Nationally renowned Southwest Louisiana artist Elton Louviere has announced that he and his wife, fellow artist and writer Pat Louviere, will both retire and close their Louviere Fine Arts Gallery on Dec. 31, 2011.

Art lovers and collectors should be aware that there will be no further reproductions of Elton Louviere’s work and existing quantities are limited.

The Louvieres invite the entire Southwest Louisiana community to come visit the gallery for “The Last Picture Show,” a weeklong goodbye celebration—from Dec 26-31— of Elton Louviere’s work and the stories behind the pieces. There will also be special pricing on selected items.

In addition to “The Last Picture Show,” the Louviere Fine Arts Gallery will run specials on select Elton Louviere prints and books until the close of the gallery on Dec. 31.

As a contemporary realist, Elton Louviere has been praised for his ability to capture and manipulate light in his paintings with meticulous detail. He is widely known for his vibrant, light-filled Louisiana landscapes, waterfowl paintings and approachable style. Elton Louviere’s work has won numerous awards and honors at national and regional art shows. Prints of his work have raised over $1 million for Ducks Unlimited. His work was also selected unanimously by a panel of judges for the 1990 Louisiana Duck Stamp, which was produced by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in Baton Rouge.

Pat Louviere is an accomplished artist and writer. She manages the Louviere Fine Arts Gallery and has authored the three books of Elton Louviere’s work: Images of Louisiana (out of print), Louisiana: Backroads and Bayous and Louviere’s Louisiana: A Sentimental Journey.

“More than 30 years ago, Pat and I decided to follow our dreams and dedicate our life to art. It has been an amazing adventure,” said Elton Louviere. “We have met interesting people, made wonderful friends and had the opportunity to create meaningful pieces that have not only touched our hearts, but the hearts of others as well. While it saddens us to leave the art world, all good things must come to an end and everyone must take time to rest. We thank all of our friends, customers and colleagues who have been with us throughout this incredible journey and have given us the opportunity to create and show our cherished visions of Louisiana.”

For more information about Elton and Pat Louviere’s work, special pricing and the Louviere gallery, visit www.louvierefinearts.com or call the gallery directly at (337) 855-9275. Louviere Fine Arts Gallery is located at 222-B Highway 171, Moss Bluff, LA 70611.

Source: Jen Breen