Friday, October 18, 2013

Mystery Solved: Crowdsourcing Louisiana Art

Please Help Me Identify These Paintings

Dayne Sherman
October 18, 2013
Revised October 27, 2013

The original post is below.  I was able to verify that it was done by the celebrated Louisiana wood turner and artist Chris Fry of Denham Springs, Louisiana, as of October 26, 2013, via phone call to Mr. Fry. He runs the Spoon Mill and is an award-winning artisan.

See articles and websites dedicated to Chris Fry below:

Spoon Mill - Home -

"Spoon making duo shared Louisiana recipes at New Orleans Jazz Fest"

Thanks to everyone who helped solve the mystery.

I am a budding collector of Southern art, and I have added two pieces to my collection. Can someone help me identify the artist who created these two oil paintings?

The paintings are signed by "Christopher Fry." One was in a 1970 juried art show in Baton Rouge (subject, two bird dogs and pheasants, a Collection of Contemporary Southern Art Show certificate for "Chris Fry" on back), and the other is of a tree with flying geese or ducks. Both are great pieces with beautiful frames. One has a tag from Henry B. Elsas, a former frame shop on Baronne Street in New Orleans.

From my research, the Collection of Contemporary Southern Art Show was a traveling art show sponsored by Sears Company and local art guilds. The shows would travel to 40 cities and display local artists' works. The selections were juried, and a first-place winner was picked. Then the winning pieces would be displayed in Atlanta. See article here:

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Dayne Sherman resides in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He covers the South like kudzu and promises that he never burned Atlanta. He is the author of Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novel. His website is
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