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Rosedale Art Depot hosts art show June 14-16

CATHERINE CARLOCK SIMPSON Contributing writer

ROSEDALE - The public is invited to attend the Iberville Chapter of the Louisiana Art and Artists Guild's annual Summer Art Show and Sale June 14-16 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The reception and awards presentation honoring the winners is slated for Sunday, June 16, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Both the show and the reception will be held at the Rosedale Art Depot located at 15021 Depot St. Admission is free.

The deadline for entries in all media from artists age 18 and older is June 13. Details, including directions to the facility and entry rules, are available on the LAAG-Iberville website (www.laag-site.org/ibervillechapter).

The reception offers an opportunity to view the entries, talk to the artists and meet award-winning artist, sculptor and saddle maker Bob Moline of Fort Worth, Texas, whose impressive portfolio reflects his early years as a cowboy and his Native American heritage. Moline, the judge for this year's event, will present a watercolor demonstration.

"I wasn't born an artist," insists Moline, who is known for his realism and precision. "I was given the talent, but I had to work to develop it. I just kept practicing and working at it."

Although Moline has never lived in Iberville or West Baton Rouge parishes, he has spent much time here for the past 50 years. His parents, Albert and Giovanna Moline, relocated to Port Allen in 1962, after he had grown up and left home, but most of Moline's nine younger brothers and sisters grew up and attended school in Port Allen.

His parents have now passed on, but most of his siblings still live in the area and remain close.

Moline, the eldest child, grew up in west Texas. As a youngster, he helped his father break horses and held jobs on nearby ranches in Texas and Oklahoma as he got older.

Moline's keen eye for detail and his careful observation of horses, cattle and ranch life during his early years proved to be great assets in his career as an artist and saddle maker.

The experience and knowledge he gained give authenticity and depth to his art and strongly influenced both the subjects and the composition of his work, which also reflects his Comanche and Pawnee ancestry.

As word of Moline's skill spread, the Paint Horse Journal hired him to do a pen-and-ink drawing for the magazine's cover.

The first art show he participated in took place in 1973 at a bank in Austin. In 1975, at a show in Louisville, he was commissioned a colonel of the state of Kentucky by the governor, an honor usually reserved for Kentuckians, and allowed the rare privilege of holding Secretariat and being photographed with the legendary Triple Crown-winning racehorse.

Over the past 40 years, Moline has captured the scenery and spirit of the American West in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, gouache, pastel and mixed media, including many commissioned works.