second home has allowed the couple to truly appreciate the wildlife, vegetation and beauty of the Gulf Coast in Cameron Parish.

Over a two year period, James created twenty-two watercolor paintings that portray the beauty of Cameron Parish’s coastal area. Twenty-one 11”x15”, and one 9”x12” paintings will be on display with prices on request.

A "retired" landscape architect, artist, author and teacher, Turner loves to sketch and always keeps a small sketchpad for those opportune moments. His book “Drawing with Confidence” was published in 1984.

His motto, “Designa sempre e non perder tiempo” (Always be drawing and do not waste time), is attributed to Michelangelo by Ruskin.

His career began 55 years ago as a gardener on Olmstead’s Bok Tower Gardens. As a Landscape Architect, he has worked around the globe and was rewarded an Honorary Doctorate of Art from the country of Jordan.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Rome.

He was awarded the ASLA Honor Award for his book “The Hill Country Almanac, A Guide to Environmentally Friendly Living” in 1990.

The public is invited to this free event.

The Cameron Parish Johnson Bayou Library is located at 4586 Gulf Beach Highway in Johnson Bayou, La at the 19 mile marker on Highway 82 (Gulf Beach Highway) across from Constance Beach.

For more information, contact the Johnson Bayou Library at 337-569-2892, or e-mail sseat@cameron.lib.la.us.