Upcoming Exhibits Spring/Summer 2017

Off to See the Wizard - Works in ProgressOff to See the Wizard – Works in Progress

I’m excited to be exhibiting in these upcoming art shows. I hope you can join me at a reception or get the chance to see the exhibits.

Hammond Art Guild Exhibit

  • Opening Reception, May 5 at 5-8 PM, Exhibit continues until 5/26/2017.

This is the Hammond Art Guild’s 55th Annual Spring Open Exhibit. It is an annual show when they invite members as well as non members to enter. This is a great show every year, with live music, refreshments and wine, raffle items to bid on for just $1, and cash prizes in 3 categories! Check out the website for the show here.

Treasures of Point Coupee

16th Annual LSU Summer Invitational

“Off to See the Wizard”

  • Reception July 15, 2017, 7-9 PM

Livingston Parish Main Branch Library

  • Marcia Arnold and her art students, July 3-31.
  • Artist Talk July 8th, 2017, 3 PM.

Arts Council of Livingston Parish January 2017 Exhibit

A Celebration of Art Exhibit

I’m excited to have 2 pieces in the Arts Council of Livingston Parish Exhibit happening in January 2017. The Gallery is reopening for the first time since the historic Louisiana floods this past year.


Join us for the reception Saturday,  January 14th from 10 AM till 2 PM at the Arts Council.

133 N. Hummell St.
Denham Springs, LA 70726

About the Exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish takes great pleasure in announcing the re-opening of its gallery in January with:

“A Celebration of Art”

  • The exhibit will begin January 4th and end on January 28th.
  • A Second Saturday Reception will be held on January 14th from 10 AM till 2 PM.
  • Many of the artists will be present.
  • Light refreshments served.
  • Please call the office for any questions: 225-664-1168
  • More exhibit information

About the Arts Council



Wednesday – Friday 10 AM – 12 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM

Livingston Arts Council Website | Livingston Arts Council Facebook Page


Treasures of Pointe Coupee Exhibit

The Treasures of Pointe Coupee Exhibit - Marcia Eisworth


Debris. Mixed media, oak bark. Bees wax, on canvas.

treasures-of-pointe-coupeeI’m excited to have a piece in the Treasures of Pointe Coupee Exhibit happening in June 2016.

Join us for the opening Friday, June 3 from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Julien Poydras Center in New Roads.

Julien Poydras Center
500 W Main St, New Roads, Louisiana 70760

About the Exhibit

The seventh annual “Treasures of Pointe Coupee Art Exhibit” will take place at the Poydras Center located at 500 West Main Street, New Roads, Louisiana.

This exhibit will open with a reception for participating artists and the community from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on June 3.

The exhibit will be open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 and June 11 and from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday June 5 and June 12. Various artist activities related to the exhibit are planned.

Judy Chicago – Warrior for Women’s History

Triangle Quilts - The Dinner Pary

Triangle quilts made by individuals as a response the Dinner Party.

Judy Who?

Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual, whose career now spans five decades. Her influence both within and beyond the art community is made mainstream by her inclusion in standard art and education publications throughout the world.

Over the years since Judy’s emergence, her art has been frequently exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, a number of the books she has authored have been published in foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to readers worldwide.

Learn more about Judy Chicaco »

Baton Rouge Native, Marcia Jane Arnold, Meets Judy Chicago

In 1995 I took a workshop with Judy Chicago, by answering an advertisement in Art In America. It was held at the College of Santa Fe in that city. I decided to drive to New Mexico by myself in our van. I took a cell phone, one of those clunky, big, boxy cell phones and my van.

I drove across Texas, stopped to pick wild flowers, picked up stones, cactus skeletons. I was apprehensive but felt a sense of freedom. I wanted to stop and pick flowers, if I chose. I did not want to be bound by a time schedule. I even stayed at state park lodges  to save money.

While attending the workshop, Judy told me about a month long internship that Through the Flower, her supporting foundation, was sponsoring in 1996. I jumped at the chance to return the next summer. My qualifications was that I had a degee in painting and drawing.

