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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BAC’s Emerging Artist Gallery to present Robert Smith



Life is Good by Robert Smith

The Bossier Arts Council Emerging Artist Gallery is thrilled to announce an exhibition of Robert Smith.  His work will be on display at the gallery from January 3rd to February 1st and will feature a variety of mediums and subjects.   

Robert is a self taught artist who started his artistic career at the age of four. When asked about his creative process Robert answered “I paint for the sheer joy of creating something where there was nothing.  At this point in my career, I paint only that which I wish to paint.  That is to say, I paint for the color, reflections, shadows and refractions that catch my eye.” 

The East Bank Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council is committed to promoting art work of regional artists.  It is located in BAC headquarters at 630 Barksdale Blvd. right off of I-20.  You can visit the gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm or by appointment. 

For more information about Robert Smith or the Bossier Arts Council feel free to call us at 741-8310 or visit our website at http://www.bossierarts.org/.

Progress

The Bossier Arts Council's staff and interns are a little insane.  But it isn't with out good reason.  

Set rendering by Theatre intern Jessica
We decided in the midst of our activity packed fall that we would produce a Christmas show in one week.  Because, as mentioned previously, we are insane.  We looked at all the other quality Christmas themed activities happening in Shreveport-Bossier (and there is a lot) and decided we would do something different. Something aimed at "adult" audiences.  Christmas is hard for adults.  It means braving scary shopping centers, listening to our kids well meaning (but often off pitch) School Holiday Programs, visiting family (no further explanation needed), and looking cheery the entire time.  

Blank and empty stage
Well, you need a break.  That's why we decided to bring you "Eight Reindeer Monologues" by Jeff Goode.  The play can be best described as “a dark, dark Christmas comedy. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. With each deer’s confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer…and murkier and murkier”. 

We have wall up!!!
But if that isn't enough we will include a "very tacky cocktail hour" before the event.  Starting at 7pm this Thursday and Friday you will be in for a treat just for you.  Because after all you deserve it (do I have to point to the above section).  Tickets are only $10 but seating is limited (we have under 40 left for Friday).  Just call 318-741-8310 or write me (Leigh Anne Chambers) at leigh@bossierarts.org to reserve your tickets today.  

Scattered throughout this article are our pictures of set building.  Because whether your a Theatre nerd or not putting up a production in one week is something to witness.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dreams, Disappointment, and Growth

Hello all!  This is Leigh Anne Chambers, Executive Director from the Bossier Arts Council and I have some thoughts I must share.  This past week I've had the very good fortune to be surrounded by Bossier Parish's youth and its left me pondering some very important questions and concerns.    First, let me say that I am blown away by the talent and accomplishments of our youths and their educators.  However, somethings became very clear to me this week and one of those things was that these kids believe that their is no hope for a career in the creative industry.  

I spent my mornings judging the Senior Projects for Bossier Parish High School and Tuesday evening celebrating the talent of our Elementary, Middle School, and High School visual arts students in our Annual Bossier Parish Student Art Show, and this afternoon I will be meeting with our Budding Artist Association (our Jr. Arts Council).  I personally love being around students of all ages and experiencing their creativity and enthusiasm for life and for artistic exploration and process.

When speaking with these students and their parents I heard the phrase "I am so glad that they will have this hobby for the rest of their lives."  While I think arts (visual, performing, literary) can be a great hobby it can and is often more than that for a large number of the population.  Because I earned two liberals arts degrees and have spent all of my adult life being employed in the arts I know that it can be a career option.  Most everyone I know works in the creative industry or creatively in general business society.  Most of those individuals are employed and no more are unemployed than my High School friends who reflect careers in non creative fields.

It is a viable career path.  It can lead to employment.  Although we will all make sacrifices or adjustments to the needs of living or paying for things we want we can earn a living doing something we love.  My Dad told me when I was a High School Senior that I would spend most of my life working and if that was the case I should think long and hard about what I loved doing.  And I did and I haven't regretted it yet.  Perhaps its been more difficult path than others, but I believe its been a rewarding one.

That's why I am glad that my choices lead me to the Bossier Arts Council.  That I have the pleasure of working for an organization that is trying to share with our community about alternative career paths.  Our DigiFest South is all about that topic.  And even to me its been an eye opening experience.

I leave you with a well know poem by Robert Frost.


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bossier Parish Student Art Show Winners

On December 11th the Bossier Arts Council hosted the Bossier Parish Student Art Show. Over 200 community members gathered together to celebrate the collective talents of the young artists in Bossier Parish. We awarded $1500 in prizes thanks to Target Corporation to both students and their educators.

