Featured Local Artists

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Leah Reitzell

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Leah Reitzell is a native of Monroe and Lafayette La. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University and is married to Mac Reitzell. She is the mother of three busy boys. For 13 years, Leah has taught art at Sterlington High School. So with all this going on, Leah finds time in her studio to be her therapy. Leah produces work there and shows work at the Sugar Gallery in downtown Monroe. She also has weekly lessons in her studio for little ones.

        Leah's work is characterized by her foundation of actual sculpture of the form on the canvas, highlighted by markmaking and bits of color. Her subject matter includes everything the Louisiana and anything she can imagine in her minds eye. Leah is delighted to share her works with Bayou Roux.



Jaki wilkinson

Bayou Roux | Southern Pantry | Monroe, Louisiana Restaurant


"Being an artist has never been an option for me. Creating has always been essential to my existence."


Established in 1959, Jacquelyn Willis Wilkinson has had the opportunity to fulfill many destinies: Co-founder of a private elementary school, The Willow School, in Santa Fe, art teacher, educator, Shakespearean Prop Master, Faux Finish Artist, Interior Designer, Muralist, Contemporary Mixed Media Artist, Art Consultant and the 2007 World Posole Cooking Champion. For years, Jaki challenged herself artistically by exploring various technical styles of creative expression in painting.

After retiring from teaching, in 2006, Jaki made a conscious decision to pursue her life long passion of becoming a professional career artist. Her medium of choice is oils. Through the skilled use of oils, Jaki is able to engage each painting with an intimate passion capturing the invisible soul qualities and essence of her subject.

Jaki's work is the combination of a modern style and sensibility mixed with the influence of Old World European Master's Techniques. Her paintings are a dynamic interplay between the gentle, the soft and the powerful.

She studied extensively with master painter, Lyndall Bass, who's honors include the design for the 2010 Lincoln Penny (US Mint); The Andreeva Portrait Academy with world renowned artist, Yugi Wang and most recently with award winning artist, Craig Srebnik. She studied art at Holmes Jr. College and the University of Louisiana.