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Friday, March 29, 2013

Saturday Spring Artwalk at the Villaggio!

If you're interested in local expressions of art, you won't want to miss the Bossier Arts Council's Spring Art Walk on Saturday.
More than a dozen local artists will have booths selling everything from paintings to homemade jewelry.  It's being held at the Villagio Apartment shops on Texas Ave. from10 A.M. until 4 P.M.
"Everything will be small and easy to take home.  We have a variety of different types of art forms from painting to jewelry to leatherworking.  So, it stretches the gamut.  Not to mention we have artists who've been working twenty plus years and high school kids who just started," said Leigh Anne Chambers, Bossier Arts Council Executive Director.
One high school student's work will also be up for sale as part of his senior project.
"They're our next generation of artists so we have to foster and create a place for them to come and feel like they can express themselves through their art," said Robin Jones, Bossier Arts Council.
Young musicians are also set to take the stage through the day.  25 teen bands will take turns playing sets. Look for the full story on the 5 and 6 o'clock Broadcasts.
-Morgan Thomas NBC 6

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Art Walk Saturday!!

The Bossier Arts Council and The Villagio in Bossier have partnered to present a Spring Art Walk on Saturday March 30th from 10am-4pm.  The event which will be held outdoors at the Villagio and will feature over 10 artists, kids activities, and live music all day.  In addition we will have food from local vendor Geauxsicle available for purchase all day long.

This family friendly event is the perfect day activity for everyone.  Kids activities including face painting (by Crooked Tree $5 & $10), chalk art competition (a prize for the winners!), and kids craft table sponsored by BAC.  With artists ranging from High School to working artists and artisans event goers are sure to find something in every price point and style.  A High School Band competition organized by the Budding Artist Association will feature four competing bands.  In addition Prevailing Winds a wind group made up of community members will kick off the musical selection at 11am.

The event is free and open and to the public.  The event will take place Villagio Main Street and is located at 5220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.  For more information about the event please visit Bossier Arts Council's website www.bossierarts.org or call 741-8310.

In the event of rain the event will be rescheduled for later in the Spring.


Friday, March 22, 2013

POP Art Show Tonight!!!

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East Bank Gallery 


The Bossier Arts Council is presenting an upcoming show featuring pop culture. Pop Art made its debut in 1950's society and has continued to morph throughout the years. Local and surrounding artists are encouraged to bring a variety of pieces influenced by the growing pop art culture. 

The Pop Art exhibit will open March 1st lasting until April 2nd 2013 with a reception on March 22nd at 6 PM.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Art Opening Tonight!!


The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce a partnership with Community Trust Bank to feature local artists at three 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. The third Banking Center, located at 1350 East 70th St., Shreveport, LA 71105, will feature Barbara Rushing's artwork through May 2013. 


A reception honoring Barbara Rushing will be March 21st from 5-7pm at the Line Avenue Banking Center.

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."

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", said Larry LittleRegional President NWLA, EVP. "This also provides an artistic investment in our community by bring the artwork to the people in our community.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gallery Fine Art Center Reception

Gallery Fine Art Center
A Bruner Gallery Affiliate 
 
 
 
You're invited to...
An opening reception Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30 - 7:30 in the evening to celebrate our current exhibition.


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Jeromie Journell 
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Mark Charleville
Ryan McCutcheon
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Nicholas Bustamante
          



Southern Ghosts and Living Souls
An Exhibit from February 28 9 April 13

The Gallery Fine Arts is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is sponsored through the generous contributions of Meredith Hamrick, Ken & Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza.
 
Please utilize the additional parking lot on Northside Dr. or the valet services.

Gallery Fine Art Center
2151 Airline Dr.
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
Hours: Thursday & Friday: 1-6pm  Saturday: 11am-2pm

Monday, March 18, 2013

Secrets of an Arts Administrator: Why produce new works?

This week Bossier Arts Council's East Bank Theatre will open an original work titled "Bumped Off".  This production which will run March 21st-23rd and March 28th-30th at 7pm each night was written and directed by local Mat Latz.  This past weekend I found myself explaining to a number of people what we meant by an "original work"

An original work means that this is the first time a script has been performed.  In today's economy it is rare to see a Theatre (community or professional) to produce an "original" work.  Typically when planning a season you try to select at least some shows that will have "name recognition" to draw in an audience.  We do that so that financial loss on a show is somewhat minimized.  However if we do not take the risk to financially backing original works we will not see artistic growth.

Because at the core of our organizations mission is to "develop a culture identity for Bossier Parish" we feel that it is our responsibility to produce original works.  To highlight the culture that is present in our community, to fund it, and to foster it whenever possible.  We hope that you will partner with us in the endeavor by purchasing a ticket for and attending "Bumped Off" over the next two weekends.