Tasks during my internship

My Internship was held in Albuquerque, where Judy lived.  I spent most of my time doing museum condition reports and packing the triangle quilts. These were a group of quilts made by individuals as a response the Dinner Party. These triangle quilts were  to be shipped to Armand Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles. to be shown in conjunction of the new exhibition of The Dinner Party. Condition reports involved writing condition after inspection of each quilt, then packing them for shipment.

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party © Judy Chicago, 1979, Mixed media, 42’ x 48’ x 3’, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Collection of the Brooklyn Museum, Photo © Donald Woodman

Reason for The Dinner Party

This major installation was made as a collaborative project with volunteers–women and men. Judy designed it to illustrate the lack of female imagery and history in hundreds of years. In fact, this idea was so controversial at the time, that Congress reacted by holding special meetings to declare that this installation and its vulva-like ceramic dinner plates displayed were pornography and vulgar.

Immediate criticism(1980–1981)

Lucy Lippard

The Dinner Party prompted many varied opinions. Feminist critic Lucy Lippard stated, “My own initial experience was strongly emotional… The longer I spent with the piece, the more I became addicted to its intricate detail and hidden meanings”, and defended the work as an excellent example of the feminist effort. These reactions are echoed by other critics, and the work was glorified by many.

Just as adamant, however, were the immediate criticisms of the work. Hilton Kramer, for example, argued, “The Dinner Party reiterates its theme with an insistence and vulgarity more appropriate, perhaps, to an advertising campaign than to a work of art”.

He called the work not only a kitsch object but also “crass and solemn and singleminded”, “very bad art,… failed art,… art so mired in the pieties of a cause that it quite fails to acquire any independent artistic life of its own”.

In defense of this, defenders of this piece of art work, noted that throughout history that the male figure was used including genitalia, such as Michelangelo’s David, and even the Washington Monument. In 1990, The Dinner Party was considered for permanent housing at the University of the District of Columbia.

More information on The Dinner Party controversy »

Tradition of accepted male genitalia imagery

The rejection of a donation to a Washington university in D.C.

It was part of a plan to bring in revenue for the school, as it had proved to be very successful. The work was to be donated as a gift to the school, and it was to join an expanding collection of African-American art, including a large group of paintings by Washington abstractionist Sam Gilliam and works by Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, Hale Woodruff, Jacob Lawrence and Lois Mailou Jones, among others.

These – along with works by a group of local white Color Field painters and some white UDC faculty members also in the university collections – were to become the core of what was presented in early 1990 as a ground-breaking multicultural art center, a hopeful coalition between artists of color, feminists and other artists depicting the struggle for freedom and human equality.

Eventually, the plans were cancelled owing to threats to affect the school’s working budget.

What an Honor

What an honor to partipate in preparing the needle work from women from all over the world. I was a Southern homemaker turned professional artist, meeting and working with a savvy International artist.

Judy was impressed with my genuineness, my being a Southern good girl, who was a recipient of the benefits of the Feminist Revolution. She was glad to hear that I was able to have it all…home, family, and personal voice through my art. I was as gentle yet assertive, as Judy was direct, aggressive, and determined still as a warrior…..a true warrior. She helped the world that all women have history.

Paper Magic with Cast Paper

Paper Casting: Heart Ornament

Where do we begin?

Paper was invented in China around 140 BC-50 BC by combining vegetable matter. Handmade paper has been used in calligraphy for centruries. I first learned paper casting in the fall of my 70th year. It struck my “like” button, having hooked me as a fan. I am just beginning to explore all the possibile options I may find using paper from casting low relief Christmas ornaments, making unique hand made paper on which to paint or write poems, and making sculptural vessels with high relief casting.

