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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Artini Update

ACK!!  We're only a week and half away from ARTini!  Have you gotten your tickets?  Bought your happening outfit?  Scheduled an iShuttle pick up with Leigh Anne Chambers (741-8310 or leigh@bossierarts.org)?  If you answered "no" to any of the above than you better do it!

Now for the weekly update...

Silent Auction Teaser:  Do you ever feel like you need to "Take a Day"?  Well, how about a spa day!  Snuggle up in this comfy Kashwere Robe and head on down to the Destiny Day Spa for a body massage.  But the relaxation can continue at home with the LafCo Candle provided by CC & Company.  This package is all wrapped up by an adorable tote courtesy of Go Greek.  Opening Bid: $100

Restaurant Shout Outs:  This week we would like to give a big "Shout Out" to 2 Johns Steakhouse and Ralph and Kacoo's.  2 Johns Steakhouse and Seafood is an opportunity to "treat" yourself to a fining dining experience while being surrounded by local artistry, music from a grand piano, and luxurious bar stocked with the best in wine options and signature cocktails.   Ralph and Kacoo's "The Seafood Restaurant" you sure to get a treat at this award winning restaurant that has been voted "The Best Cajun Food in Louisiana" and listed in the "Top 100 places to dine in America".

Sponsor Shout Outs:  We would like to thank two very important sponsors this week Meredith Hamrick Events and Viking Title.  Without community members like these two amazing organizations we wouldn't be able to do the things we do!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Artist One Stop Class for the Spring


All classes are free with a Bossier Arts Council Membership $25.  Memberships are good for 12 months from the date paid.  To register please call 741-8310 or email Leigh Anne Chambers at leigh@bossierarts.org.  

April
Build an Artist Talk: (Thursday 11th 5:30-7:30pm) Every artist should have a talk prepared to go!  BAC will get you ready using the free and online software of Prezi.  In two hours you'll be ready to go with your very own "Artist Talk" and we'll practice to boot!  Limited to 10.

Build a Budget: (Saturday 27th 1-3pm) Being an artist can be tricky and sometimes the trickiest part is managing your money!  Have no worries BAC's Comptroller/Gallery Coordinator Steven Belk is here to save the day!  In this two hour class he will teach you how to build a budget in Excel and give helpful tips for managing your money. 

May
Set up a CAFÉ Account: (Thursday 9th 5:30-7:30pm) Ever wish that applying for shows could be easy?  Well, we have a solution for the busy artist my CaFE!  By utilizing https://www.callforentry.org/ website you can have access to regional, national, and international shows.  We'll be setting up our accounts together so you'll have all the information you need. 

REALLY Basic Computer Skills: (Saturday 18th 1-3pm) Does the thought of turning on a computer overwhelm you?  Do you find them just a tad bit imposing?  Then this is your class.  BAC will walk you through some basic computer skills like transferring files onto a jump drive, saving a document, or downloading documents from online. 


June
Learn to Mail Merge: (Saturday 15th 1-3pm) Mail merges can be fun and easy too with Excel.  BAC will walk you through the process of creating a mail merge which can be handy when sending our promotion materials or even your Christmas list!

Build a Flyer in Publisher: (Saturday 29th 1-3pm) Have an event coming up?  Need to build a flyer to attract that audience?  Then let us help you utilize the program Publisher to create just what you need.  In two hours you'll be well on your way to a well attended program. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

March One Stop Classes


Getting ready for next month's Artist One Stop Classes!!  To register please call 741-8310 or email Leigh Anne at leigh@bossierarts.org.  All our classes are free to BAC Members!

March

Introduction to Publisher: (March 5th 5:30pm-7:30pm) This class will teach you how to use the PC program publisher to develop business cards, postcards, and other important promotional tools. 

How to use your fancy camera: (March 14th 5:30pm-7:30pm) Did you get a fancy camera for Christmas and have no idea how to use it!  No worries BAC is here to save the day!  Learn all the basic functions of your camera, how to utilize settings, and most importantly not be afraid. 