This murder mystery comedy is director playwright Mat Latz's homage to film great Mel Brooks.  It is full of surprises and silliness and is a wonderful theatrical experience.  At only $15 a ticket you can have a good time while enjoying the talent of your community.

Friday, March 15, 2013

BAC Presents "Bumped Off"


The Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre is thrilled to announce their upcoming production of Bumped Off by local playwright Mat Latz.  This original production which has never been performed before will run March 21-23rd and March 28-30th at 7pm.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Bossier Arts Council by calling 741-8310.

This is the first in a long time commitment of the Bossier Arts Council’s staff and board of directors to produce original works written by Shreveport-Bossier natives.  Local Mat Latz not only wrote but is also directing and performing in the production.  The production can best be described as a comedy murder mystery that pays tribute to great film makers like Mel Brookes.  When asked for three words that best described the production Latz replied “Campy, over the top, and fun”.  This production has a rating of PG-13 but Latz said that he is a family man and aims to have his productions appropriate for teens and adults.  While he sites some colorful remarks in his description he says for the most part it’s “just clean fun”.  In this murder mystery no one is who they seem and literally ANYONE could be the killer.  No really!  We hear rumor of a VERY surprising ending. 

Actor Matthew Nash Crow behind bars!
Leigh Anne Chambers, Executive Director of the Bossier Arts Council, said the following about the production and BAC’s commitment to original works “I am always impressed with the talent pool present in Shreveport-Bossier and in all disciplines.  I think it’s time we give playwrights an opportunity to see their work performed onstage with a live audience watching.  I also believe strongly that our community wants to support our artists and experience a truly unique experience”. 

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 each night so hurry 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 Bumped Off or the Bossier Arts Council feel free to call us at 741-8310 or visit our website at http://www.bossierarts.org/.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What's Hanging Right Now


Emerging Artist Gallery



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Cam Owen

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present the artwork of Cam Owen.


The exhibit will be displayed in Bossier Art Council's Emerging Artist Gallery March 2nd until March 31st with a reception on March 22nd at 6pm.

Owen began drawing when he was 8 and it has remained a part of his life every since. "I always start my art with a blank slate. I never have a plan when I sit down to draw. I like to think of myself as a freestyle artist". This is the artistic approach of Minden, Louisiana native Cam Owen. He continued, "I take what I'm feeling and put it into my artwork. I think of my art as an escape from reality.   He has also had experience as editor of Minden High's yearbook. In December 2010, Owen graduated from Bossier Parish Community College with an Associate Degree in Telecommunications with a concentration in Film and TV production. "Since then art has remained a steady focal point of my free time", stated Owen. And it shows, with him gaining experience working 8 films and being featured on MTV's Caged for 4 episode, with the 7th featuring his first art show.The artist says that bright colors are his specialty but he also has a soft spot for black and white.  Owen's favorite medium is oil and charcoal pastel, yet he experiments with digital paintings and wax figures. "I feel like my art expresses myself as an individual and my personality definitely shines through my work", said Owen.


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East Bank Gallery 
pop

The Bossier Arts Council is presenting an upcoming show featuring pop culture. Pop Art made its debut in 1950's society and has continued to morph throughout the years. Local and surrounding artists are encouraged to bring a variety of pieces influenced by the growing pop art culture. 

The Pop Art exhibit will open March 1st lasting until April 2nd 2013 with a reception on March 22nd at 6 PM.
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Gallery Fine Art Center
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The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an expansion of their gallery space to include the Gallery Fine Art Center located at 2151 Airline Dr., Bossier City, in Airline Plaza. The Opening exhibition "Southern Ghosts and Living Souls" features four artists including:Nicholas Bustamante, Mark Charleville, Jeormie Journell, and Ryan Mccutcheon.
 An opening reception will be March 26th
from 5:30 - 7:30pm.
nick b  

"Southern Ghosts and Living Souls" is a show inspired by the past that resides in everyone and sometimes brings itself forward in the forms of memories. One of the participating artists, Nicholas Bustamante, said about the theme "The past is our constant companion, forever influencing our present and future.  Stories of haunted houses and ghosts are nothing more than poetic expressions of how we are all haunted by our memories."   
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1800 Prime Steakhouse

