Fall Exhibition 2020

The Gift Of Art Gallery & Hall

October 28 - January 4

The Gift of Art Exhibition

October 28, 2020 - January 4, 2021

Reception: November 5 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Artistry Marketplace

one of a kind, unique gifts featuring 

50+ Local Artists & Artisans

400+ New Pieces of Artistry

Supporting Local Art Community

Ruston Artisans Gallery Art Exhibition

Ruston Artisans Gallery, announces multi exhibition 'The Gift of Art', featuring works from over 50 artists and artisans with more than 400 pieces of visual art and artisan products. Exhibition opens October 28, 2020, and an Artist Reception will be held on November 5, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the downtown Ruston “Shop and Stroll.” Refreshments will be served, and entertainment by Bruce Gay will be provided.

It has been a difficult year for everyone in our communities. This has been true for our artists as well. They have had nowhere to showcase their work and few art markets to sell in. To address this, we opened our doors and invited local artists to take a place in our gallery and create that marketplace. We now invite you to stop in, support your local community and local artists, and celebrate the holidays with us.

The artistry spans from artworks to merchandise items, including art gift sets; artistic maps and drawings; books; CD’s; clothing and accessories; cheese boards; commission works; essential scents; garden flags; glassware/cups; hand and grocery bags; handmade teddy’s; home goods; jewelry; luxurious bath products; magnets; masks; note cards and pads; ornaments; painting; paper works; pens; photography; naturally dyed silk pillows; pottery; prints; puzzles; sculptures; stickers; wall and desk plaques; woodworking; and wood and concrete furniture. More items are being added throughout the holidays.

'The Gift of Art' will be on display through January 4, 2021.

Featured Artists & Artisans

North Central Louisiana artists and artists, include Angela Yarborough; Beauty From Within, Caroline Youngblood, Celia Carr, Dean Dablow, Donna F McGee, Jack Gates, Janine Hill, Jean DeFreese Moore, Katey Coates Plummer, Keldrick Dunn, Kit Gilbert, Linda Dwyer; Joy Works, Madeline Marak, Marion Folk, Marlen Waters, Noula Rodakis, Peter Jones, Sandy Bennett, Tim Hayes, Tori B. Lyons; Artesque, and Vincent Golshani

Angela Yarborough, Beauty From Within

Angela Yarborough of Ruston, Louisiana has been designing jewelry for over two decades and currently is the lead designer of Beauty From Within hand-crafted jewelry. Beauty From Within's slogan is Jewelry With Heart, and goal is to employ women who are leaving the sex-trafficking industry. The company will provide a better life for these women by equipping them with a job skill and resources to lead an abundant new life. Proceeds from the sales of Beauty From Within products benefit in assisting women transition into a brighter future.

Celia Carr

Celia Carr is a Louisiana native with a diverse cultural background. Growing up included Friday night Cajun family get-togethers on south Louisiana bayous to Sunday afternoon matinees at the opera or ballet.  It was a blend of rural and city, zydeco and classical music, farming communities and corporate offices.


Celia strongly believes that it is experiences that connect people.  Her art is a reflection of the full spectrum of her personal experiences and perceptions.  Every person goes through joy as well as  grief, love and hate, boredom and intrigue.  This is her life view.  Celia's motto is "always embrace the experience".  It is her hope that you feel a connection when viewing her work.


Celia's work is inviting, passionate, and, relatable.

Dean Dablow

Ruston resident and former Louisiana Tech University professor, Dean Dablow designs and creates woodworking visual art and artisan In addition to woodworking art, he is known for his black & white landscape and nature photography featured in past exhibitions throughout North Central Louisiana, and published book of photography art.


Dean Dablow's visual wood artwork is hung in the gallery room, and his artisan products are located in the Collections boutique.

Donna F. McGee

Painting en plein air is a way of gathering information, both perceptual and emotional; another means of understanding and enjoying nature for en plein air artist Donna F McGee of Ruston, Louisiana.


Donna is a nature artist specializing in oil and fluid acrylic paint. Donna features 'Explorations of Nature' with artwork of west north American landscapes. She is naturally drawn to water as it sculpts, reflects, and nourishes life, and believes it is the most powerful energy on earth. In nature she searches for meaning in life and understanding of self, having found mystery and darkness, and sometimes humor and light. She sees paintings as portals inviting us to wander on a visual journey. Nature offers her an antidote to the stress and stimulation of our modern environment where we are constantly bombarded with information, expectations, and frustrations. "Art, like life, is a journey always intriguing, always changing."

Jack Gates

Jack Gates of Ruston  Louisiana features 'After The Last Supper' wood sculpture as previously featured in our Spring 2020 exhibition 'Risen, An Easter Celebration Of Our Lord',

Janine Hill

Ruston resident Janine Hill is an art instructor and gallery coordinator. Tampa Tech is where she received her Graphic Design Associate's Degree of Applied Science in Commercial Art Marketing and Advertising. 

Jean DeFreese Moore

Jean DeFreese Moore of Ruston, Louisiana, acrylic pour artist and author, was featured in Ruston Artisan’s 2020 Spring Exhibition of ‘Risen, an Easter Celebration of our Lord’ with “Life of Jesus in Acrylic Pour.” Jean had previously shown her work in a solo exhibition at the Ruston Men’s Shed and church groups.  She was invited back for the Ruston Artisans summer exhibition "Artifinds' where she contributed nature artworks, as well as new art pieces from "Life of Jesus".           


Jean has a Bachelor’s Degree of Fie Arts from Louisiana Tech University, where she contributed 23 years of desktop publishing and graphic design to the Athletic Media Relations Office. Prior to Tech, she taught art at a private school in West Virginia. Active in community projects, Jean has assisted in the creation of the entry hall mural at Lincoln Parish Museum, and with designing backdrops at a private dance academy.

In addition to her visual artistry, Jean Defreese Moore is an author and has just finished writing her fourth book in the published series ‘A Father’s Love’. Her books are available at Ruston Artisans.

Katey Coates Plummer

Katey Coates Plummer of Dallas, Texas is originally from Ruston, Artisans and former graduate of Louisiana State University.

Keldrick Dunn

Keldrick Dunn, senior at Louisiana State University is a graphic design major graduating in the spring of 2021`.

Linda Dwyer

Christian artist Linda Dwyer is a local of Ruston, Louisiana and owner of Joy Works Paintings. Linda has created over 1,600 paintings in just over 4 years and considers her paintings to be a definite gift from God. Her purpose is to paint for God’s glory and people’s joy. She creates angels, Crosses, abstracts, and landscapes using acrylic mixed media. 

Linda prays over each canvas and then paints from her heart.  The goal behind her paintings is to bring the viewer joy, peace, hope and ideally to be drawn to Jesus.  In her abstracts and landscapes, she paints a small Cross for the viewer to find…like finding a hidden treasure. Linda’s Joy Work's paintings are in art lovers homes all over the country.

Ruston Artisans featured  Linda Dwyer in the December 2018 exhibition Angels Among Us, and in the Spring 2020 exhibition Risen, a Celebration of our Lord. Linda's artwork is included in the Collections Gallery at Ruston Artisans with merchandise available in selected paintings.