The artist one stop is our outreach service provided to artists. The center offers assistance at no charge. In addition to providing service to artists and arts organizations, the BAC Artist's One Stop is open and available to all citizens of Bossier Parish. The One Stop is open during BAC business hours Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-6pm.

  

DigiFest South Announces Call for Artists and Vendors


DigiFest South Announces Call for Artists and Vendors
2nd Annual Digital Arts Festival and Tech Expose will be held September 20-21 in Bossier City,
DigiFest South is calling for exhibitors and presenters for it’s annual digital arts festival and technology exposĂ©.  It is scheduled for Sep 20-21 2013 at the Bossier Civic Center.  Digifest South celebrates how digital technology combined with artistic creativity shapes modern society.  Vendors can apply online at http://bossierarts.org/component/k2/item/153 or call 318.741.8310.
Digifest South seeks the most innovative and progressive companies, organizations, and educational institution to showcase their contribution to the digital age and inspire young minds to seek careers in the digital media industry.  Digital media includes, film and animation, video game design, 3D design, music, motion graphics, robotics, photography, architecture and more.  So, pretty much any concept of combining art and technology to influence our culture and/or way of life.  Digifest South 2013 will feature:
  • Technology Expose Floor Show
  • Digital Workshops and Presentations
  • DigiJam Video Game Design Competition
  • Phenom Film Festival
  • TEDx Presentations
  • Digital Art Exhibition
  • Digital Music Concert
Art education is more than a school elective; it is a powerful vocational element and key to a well rounded education that translates to lucrative career opportunities.  DigiFest will demonstrate how art combined with technology leads to the innovations that shape our modern way of life and the direct contribution to strong economic development and cultural transformations.   

iShuttle at ARTini



In an effort to make sure your evening at ARTini is as enjoyable as possible we will have iShuttle before and after the event.  If you are interested in scheduling iShuttle to pick you up at your home please call 741-8310 or email leigh@bossierarts.org to schedule a time for pick-up.  They will be there after the event to make sure that everyone can make it home safe and sound.  iShuttle is reliable, interactive, and fun travel experience in the metro area.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Favorite Art Gallery!


ARTini Update

Tickets are on sale!  So you better visit on our website or call 318-741-8310.  They are $45 each.  And don't forget to get your Clarke's drawing tickets for $25 each, also available on the website!

Example of Photo Shoot
Silent Auction Leak:  One of the most exciting parts of Artini is our Silent Auction.  Well, today we are going to "leak" one of our packages!  Every little girl dreams about being a super model now’s your chance if you’re buying it for yourself, your high school senior, or your sassy pre-teen our “Super Model for a Day” package is for you! You’ll start with hair and makeup at Cabello Hair Studio then you’ll slip into an outfit of YOUR CHOICE from CC & Company and a stamped necklace from Lehla Shop, all in preparation for your high fashion photo shoot provided by Jennifer Robinson Photography.  This AMAZING PACKAGE is valued at $700 and bidding starts at just $115!

Featured Sponsor:  This week our featured sponsors are Citizens National Bank and Adrenaline 24/7 Fitness & Sports.  Citizens National Bank first opened its doors for business at 2005 Benton Road in October of 1985 when a small group of local business people saw the need for a locally owned and managed bank that would provide modern banking services, but without the cold and impersonal delivery of those services so prevalent in today's financial institutions. Adrenaline 24/7 Fitness & Sports is over 12,000 square feet of exercise space, 24 hour access, elite certified fitness professionals, and nutritional counseling, you will have what you need to work off extra pounds, add muscular definition, prepare for an event, or just stay active. Adrenaline is a community and family oriented gym with a 1200 square foot childcare facility available to members, sports performance classes for youth 7-18, and a variety of adult group exercise classes. 