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The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artist Hooshang Khorasani. His artwork will be on display in 1800 Prime Steakhouse at Boomtown Casino from February through April. 
A wine tasting reception, WAM, will be April 4th from 5:30-7:30pm with a $15 entry fee.
Hooshang is an internationally exhibited artist who maintains working studios in Ruston, LA, and Orange County, CA. His background includes a BFA in painting, plus 12 years as a graphic designer and an award-winning illustrator. He has worked as a self-employed artist in America and Spain since 1984. His paintings are displayed in private collections in England, in Spain, in Belgium and across the United States as well as in corporate collections of Club Mirafloras (Spain), Holiday Inn, Regions Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank, Stevens Inc. and others. They are also part of the permanent collection of Lake Eustis (FL) Museum of Art.
When asked about his show he answered ". I paint in layers, adding texture, but it's as if the paint itself takes part in the creative process.  I'm the tour guide on the journey, but there's another participant:  My hands are virtually channeled into a universal source of energy.  And that energy, in turn, pulses through my brushes and artist tools. My equine paintings are part of a study of running horses.  All areas of these paintings are designed to make the horses gallop ahead, trying to escape from the canvas.  Every single color shows moving energy; each color cooperates with the next to handle this performance of power.  I want these horses to run for a while and to let the viewers witness that."
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Community Trust Bank
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The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce a partnership with Community Trust Bank to feature local artists at three 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. The third Banking Center, located at 1350 East 70th St., Shreveport, LA 71105, will feature Barbara Rushing's artwork through May 2013. 
A reception honoring Barbara Rushing will be March 21st from 5-7pm at the Line Avenue Banking Center.

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."

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", said Larry LittleRegional President NWLA, EVP. "This also provides an artistic investment in our community by bring the artwork to the people in our community.

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Get The Scoop
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The Bossier Arts Council is VERY Proud to add another space to our gallery list! Go by Get the Scoop, located at 187 Burt Boulevard Benton, Louisiana 71006,and check out the artwork of the Central Park Elementary students being taught by Ms. Maggie Peairs.
While you are there, enjoy some delicious frozen yogurt!

BAC Needs You!!!

Ever feel like you would like to become involved in Theatre but don't know how?  Well now is your chance!  Bossier Arts Council is looking for some "hands" this weekend to help us complete the set for our original production "Bumped Off" which opens next Thursday!

We will be working at the following times and days at the East Bank Theatre located at our headquarters 630 Barksdale Blvd.

Friday 3/15
10am-1pm
1pm-5pm
9pm-12am

Saturday 3/16
10am-1pm
1pm-5pm
9pm-12am

Don't be afraid!!  No experience necessary just a willingness to help!

Artini Wrap Up & Winners

Words cannot express how grateful we are to all the wonderful people who came out to help with Artini!  Volunteers, participants, sponsors, silent auction donors, and party goers all helped us complete not only a fantastic night but our biggest fundraiser of the year!  

I think everyone can agree that the fabulous martinis prepared by our participating restaurants was one of the shining examples of the culinary and spirit mixing talent we have in our region.  The winning restaurants are below:

Don Juanz Baja Beach Taco's won People's Choice
Ristorante Giuseppe won Most Savory
Ralph & Kacoo's won Judges Choice


Ristorante Giuseppe 

Ralph & Kacoo's

Don Juanz Baja Beach Tacos
Congratulations to all our winner and to everyone who came out and whipped a bit of heaven in a 2 oz Martini Glass!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Creative Art Connection Holds Open House


The Creative Art Connection has been promoting and supporting visual artists in you community for over 30 years. We would like to invite you to come and check out what the CAC has to offer. We will have live demos, refreshments, and a slide show presentation.  The event will be held Monday, March 11th at 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Bossier Arts Council's Annex.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

East Bank Producing an Original

Matt (Director & Playwright)
The Bossier Arts Council is committed to not only fostering artistic growth but aiding whenever possible.  That's why we've made a commitment to show original works written by local playwrights in our East Bank Theatre.  At the end of this month we will be premiering a script by local Matt Latz "Bumped Off".  Rehearsal started last month and we are getting excited about this upcoming production.  It can be best described as a "murder mystery that will lead the audience through an adventure of murder and greed".  But don't let that description throw you off because it is HILARIOUS!!  No really, it is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles.  Did we mention that audience participation is also a huge part? Well we'll be sharing some rehearsal photos today and look for regular updates.  

Call for Artists: Special Project "The Bridge"

The Bossier Arts Council is constantly trying to figure out ways to promote, motivate, and inspire our artists! Well we've been doing thinking and meeting and have a wonderful opportunity to help our artists expand their visibility outside the Shreveport-Bossier area.  We've partnered with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council in Ruston, LA. (and a few others in the works) to develop a system to exhibit each others artists.  This system is being called "The Bridge Project".

This will be a juried (by BAC) database that is shared with NCLAC for them to use to book some of their gallery exhibitions for 2013-2014.  We are currently in discussions with other Gallery entities on the I-20 corridor for further participation.

To be considered for this amazing opportunity submit an artist statement, resume, biography, and 3-5 digital images of your work to Leigh Anne Chambers at leigh@bossierarts.org or snail mail to 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA the submission should be titled "Bridge Project Submission".  A $15 handling fee will be associated with each submission.  Deadline for entries is April 30th.  If you do not currently have any of the above items please call 741-8310 to schedule Artist One Stop hours.

If you have any questions feel free to email Leigh Anne Chambers at leigh@bossierarts.org or call 741-8310.