Dale Hauck Retrospective
    Dates: May 20, 2022 - June 5, 2022
    Recurring: Recurring daily
    Time: Opening Reception 6-9 pm May 20, Regular Hours Fri-Sun
    Price: Free
    Address: 22044 Main St., Abita Springs, LA 70420
    Phone: (985) 400-5393

A retrospective spanning decades of paintings of long-time Abita Springs artist Dale Hauck will be on exhibit at the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum May 20-June 5, 2022.

An opening reception for The Dale Hauck Retrospective will be held in the museum on Friday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will then be available for viewing during regular museum hours, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. during the Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market.

A visionary and a naturalist, Dale Hauck creates paintings offering a view of his connection to the natural world. His subjects are birds, amphibians, beautiful nudes, sunsets, tigers, and rapturous landscapes. Over the years, his annual Christmas show gives museum-goers the opportunity to collect the work of one of Abita’s most esteemed artists. 

All events are free and open to the public. The museum is handicapped accessible.

For more information, visit http://www.trailheadmuseum.org/exhibits.


When Dale and his family moved to Abita Springs in 1974, he was already a successful artist showing at the prestigious Nahan Gallery in the New Orleans French Quarter. His depictions of nature were conservative, beautiful, and elegant. Dale and his wife Kate Dessommes opened the Abita Springs Gallery and Frame Shop where he sold his work and those of other artists. Theirs was the first solid emergence of an artists colony in Abita Springs; unfortunately, construction of a roundabout later took the building.

Dale’s art style changed dramatically in the 1970s after meeting artist and professor Ben Ploger. He went from expressing nature in his realistic and conservative style to a deeply inspired liberation of color and form. Dale has over 50 years of experience in painting and sculpting, winning awards in galleries and juried shows. He has created many works held in private and public collections.

In 1994 he met Jennifer Riisness, who became his muse and partner. They hosted the much-loved annual Christmas show called "Artist Studio" at his Firetower Road home near Abita Springs. Most of the works in this current exhibition came from those shows and residents of Abita Springs who own his art. This exhibition is curated by Mary Blom Davis.

The Abita Springs Trailhead Museum is located at 22044 Main Street, Abita Springs, LA 70420. For more information, contact Board President George Long at trailheadmuseum@gmail.com.

22044 Main St.
Tel: (985) 871-5327
The center of Abita Springs is its trailhead at Abita Springs Park, a stop on the Tammany Trace hiking/biking/riding trail.… Read More
Dale Hauck Retrospective