Featured Project:  Funding from Artini helps Bossier Arts Council produce fun events all year long!  Including our Spring Art Walk currently slated for Saturday, March 30th.  This music and arts outdoor festival will be a blast for the whole family.  Starting at 10am and going to 4pm you will have the opportunity to shop among some of areas most talented artists and artisans.  Be sure to grab a seat and listen to our High School Band Competition organized by the Budding Artist Association.  With a chalk art competition  face painting, and kids crafts their will be something to do for the whole family.  Treats will be provided by Geauxsicle so you can stay as long as you like! 

Featured Restaurant:  This week we would like to give a shout out to two very important and long time supporters of Artini!  Superior Steakhouse and Raising Cane's Chicken.  On Thursday, February 21st join us for an appreciation night at Superior Steakhouse from 5:30-8pm.  On Saturday, February 23rd stop by a Raising Cane's near you!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Michael A King

Michael: A King

Bossier’s Talented Arts Program Presents “The Way It Is”


Bossier’s Talented Arts Program proudly presents “The Way It Is” by Lucile McIntyre.  This program is made possible through the Decentralized Arts Funding program awarded by the Bossier Arts Council. Performances will be held at Bossier High School February 21st during school and at 7pm and February 23rd at 5:30pm and 7pm.  The performances are free and open to the public.   The rating for this show is PG-13 due to the subject matter.

“The Way It Is” is a one act play about the stresses of various teenagers’ senior year in high school and the trials they face growing up.  The actors discuss an individual student (not present in the show), who lacks the ability to deal with an individual traumatizing event that leads to the student attempting suicide.  The message of the performance is clear through the TAP students’ portrayal; “nothing is worth giving up your life”.  The TAP actors are taking a stand showing it is time to break the walls that stand between them, their peers, their teachers, and their parents.  Through lengthy research, the students have chosen to reveal statistics to their audiences about suicide, bullying, and inform their audience on how many individuals in Bossier are available for our youth to talk to, confide in, and help them work through the stresses of being a teen in 2013.  Bossier counselors and pupil appraisal members will be present at the performances.

The Bossier Talented Arts Program is a state funded program designed to identify and serve the top actors, musicians, and artists identified and tested through the Bossier Parish Schools.  Our mission is to guide our youth and prepare them to become professional artists in their designated field. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.   For more information please contact:  shannon.shea@bossierschools.org (Director of “The Way It Is”)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Call for Vendors



CALL FOR VENDORS

St. Jude Church
Spring Arts & Crafts Market

3800 Viking Dr.
Bossier City, La.
Contact: Lynn Mills
millsforhim@suddenlink.net
318-309-0102

Bossier City, LA- St. Jude Catholic Church invites vendors to the St.
Jude Spring Arts & Crafts Market from 9am-4pm, April 20, 2013.

All items must be handmade. No resale, import or kit items are allowed.
Booth prices for this outdoor market range from $40-$90. Vendors are
responsible for their own displays, table and chairs and all exhibit tables
must be covered to the ground. Set up begins at 7am the morning of
the event.

Vendors are encouraged to get their applications in early as space is
limited. The deadline to register is March 15, 2013 after then, a late fee
of $10 will be applied.

If interested contact Lynn Mills at 318-309-0102 or
millsforhim@suddenlink.net


We had such a great time at the Artini 2013 Paint Party!  Thanks to everyone who came out, the glasses are beautiful.  If you would like to pre-buy your martini glass for the event, they are on sale here at the Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd, for $25.  Come by from 11am-5pm and pick out your favorite!









Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Call for Artists & Musicians


Visual Artists & Artisans 

The Bossier Arts Council is excited to announce a new opportunity for our area artists.  In a partnership with The Villago we will coordinate a Spring Art Walk on Saturday, March 30th.  This is an opportunity for area artists and artisans to sell their work in an outdoor venue.  Each artist will be provided a table and two chairs and given one hour for set up.  The event will be from 10-4pm and BAC and The Villago will be promoting the event.  Any artists wishing to participate should visit www.bossierarts.org for an entry form and email the application to bossierarts@bossierarts.org.  A $15 dollar fee will apply to assist for rental of equipment and promotion (BAC will NOT be taking a commission on works sold).  All applications must be submitted by February 28th

Musicians 

The Bossier Arts Council and the Budding Artists Association are proud to announce that we will be partnering to host the Spring Art Walk at the Villaggio Saturday, March 30th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The show will display numerous pieces of art created by local artists.  We are presently searching for local bands and/or solo acts for our musical portion of the Art Show. We would absolutely love for you to be a part of this wonderful endeavor. All entries must be “radio appropriate”. If you wish to participate, please visit www.bossierarts.org to download an entry form. Entry forms must be submitted via e-mail to the address listed below by March 1st. If you have any questions, contact Shaundarius Hardman, Budding Artists Association member, by email (bossierarts@bossierarts.org) or phone (318-741-8310). Also, check out our Facebook page (Budding Artist Association) for more information.

Donate to BAC and Win Big!!


The Bossier Arts Council and community partner Clarkes Jewelers is thrilled to announce a HUGE OPPORTUNITY to BAC's supporters. For a $25 donation to the Bossier Arts Council you can be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree at Clarkes*.  And to celebrate we are throwing in a free chance to win when you donate $100.  That's right 5 chances to win a $5,000 shopping spree for $100 donation.  A limited number of tickets will be sold so be sure to call 741-8310, click here to purchase online today, or swing by the Bossier Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City), Clarkes Jewelers (4847 Line Ave, Shreveport), or CC & Company (2151 Airline Dr., Bossier City).

The Drawing will take place at Boomtown March 9th during ARTini. Ticket holders do NOT need to be present to win.



*Clarkes Jewelers  $5000 Shopping Spree Limitations: In-store merchandise only and excludes Rolex, Loose Diamonds, Repairs, Custom Work, Appraisals, and any in-store merchandise not owned by Clarkes Jewelers, Inc.  Shopping spree will be conducted by appointment only and all items selected are subject to approval by Mr. Jay Mitchell, Owner and CEO Clarkes Jewelers, Inc. Items selected are not eligible for monetary refund, exchange, modification, or taxed exempt.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Artini Restaurant Appreciation Night: Texas Street Steakhouse

Continuing on our tradition of appreciating a different Artini Restaurant each week we'll be visiting Texas Street Steakhouse from 5:30-8pm tonight.  We hope you'll swing by tell them how much we appreciate their support in our community and have a snack and a drink too.  Texas Street is located at 3015 E. Texas Street.  Fine dining quality steaks and seafood within a delightfully casual and welcoming atmosphere. Full bar available including an extensive wine list.  

Monday, February 11, 2013

Artini: Weekly Update

Have you gotten your tickets yet?  If the answer is no then you better click here and purchase them online today!!  For only $45 this event is the best price in town.  Don't forget if you wait to get them at the door they will be $55 each.  So save yourself a $10 and get them early!!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:  This year's musical guest is none other than local favorite "Soulfish Blues Band".  After performing with super talent Percy Sledge for a number of years, they are now joined by a lurid female vocalist from Deep South Louisiana to round out the act.  They draw inspiration from artists such as Jeff Beck, Aretha Franklin, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Robben Ford, B.B. King, and Irma Thomas.

FEATURED SPONSOR: This year's ARTini wouldn't be possible without our sponsors and especially our Title Sponsors for 2013 Clarkes Jewelers.  The wonderful folks at Clarkes are super excited to be joining our list of sponsors this year and to celebrate they've decided to give BAC's supporters a HUGE opportunity.  For a $25 donation to the Bossier Arts Council you can be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree at Clarkes*.  And to celebrate we are throwing in a free chance to win when you donate $100.  That's right 5 chances to win a $5,000 shopping spree for $100 donation.  A limited number of tickets will be sold so be sure to call 741-8310 today to purchase your ticket or swing by the Bossier Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City), Clarkes Jewelers (4847 Line Ave, Shreveport), or CC & Company (2151 Airline Dr., Bossier City).

