The Bossier Arts Council is excited to announce that beginning August 1st, 2017 and hanging until September 30th, 2017, our East Bank Gallery will feature the artworks of Jason Phipps and Jacqueline Fitzgerald Ruiz. The Opening Reception is scheduled for Friday, August 11th from 6pm - 8pm and will be held at the Bossier Arts Council located at 630 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, La 71111. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. ABOUT OUR ARTISTS!!! Jason Phipps was born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana. Jason received a Bachelor's Degree from Louisiana Tech University in Horticulture/Landscape Design and a second Bachelor's Degree from Mississippi State University in Agronomy with an emphasis in Golf and Sports Turf Management. He met his wife, Jamie, while attending Mississippi State University. They have been married for fourteen years and have two sons, Rush and Owen. When he isn't working, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, keeping up with current events. "I don't set out to create art about any subject in particular. I enjoy color and I enjoy the rhythms and patterns created by both nature and man." Jason has been painting for the past couple of years. He is influenced by early Abstract Expressionism and how the artists expressed moments of time (action painting), not necessarily subject matter. He likes to try different styles and different methods which lead to new discoveries in his work. -////- Jacqueline Fitzgerald Ruiz was born in Niagara Falls, New York. Raised as the child of a career Army family, she learned early in life the beauty of culture and its people. Jacqueline came to the realization after traveling extensively and living in Europe, that one of the common threads that beautifully unites us is ART, in all its glorious manifestations. She has been married for 41 years, has two loving and talented children, and is a proud grandmother. "My passions are many but within the arts, painting and fine art photography are the most dominant and dictate almost on a daily basis the need to be expressed."Jacqueline was honored in 2011 to have been selected as a national semi-finalist in the recognized, "Bacardi Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series". She is privileged and honored to share her vision, passion, and intimacy of her art.