Panda byTaylor Avery

The Best in Show award went to Taylor Avery of Haughton High School for Panda.

Rainbow Trout by Lane Kirkland
 The High School Second Place award went to Lane Kirkland of Benton High School for Rainbow Trout.
Nevermore by Alfonso Vaca
The High School Third Place award went to Alfonso Vaca of Airline High School for Nevermore.
Jaguar God by Jet Banks

The High School Honorable Mention award went to Jet Banks of Haughton High School for Jaguar God.










My Fish by Fabiola Sardina 

The Middle School First Place award went to Fabiola Sardina of Greenacres Middle School for My Fish.







Goofy by Katie Walker
The Middle School Second Place award went to Katie Walker of Haughton Middle School for Goofy.











Sugar Skull by Madelyn Elliot

The Middle School Third Place award went to Madelyn Elliot of Elm Grove Middle School for Sugar Skull.










Dragonfly by Caden Davis

The Middle School Honorable Mention award went to Caden Davis of Elm Grove Middle School for Dragonfly.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

BAC's Call For Artists

The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce that we will be handling the artwork at two Community Trust Bank locations one in Bossier (2790 Airline Drive) and one in Shreveport (3400 Line Ave).  We are currently looking for artists to display in both locations.  When asked why an artist would like to take part in this opportunity Steven Belk, BAC's Gallery Coordinator responded, "We feel that art should be a part of everyday life and a bank is at least a part of everyone's week!  We want the community to be more aware of the talent we have in our region and want to seize every opportunity to display our artists work".

Those selected to exhibit will be featured on our blog, website, facebook, and BAC will also send out a press release to local media.  Each exhibition will hang for three months.  Participating artists will have their work displayed at both bank locations at the same time.  Steven estimates approximately 10-15 pieces (depending on size) for each exhibition.  "This is a wonderful opportunity to get you work out there and exhibit in a non-traditional space" Belk said.  "Not to mention you are helping BAC foster its mission to 'enhance the quality of life and to develop a cultural identity'".

Those interested in participating should email a resume, artist statement, and 3-5 images of art work to Steven Belk at steven@bossierarts.org by January 15th.  If you have any questions please call 741-8310 and speak to Steven.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BAC Featured Artist of the Week



 The BAC Gift Shop is honored to feature the work of performance artist and musician, Ian Quiet!  We now have a wonderful selection of Ian's CD's, which would make excellent and unique holiday gifts.  We are happy to add Ian to the BAC family and we look forward to working with him in the future.  

Please take a moment to read Ian's bio and artist statement and if you are interested in seeing him perform live, he will be at Christmas Under Da Ground, this Saturday, December  8th, 7pm at Minicine?, 846 Texas Avenue.


Ian Quiet was born in Savannah, GA, but spent the majority of his childhood in Shreveport, LA.  At age two he joined the choir after singing in every cash register microphone that he could get his hands on.  During his school years he took formal lessons in violin, percussion, keyboard percussion, piano as well as continuing with the choir in church and school.  It was in high school that Quiet largely abandoned all academic musical training to focus on experimentation and concepts that were discouraged in the classroom. 
Quiet’s first year of college was without music study and he grew restless and moved to Atlanta and then Athens, GA to follow his musical pursuits.  He began recording some lo-fi, industrial songs and published them on mp3.com.  This was a very prolific time, but most of these recordings have either been rerecorded or abandoned.
After a potent dose of bohemia, Ian Quiet was ready to return to Shreveport.  He was encouraged by minicine? and the underground community and began performing live and continuing to record music which was at this time largely sample based and influenced by the electroclash movement.  Not long after, Quiet felt the need to leave Shreveport and moved to New Orleans.  The move was short lived due to Hurricane Katrina.
Back in Shreveport, Christopher Alexander, who had previously taken Quiet under his wing, released an EP, Vulcan’s Prayer, in 2006 on Alexander’s Why The Hell Not? Music label.  Vulcan’s Prayer was a sample based affair and was based on industrial-techno beats and cryptic lyrics by Quiet.  Why The Hell Not? Music released Dancing God in 2007.  This album moved much closer to Quiet’s artist statement and contained elements from hip-hop to sound collage as well as continuing in an industrial-techno vein.
2009 saw the release of Ian Quiet Says…Save The Spotted Mermaid which was an early nominee for an Independent Music Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album.  Its sound was more indie dance and folktronica and some songs actually have no electronics in them. This album was released independently on Quiet’s own Ian Quiet label along with rereleases of the first two albums.  Over 70 songs were recorded for Mermaid, but 10 made the cut.
In 2010 Quiet released Pu Pu Platter which is a marriage between performance art and dance-pop.  The concept album revolved around water and Americanized Asian cultural elements as motifs.  Not one to sit still for very long, 2011 saw the release of Like A Vegan, which contains his most accessible material to date.
As of 2012 Quiet has released Labalenn’s Lullabies, a collection of cross-cultural lullabies and instrumentals influenced by his interest in healing music and music therapy.  The entire album is acoustic.  He plans to release two more singles from Like A Vegan and a companion DVD  in 2013 and release a new album later that year.

 Artist Statement



My music is a constant progression of my experiences in the world.  I am very eager to try new things.  I am passionate about exploring music (and life) and strive to leave no stone unturned sonically (and visually through performance art, live shows, music video, etc).  I write/compose, produce, mix, and record cross-genre.
Although my work is primarily musical in nature (strongly influenced by pop as well as extreme avant-garde), I have always incorporated performance art during my live act and music videos.  My background, besides music, is also in theatre, film, sound art and fine arts.  It is imperative for me to create a visual aesthetic that compliments the soundtrack through costume, fashion, visual art, film, etc.
The bulk of my output so far has been in electronic music (2006-current), but I have also released acoustic music inspired by the cultures of Haiti, France, and Louisiana (among others).  This music and sound art is meant to be an impression and appropriation of those respected elements and not necessarily an attempt to recreate the music of those cultures.  Their cultural cues provide a recipe for me to start with, but I add my own flavors.
Another trend in my career has been my work in ambient music and sound art.  Although I have had some ambient works on my albums, since 2009 I have actively worked in this area.  I was commissioned to perform sound art at the 2009 and 2011  MSPS New Music Festival opening for Phantom Orchard (Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori) and Tim Hecker, as well as appearing live on KTBS-3 News performing a select piece to publicize the festival.  I have also been commissioned by The Meadows Museum at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA to perform ambient works for art openings.  Some of the sounds on my album Labalenn’s Lullabies incorporate these works as will my upcoming material.  I have recently been taught how to make contact mics and plan on finding creative ways to mix sound art with electronic pop and acoustic cross-cultural music.
Since 2011 I have been producing, directing, and actively creating music videos to go with certain songs.  My music video for Raw Vegan Wedding Cake has been submitted to minicine?’s X-mas Under Da Ground.

Since 2012 I have performed shows outside of Shreveport and Bossier City.  I have done two shows in Bradenton, FL and made my live debut in Austin, TX.  It is my intention to continue performing in as many different places as possible.

Influences
Bj├Ârk, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Enigma, Enya, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Tangerine Dream, Yoko Ono

Photo Scavenger Hunt Saturday!!!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

BAC's East Bank Theatre Presents....


BAC’s East Bank Theatre to Present Eight Reindeer Monologues

The Bossier Arts Council East Bank Theatre is thrilled to announce their upcoming production of Eight Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode.  The production produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc will run Thursday, December 20th and Friday, December 21st at 7pm.  Tickets are $10 and this mature themed production ticket price includes a cocktail hour with complimentary alcoholic beverage and themed treats.  Tickets will only be sold to individuals 21 years or older and I.D.’s will be checked at the door. 

The play can be best described as “a dark, dark Christmas comedy.  Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment.  As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself.  With each deer’s confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer…and murkier and murkier”. 

Leigh Anne Chambers, Executive Director of the Bossier Arts Council, said the following about the production “I think during the Holiday’s adults need a little comic relief.  It can all be so stressful so sometimes it’s nice to have a break from the cheer and laugh at the darker side of Christmas.  I mean who hasn’t thought the fact that ‘Santa knows when you are sleeping and when you are awake’ is a little creepy”. 

To make reservation call 318-741-8310 or stop by the Bossier Arts Council at 630 Barksdale Blvd Tuesday-Saturday 11-6pm.  The production has limited seating of a 100 a night and only two productions so get them while they last!

The East Bank Theatre is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is committed to promoting live performance in Bossier Parish..  It is located in BAC headquarters at 630 Barksdale Blvd. right off of I-20. 

For more information about Eight Reindeer Monologues or the Bossier Arts Council feel free to call us at 741-8310 or visit our website at http://www.bossierarts.org/.