Archives Spring Member Show

This exhibition of original waterbased media on paper is open to all members in good standing of the LWS.

LWS is unable to accept shipped paintings for this exhibit.


Louisiana State Archives Gallery

3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Louisiana State Archives


Entry: February 8 – 28, 2024

Exhibit: March 1 – 27, 2024

Drop-off: Thursday, February 29, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Pick-up: Thursday, March 28, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Reception: Wednesday, March 6, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Entry Fee: $20 for 1-3 paintings. No refunds.

Sales: No commission

Awards: First Place: $150, Second Place: $100, Third Place: $75; Two Honorable Mentions: $40 each, Two Merit Awards: $20 each

Judge: Cheri Fry, LWS

Urban and rural influences of South Louisiana gave rise to Cheri’s interest in art. Born in New Orleans, growing up in Denham Springs, and returning to rural Avoyelles and Rapides Parishes for family visits afforded opportunities to explore different Louisiana cultures. Lessons in light began in her early teens from miles in the saddle, watching light filter down to the woodland floors or observing the color changes of distant tree lines across newly planted fields as days began and ended. In her late teens the rural landscape became sharply contrasted with the distinct cast shadows, filtered light, color, texture and movement of urban areas. Learning to capture these experiences began at age 14 with her first art instruction in Baton Rouge under Larry Casso. Most recently she enrolled at the Art Student League in New York for the summer semester in 2019. All life experiences grow the artist, so began the exploration and development of more intuitive expression in her painting.

Never far from her paintbrushes while pursuing a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and then years later retiring as a Speech Pathologist; time was always dedicated to painting. It became apparent that expression of self is one of the highest degrees of achievement, verbally or visually. Her interest in people and their stories began to appear in her art.

Cheri’s art is found in the permanent collection of the University Medical Center in New Orleans, in the collection of the Louisiana State Archives, was published in 2018 Splash 19: Illusion of Light, and in 2019 Splash 20: Creative Compositions, and was featured on the 2022 cover of Country Roads, September Arts Issue. She achieved signature status with the Louisiana Watercolor Society, is a member of the Art Student’s League of New York, and became an exhibiting member of the Oil Painters of America. Always a student at heart, Fry continues to study with local and national artists to hone her skills in figure study, watercolor and oil. She has won numerous awards with her watercolor paintings in regional, national, and international competitions, and has won awards for oil paintings exhibited in local, regional and national competitions. Her work is represented by Studio de Chene in Baton Rouge.

Cheri conducts art workshops, teaches art privately, and with energy and a smile, she finds inspiration in life-drawing sessions and plein-air outings. She is about trying, learning, not following; about staring down difficulties and daring to discover.

Cheri and her husband Chris live in St. Francisville, enjoying the good people, music and unique culture of South Louisiana.


Membership dues for 2024 must be paid.

Only paintings created in the past 3 years (after February 2021) are accepted.

A member can enter the same painting in Member Shows and Juried Member Shows provided it has not won an award.

All paintings must be on unvarnished natural or synthetic paper. No other surfaces are accepted nor can other surfaces (such as collage) be attached to the paper.

Minimum image size is 8″ x 10″. Maximum frame size is 45″ in any direction. Maximum framed weight is 15 pounds.

Paintings must be framed under plexiglass, complete with screw-eyes and wire. Mats, when used, must all be white or off-white.

Originality: From concept to execution, an ‘original’ painting is strictly the artist’s own composition.

  • The use of photographs as reference materials is allowed only if that photograph was taken by the artist submitting the painting. Permission to use a photograph from another photographer, amateur or professional, relative or friend, is not allowed. ( Artist may be asked to provide photograph as proof of composition. )
  • Workshop paintings and works painted with the assistance of a teacher are not allowed. A copy of a workshop painting, for instance, repainting the same composition from the workshop on new paper is not allowed.

Delivery & Retrieval

Artists must drop off their paintings on Thursday, February 29, 9:00 am – 10:30 am at the LA State Archives Gallery.

The show ends on March 27. Paintings cannot be removed before the end of the show. Paintings must be collected on March 28, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, from the LA State Archives Gallery.


Show Chair: Melanie Long: