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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Emerging Artist Gallery Ashley Wachal

The Bossier Arts Council is happy to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artist Su Ashley Wachal. Her artwork will be on display in the Emerging Artist Gallery from June 1 through June 29th with a reception on June 8th from 3-6pm.

Ashley Wachal grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana in a loving, traditional southern home. She remembers discovering her true artistic talent in her middle school art class. Ashley pursued art throughout high school and was known for her artistic talent. Despite pursuing different fields of study while in college at Louisiana Tech University, she always remained devoted to what she was most passionate about: art. Ashley grew as an artist throughout her undergraduate career in Studio Art and continued to be successful. She continued to further her education in graduate school at Louisiana Tech University in Art Education. Ashley spent four years teaching high school art in Caddo Parish, but has now since dedicated her career to being a professional artist. As an artist, Ashley has created work using various forms of media; including sculpture, clay, printmaking, charcoal, pencil sketch, acrylic, and her preferred medium of choice, oil painting. Ashley resides in the Shreveport-Bossier area with her husband, Jason, and their three dogs.
“Throughout the years, I have always found myself drawn to certain aspects of beauty; these traits are what inspire my work. In the past, I have found such inspiration found in nature and in the art form of architecture. What currently inspires me is the uniqueness in the traditional shotgun house; more specifically, the shotgun houses found among the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana.”

The Emerging Artist 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.

East Bank Gallery Su Stella & Caroline Youngblood

The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artists Su Stella and Caroline Youngblood. Their artwork will be on display in East Bank Gallery from June 1 through June 29th with a reception on June 8th from 3-6pm.

Su Stella graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 1988. She spent years traveling the world and making art. She lived in Biloxi when hurricane Katrina hit, after that she moved to Shreveport.  From paintings, soap and jewelry the girl from Boston embraced her new home state and released her inner Cajun.  Currently she is painting on canvas as well as glass. These projects range from jewelry to layered glass paintings as well as paintings on canvas. She has also been a writing a monthly column for Louisiana Road Trips since 2006.
“For several years I have been experimenting with different glass techniques and I have been painting on canvas too. It’s been great to have the space to be able to work whenever I want. This has opened my art vocabulary, and expanded my portfolio. My painting style has taken a big leap recently, whether I am working on multi levels of painted and embellished glass or on flat canvases my art celebrates layers of Louisiana inspired images.  My palette has brightened and I feel like I have been really finding my voice. This state is full of lively, spicy flavor and that is what I am trying to convey.”

Caroline Youngblood grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton, Louisiana. She attended LSU where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Youngblood pursued graduate work at Syracuse University, New York, and received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech. Her series Riverton, 1937 will be on display for this exhibition.
“Riverton, 1937 is a series of drawings and paintings rendered from a 1937 family film. The monochromatic footage was shot 75 years ago on and around our farm in Riverton, Louisiana. I choose certain snapshots from the film for their haunting nature and painterly qualities, juggling reality and abstraction, to produce a story of the recorded past. These paintings were during a three month residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay-sur-Seine, France (CAMAC).”

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.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DigiFest 2013 Call for 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.   

Summer One Stop Classes


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DAF Grants Available

The Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program provides a system for funding arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state.  Funds are provided to each parish on a per capita basis utilizing the most recent census figures.  As applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish, decisions about cultural priorities are made locally.     
 
The Louisiana Division of the Arts disburses the funds to eight Regional Development Agencies, (RDA) which in turn regrant those dollars to parishes in their region.  A Community Development Director administers each region.   The Director identifies arts-sponsoring organizations and provides them with advice and assistance in developing arts programming.  In addition, two Local Regranting Agencies service individual parishes within two of the regions. 
 
The Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program (DAF), initiated in 1995, makes the arts available in all areas of the state by giving artists, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and local government agencies in each parish the opportunity to develop arts programs that meet their local needs. 
 
 The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is designed to:
 
1       Allocate fifty percent of the Louisiana Division of the Arts legislative appropriation on a per capita basis. 
2        Expand efforts to make the arts accessible to all parishes in Louisiana. 
3      Award grants to organizations located within the parish for which funds are  designated.
 