For more information about casting paper in molds:

Step 1 For low relief paper casting:

  • Preparing requires:
  • Blender
  • plastic type screen wire
  • newspaper for blotting
  • scrap paper such as recyclable printed paper
  • cookie molds or other three dimensional objects to use as molds
  • Or lay flat to create sheets of handmade paper on which to write poems, sayings

Step 2: Creating Paper from pulp

  • write on the scrap or printer paper expressing feelings of gratitude, appreciateion, regrets, sadness, etc.
  • tear in strips
  • fill up a blender container half full with water



-place the torn paper in the blender for a few seconds to make pulp


pour pulp into the screen wire, cover with second screen.

drain water into a plastic container over a sink

rub the two pieces of screening material over the edge of the sink

Step 3: From pulp to paper casting

–Turn the flat sheet of pulp onto several layers of news print/dish towels.


–Once blotted significantly, use cooking release such as PAM to cover molds.


–Place the still moist sheet into a mold, such as shown in the photo.


–Microwave for 60 seconds and add 10 seonds at a time to adjust to the heating capacity of your particular microwave.

–Or airdry at room temperature

Step 4:The final product of paper casting


–Paint casting with a darker acrylic paint

–Cover this layer with a wash of white Gesso to simulate “pickling”

heart highlighted

–Highlight with Gold or silver with a very dry brush

–Punch hole with tool

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Life on the Suwanner River



Birch Bark Paintings

Good bye, my love

Good bye, my love

My love for nature and trees informs my work. I love the imagery created by nature and it excites me to respond to that imagery. The attached photo demonstrates an emotional response to my perceptive loss of a dear loved one. Instead of writing about that loss, I illustrated that loss visually by tearing away a piece of the main body of bark, then attaching the smaller piece by sewing it back on. The visual representation with the thread attached, just barely, told the story that I was barely hanging on. I just was not through with the relationship, my love, my friend.

Inspiration at the Arnold-Meador Homestead

10494773_10202980323403956_2287716809267200193_nWell, I have arrived at the cabin where my Daddy was born in 1889, in Hattiesburg, Ms. I will spend the night in what is now a bed and breakfast. There is much nature around, some twisted trees. Good inspiration and sentimentality.

Here I am standing in the front of the Arnold-Meador Homestead. My grandparents bought this two room cabin with a dog trot down the center. The bedroom is one of two rooms which was thought to be where Daddy was born in 1889. I am sleeping there tonight. I feel the spirit of my grandmother here….this was her home. My grandfather bought the cabin and land in 1887. At one point there were at least 10 or 11 people living in the cabin.

I walked around my grandmother’s place to look at other views of the cabin. I also visited the 100+ year crepe myrtles and cedar trees. The owner of the cabin wants me to make a piece of art to hang there. I will paint an image of the cabin on one of my bark/shadow box based on my inspiration from the visit.

Teaching Workshops


For the past two weeks, I have been teaching children’s art workshops for the River Region Art Association. I taught painting and drawing to kids, 9-15 years old. This coming week I will be teaching in Hammond for the Hammond Art Guild. I won’t be driving back and forth this time, rather I will be staying with my niece just outside of Hammond. This workshop is an oil painting class for Adults. I think it will be fun  teaching adult students for a change. My mantra for teaching painting and drawing of still life’s for children and adults is “How do you paint a whole still life…Answer?one object at a time. ” That takes away an overwhelming feeling that many get when they are faced with creating a still life by drawing or painting what they see.

7/23/13 My first class  of the workshop in Hammond went well. We work together for three hours every afternoon this week. My niece, Melinda Holloway, who lives in the suburbs of Hammond is taking the class….”Painting with Oils.” I am staying with Melinda and her family while teaching in Hammond. We are starting out with some painting exercises which are designed to allow the student to become familiar with color, line, blending, and drawing individual objects from the whole still life. Everyone did well yesterday and today we will learn how to paint folds in cloth. We  then put our selection of a part of the still life on the canvas to get ready to paint our under painting, the first layer of paint on a painting. During this stage we can note the darks and the lights that we see in the group of objects chosen.Paint is applied in a thin layer of oil paint which has been diluted with turpentine. Once we do that we will begin painting the second layer of paints.