Gallery - Early On
Before there was art, there was a mess.
Richard Beau Lieu has been an artist most of his life but back in 1986 he was also a single parent of two teenage daughters. His family lived in South Florida. At that time Rick, who had a large studio in Delray Beach, decided it might be more cost effective to find a reasonably priced studio in an older neighborhood. It was then that he found a studio in Boynton Beach.
For years he built, exhibited and sold sculpture in galleries throughout the United States. As the popularity of Beau Lieu sculpture grew, he began to turn his attention toward improving the area where he worked and created. Back in l986, the street that his studio is located on, was dotted with automobile work shops. Rubbish lined the roadside. He dreamed how wonderful this location would be if there could be an effort to clean it up.
artist's dream becomes reality.
and community unite.
Gallery - described
"There are paintings on plywood panels, wall sculptures mounted on fences and a cactus made out of bumpers.", he explains describing the landscape. "A 700 lb. hand points into the studio parking lot with several paintings on burlap, metal abstract sculptures and more. Eight large paintings are mounted on the front of grading machines"
There is a shade tree that has become a home to children's paintings. The front of the building is dotted with abstract sculptures and additional children's paintings.
awarded and put to use
In 1998 Beau Lieu received a N.A.R.P. Grant (Neighborhood Artist Residency Program) from the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts. Some of the work created by Beau Lieu and his troop of children, ranging in ages from 4 to 13, are also on display in the outdoor gallery.
Neighborhood Gallery is an outdoor free exhibit without walls. God is the watchman over the well-lighted display. The gallery has the support, hard work and patronage of people of vision. It has become a community attraction and is enjoyed by many visitors every day. A street runs directly through the outdoor gallery so it is seen by many passing by. It has actually slowed the traffic speed down!
than a gallery
With a website and an indoor viewing gallery as well, Neighborhood Gallery of Boynton Beach sells fine art from many artists of national and international reputation. And, Neighborhood Gallery acts as a head start program for artist at the beginning of there career.
and patrons can join.
The Neighborhood Gallery concept of community evolvement is adaptable to any and all communities. As the curator of the gallery, Beau Lieu would be excited to pass on information to any interested parties.
We are excepting work from artists and art collectors. Contributions are gladly accepted as well.
Also, we can now arrange for the purchase of art by patrons. The work can be installed in our exhibit in the patrons name.
us - Contact us
Feel free to email Richard Beau Lieu at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let him know your thoughts about the Neighborhood Gallery and his artwork. Ask Rick how you can take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to explore a similar program in your neighborhood!