Norsworthy Gallery

Kate Archer Kent

When Shreveport painter Jerry Wray went to art school at Newcomb College in New Orleans in the 1940s, her professor told her to paint a tree to hone her drawing skills. So, the Shreveport native found a lone pine tree in City Park and went there every day to sketch.

“I’d sit and draw that pine tree all day long. When I got through, I knew how to draw. They used my presentation when the Museum of Modern Art solicited colleges for their best senior presentations. They sent my pine trees,” Wray said.

Bill Beckett talks with Shreveport artist Jerry Wray about her new exhibit at the Norsworthy Gallery  titled ‘Frankly Christian.’