The Frame Shop Gallery 912
Roger A. Laurent
July 3, 1944 ~ September 30, 2014
I can remember the first time that I met Roger. Someone had recommended that I go to see him about hanging some of my artwork in his gallery. When I walked through the door I can vividly remember him hanging some artwork on one of the side walls. I approached him and he greeted me and I asked him if he would be willing to look at some of my paintings. He responded to my question with a question of his own that would ultimately place me under his wing and become a huge factor in the course of shaping my life, “yes, do you need a job?” I desperately needed a job at the time and I was so lucky to have gone to The Frame Shop and Gallery 912 when I did.
I worked for Roger for seven years overall and learned everything that I know about custom framing and directing an art gallery from him. Although these are things of value to me and my livelihood the real treasure to me is in the fact that I had the opportunity to not only be mentored by Roger, but to have known him as a close friend. Beyond that he never treated me like a subordinate, he made me feel like a colleague and in many ways he was like a second father to me.
Roger was an artist himself, down to the core. He was exceptionally talented and experienced in a variety of media including stained glass, drawing, printmaking, painting, and the performing arts. This exceptional talent translated into his unmatched ability as not only a master framer, but in every regard of directing an art gallery catered to the local arts. He was instrumental in encouraging and cultivating many artists in Acadiana.
Roger not only helped artists but his generosity extended to various causes. He was a pillar of the community often donating his products and services without any expectation of getting anything in return. Since I began running the gallery on my own I am asked almost every day how Roger is doing by artists and clients alike. This is a testament to how many people were close to him; Roger was known by many as one of the kindest people around and there is no doubt that his connections to people were more than just networks, it was like a large extended family. Many people enjoyed passing through the gallery for the opportunity to sit and chat with him.
Another gift that I always found intriguing about Roger was his strength under pressure and his ability to never show discomfort. He would never complain or get angry over anything; he always had the same air of resolute contentment and optimism as though he knew that he would reach what it was that he was looking for. Or so it seemed to me, but the true meaning behind his demeanor was to provide hope or calm to those around him. Roger would never show discomfort because he didn’t want any sympathy, he didn’t want attention, he was thinking of others and he didn’t want to encourage a single negative thought. I feel truly blessed to have known Roger; there are few people in this world like him.
Love you Rodge
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