The goals of the Decentralized Arts Funding Program are to:
 
1       Strengthen arts organizations.
2       Encourage professional artists to undertake projects that have meaningful community involvement and build audiences for the arts.
3       Encourage a variety of nonprofit organizations to sponsor arts and cultural activities including classical, contemporary and traditional arts in eight artistic disciplines within the parish funded.
4        Leverage additional local support for the arts.
5        Provide arts activities to groups which have had limited arts experiences.
6        Provide funding for arts and cultural activities that are open to the public.

Introduce the grants process and develop grant-writing skills
 
For more information on Bossier Arts Council and DAF grants click here.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

BAC receives Beaird Foundation Grant for DigiFest South!!


The Bossier Arts Council got quite a surprise in the mail on Friday, an award letter (and check!) from the Beaird Foundation Grant Program. Funds received will go to help cover the cost of transportation for schools to attend DigiFest South 2013.  The event which is slated for September 20th and 21st is a Digital Art and Media technology showcase aimed at illuminating the talent in our region.

Started in 2012  its goal is to show that 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 demonstrates 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.

The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation is committed to improving the
Shreveport, Louisiana, area through assisting organizations to add opportunity, freedom of action and choice, self-betterment and a climate for change to the lives of the people they serve.    The foundation is particularly interested in supporting those programs which are small, local, innovative and perhaps even unpopular.

Click the following links to learn more about the Bossier Arts Council, DigiFest South, and the Beaird Foundation.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

LCEF Luncheon & BP Oil Spill

For those of you who attend yesterday's luncheon we wanted to provide some links so you could access any information you might of missed.  For those of who were not able to make the event you can follow the links to learn more!  Click the titles below to be taken to the respective page.


Louisiana Cultural Economy Website

Louisiana Cultural Economy Facebook Page

One Stop Class Saturday!!

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.  Class will be held this Saturday, May 18th, from 1:00-3:00pm at the Bossier Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd) in the One Stop.  Please call 318-741-8310 to register today!!  

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2nd DigiFest South Will be Held, September 20-21, in Shreveport-Bossier

DigiFest South, a digital arts festival first held in Shreveport-Bossier in 2012, is seeking artists, exhibitors, and entrepreneurs to participate in its second annual digital technology expose and arts festival, scheduled for Sep. 20-21, 2013.  DigiFest South is a community outreach program of the Bossier Arts Council and collaborative project with Shreveport's Sci-Port, CoHab of Shreveport, Phenom Film Festival, and the Robinson Film Center.  Through a family-friendly schedule of events.  DigiFest South celebrates how technology combines with artistic creativity to shape modern society.

DigiFest South seeks the most innovative and progressive artists, companies, organization, and educational institutions to showcase their contribution to the digital age and inspire young minds to seek careers in the digital media industry.  Registration can be found online at www.bossierarts.org.  DigiFest South 2013 will feature:

  • Technology Expose Floor Show
  • Digital Industry Workshops and Panels
  • Video Game Design Competition
  • Phenom Film Festival
  • Digital Media Presentations
  • Digital Art Exhibition
  • Digital Music Concert

New for this year's event, DigiFest South will host a variety of programs in downtown Shreveport.
CoHabitat Shreveport, a collaborative workspace located in downtown Shreveport's riverfront entertainment district, will host a digital economy symposium and other DigiFest South-affiliated events throughout the weekend.  Events at CoHabitat Shreveport will include several workshops, panels, and talks centered on digital media, including panels on how to continue building a digital media infrastructure in Shreveport-Bossier, business planning, and an angel investor pitch event.  Also new for the 2013 festival, DigiFest South will present a digital music concert underneath the Texas Street Bride in downtown Shreveport.

All entries for the digital art, display booths, and entrepreneurial pitches can be submitted to the Bossier Arts Council starting on June 1st.  For more information, visit www.bossierarts.org or "like" DigiFest South on Facebook at www.facebook.com/digifestsouth.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Looking for Summer Interns


BAC’s Looking for a few good interns…

Intern Amanda gives a High School Tour @ DigiFest
The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is currently accepting applications from individuals wishing to gain hands on experience through both paid and unpaid internships.  These internships will focus in a variety of disciplines/duties including but not limited to the following:

  • Graphic Design
  • Non-profit Administration
  • Education
  • Technical Theatre
  • Gallery Management
  • Accounting
  • Promotions/Marketing
  • Technical Writing/Grant Writing

Intern Jessica lends a hand during a Gallery installation
Those interested in applying should drop off a resume, cover letter, and fill out an application at Bossier Arts Council located at 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, Louisiana. 