RESTAURANT SHOUT OUT:  This week we would like to give a "shout out" to Texas Street Steakhouse in Bossier City for their participation in 2013 Artini!  On Tuesday the 12th from 5:30-8pm we be giving our "thanks" back by visiting this classy joint for drinks and eats.  So be sure to stop by Texas Street at 3015 E. Texas Street and tell them how much we appreciate their support for our community!

FUND UPDATE: Many of you may not know that besides being our BIGGEST FUNDRAISER this is also our ONLY FUNDRAISER.  That's right the money earned from Artini goes to supplement the cost of all our programming including education.  Our Education Coordinator Robin Jones does a variety of projects but one that is near and dear to her heart as well as the entire staff is the Budding Artist Association.  This "JR Arts Council" is made up of 10 high school students who plan, promote, and execute their own arts related activities.  Through the Budding Arts Association we teach life skills about commitment to your community, leadership development, and teamwork.  Some upcoming projects they have planned is a band competition at our March 30th Spring Art Walk, a Film Festival in April, and Poetry and Paint night in June.

*Clarkes Jewelers  $5000 Shopping Spree Limitations: In-store merchandise only and excludes Rolex, Loose Diamonds, Repairs, Custom Work, Appraisals, and any in-store merchandise not owned by Clarkes Jewelers, Inc.  Shopping spree will be conducted by appointment only and all items selected are subject to approval by Mr. Jay Mitchell, Owner and CEO Clarkes Jewelers, Inc. Items selected are not eligible for monetary refund, exchange, modification, or taxed exempt.*

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bossier Arts Council and Community Trust Bank presents Barbara Rushing


Bossier City Banking Center
The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce a partnership with Community Trust Bank to feature local artists at two of their banking centers in the Shreveport Bossier area. The premier artist for this partnership is Barbara Rushing whose work will be on display from February through April 2013. The banking centers featuring artwork are the Line Avenue Branch, 3400 Line Ave., Shreveport, LA 71104, and the Bossier City Banking Center, 2790 Airline Dr., Bossier City, LA 71111.  

When asked about her creative process Barbara answered “I love the learning process in art and love color.  I recently started taking saxophone lessons. My three children, Dr. Donna Rushing, Mrs. Nancy Hayes of Austin, and Dr. Paul Rushing and nine grandchildren are all supportive of my art shows.”

Line Avenue Banking Center
Community Trust Bank’s core purpose to Enrich the Lives of People in our Community is realized in this endeavor by showcasing community artists and their talents in a unique environment. This also provides an artistic investment in our community by bring the artwork to the people in our community.

The Bossier Arts Council is committed to promoting art work of regional artists.  It is located at 630 Barksdale Blvd. right off of I-20. 

For more information about the Bossier Arts Council please call us at 741-8310 or visit our website at www.bossierarts.org.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

CTB Post


We are very proud to announce that we are now partnering with Community Trust Bank to provide the community with beautiful artwork as they visit the banking centers. The two locations are on Line Ave. and Airline Dr. For the next three months, you can stop by either location and see the incredible works of Barbara Rushing. 


On February 22nd. Community Trust on Line Ave) will host a Chili Cookout from 10:30a-3:00pm. Plates are $5.00 and include lunch with chips, drink, and cookie. Proceeds will benefit The Goldman School/The ARC Caddo-Bossier.

Artini Restaurant Appreciation: Twine


Bossier Arts Council and the 2013 Artini Committee invite you to join us at Twine (1513 Line Avenue) from 5:30-8pm tonight for Restaurant Appreciation Night.  Twine is a full service dining and drinking venue with a catch slogan "Tea & Wine on Line".  This happening venue will have some very exciting specials in honor of our celebration tonight.

  • $6 Pita Pizza
  • $6 Martini's all night
  • $6 Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles 
We hope you join us to celebrate Twine and their commitment to their community!  After all we help build the places in which we like to live.  

And don't forget you can purchase Artini Tickets on line now and we'll also have TONS tonight at our restaurant appreciation night!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state
 arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched
 in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. POL has grown every year with over 365,000 students competing in 2011-2012. 
On February 2nd , The Bossier Arts Council hosted the regional Poetry Out Loud contest for 
Caddo and Bossier Parish Schools. We are very proud to announce the winner is 11th grader,
 Megan Jones from Caddo Magnet High School. Megan was awarded a $100 cash prize.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Weekly Artini Update


Continuing in our weekly series here is an update on all things Artini.  Before we forget you can now purchase tickets for this March 9th (7pm) event online by clicking here.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:  As you might have already guessed from this year's logo our 2013 Artini Artist is Tony Reans!!  Reans works as an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and teaches classes on photography, Photoshop, and acrylic painting. His artwork has been featured in more than 23 exhibitions across the country and has won him more than 7 different awards.   “My world is a Utopian paradise filled with zombies, robots, pirates, and ninjas, who hang out in mid-century modern homes and drink martinis while enjoying jazz records”, said Reans. He continued by saying, “each one represents various irreducible aspects of the human condition, and facets of the human psyche. They aren't out to harm one another, as might be expected, but rather, the parties they attend and their luxurious surroundings create a friendly atmosphere. I leave the specific interpretation of each character up to the viewer.” 

FEATURED SPONSOR:  This year (as last) our Alcohol will be provided through the generosity of Dripping Springs Vodka.  I don't think we have enough space to tell you all about this amazing company but we do have a link to an awesome video!  A special shout out needs to go to Republic National Distributing Company for all their help in setting this up.

RESTAURANT SHOUT OUT:  This week we would like to give a "shout out" to Twine for their participation in 2013 Artini!  On Thursday the 7th from 5:30-8pm we will be giving out "thanks" back by visiting this hip place for drinks.  The name "Twine" comes from Tea & Wine on Line.  Who could forget that location with such an easy reminder!

FUND UPDATE: As promised last week we will feature where YOUR MONEY GOES when you come to Artini.  This week we are thrilled to share all about our East Bank Gallery.  The Gallery is one of the longest running programs of BAC and one that is near and dear to our hearts.  We are committed to promoting art work of our regional artists and is located at our headquarters at 630 Barksdale Blvd.  We have a full year of shows planned.  Click here for more information.

Don't forget to get your tickets today!  


Friday, February 1, 2013

Bossier’s Talented Arts Program Presents “The Way It Is”


Bossier’s Talented Arts Program proudly presents “The Way It Is” by Lucile McIntyre.  This program is made possible through the Decentralized Arts Funding program awarded by the Bossier Arts Council. Performances will be held at Bossier High School February 21st during school and at 7pm and February 23rd at 5:30pm and 7pm.  The performances are free and open to the public.   The rating for this show is PG-13 due to the subject matter.

“The Way It Is” is a one act play about the stresses of various teenagers’ senior year in high school and the trials they face growing up.  The actors discuss an individual student (not present in the show), who lacks the ability to deal with an individual traumatizing event that leads to the student attempting suicide.  The message of the performance is clear through the TAP students’ portrayal; “nothing is worth giving up your life”.  The TAP actors are taking a stand showing it is time to break the walls that stand between them, their peers, their teachers, and their parents.  Through lengthy research, the students have chosen to reveal statistics to their audiences about suicide, bullying, and inform their audience on how many individuals in Bossier are available for our youth to talk to, confide in, and help them work through the stresses of being a teen in 2013.  Bossier counselors and pupil appraisal members will be present at the performances.

The Bossier Talented Arts Program is a state funded program designed to identify and serve the top actors, musicians, and artists identified and tested through the Bossier Parish Schools.  Our mission is to guide our youth and prepare them to become professional artists in their designated field. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.   For more information please contact:  shannon.shea@bossierschools.org (Director of “The Way It Is”)