The Bossier Arts Council is a 501 c-3 non profit whose mission is to promote, support, and provide cultural events and programming in order to enhance the quality of life and to develop a cultural identity for Bossier Parish.  To learn more about BAC and their programs visit their website at www.bossierarts.org, their blog at www.bossierarts.blogspot.com, or call 318-741-8310.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"ART" at the BAC




MAY 9-10-11-16-17-18 at 7:30 pm
MAY 12 at 3:00 pm The Rep presents the 1998 Tony Award winner for Best Play, ART, opening May 9th at EastBank Theatre.
The comedy will feature BLAYNE WEAVER, PATRICK KIRTON and JASON GUY directed by Artistic Director PATRIC McWILLIAMS.

The Tony Award winning comedy, ART, is a non-stop cross-fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in a dazzling and hilarious array of language.
ART takes that yawny old bore---the play of ideas---and jolts it to life.

Weaver, from Los Angeles, can be seen in the recently released films 6 MONTH RULE and FAVOR. KIRTON can be seen in the film THE PARDON. New York City based Guy previously appeared in The Rep's production of GOD OF CARNAGE.

Memoir

DigiFest South Press Event


Opportunities...


Monday, May 6, 2013

Artist One Stop Classes: Sign up today

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, May 3, 2013

Interns & Volunteers get the opportunity to help


One of the great things (and sometimes not so great things) about working for a smaller Arts Council is that rely on our interns and community volunteers to help us achieve our goals.  Yesterday I was reminded about why I love that fact so much.  Artist Alan Dyson is currently exhibiting in our Emerging Artist Gallery (although I would hardly call his career emerging) by utilizing the intimate space to construct an installation piece.  When he stopped by to arrange details with our Gallery Coordinator, Steven Belk, he mentioned that he might need a few hands.  We contacted our interns and the head of our Gallery Committee, Rachul McClintic (who is a wonderful artist).

Alan was gracious enough to allow both our Theatre interns, Jessica Clements
and Kayla Johnson, to lend a hand.  He more than utilized their help he instructed and explained his process .  I loved the sharing that happens and I love that our artists (I am partial when they are in our space and claim them as such) are willing to not only engage the community with their art work but engage them as participants.

I am also glad that we have a Gallery Committee chair who is a volunteer from the community who was so willing and eager to give of her time yesterday.

So today I am beyond glad that our small staff size challenges us to engage our community on a different level other than just consumer.  And I am proud to live in a place that has community members so willing to participate.  Thank you Alan, Rachul, Jessica, and Kayla.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

You can support local students by attending their exhibitions here at the Bossier Arts Council. Students are invited to use the annex to showcase their work.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DAF Grant Available...Read here for more information


The Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program provides a system for funding arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state.  Funds are provided to each parish on a per capita basis utilizing the most recent census figures.  As applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish, decisions about cultural priorities are made locally.     

The Louisiana Division of the Arts disburses the funds to eight Regional Development Agencies, (RDA) which in turn regrant those dollars to parishes in their region.  A Community Development Director administers each region.   The Director identifies arts-sponsoring organizations and provides them with advice and assistance in developing arts programming.  In addition, two Local Regranting Agencies service individual parishes within two of the regions. 

The Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program (DAF), initiated in 1995, makes the arts available in all areas of the state by giving artists, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and local government agencies in each parish the opportunity to develop arts programs that meet their local needs. 

 The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is designed to:

1       Allocate fifty percent of the Louisiana Division of the Arts legislative appropriation on a per capita basis. 
2        Expand efforts to make the arts accessible to all parishes in Louisiana. 
3  Award grants to organizations located within the parish for which funds are designated.

The goals of the Decentralized Arts Funding Program are to:
1        Strengthen arts organizations.
2   Encourage professional artists to undertake projects that have meaningful community involvement and build audiences for the arts.
3    Encourage a variety of nonprofit organizations to sponsor arts and cultural activities including classical, contemporary and traditional arts in eight artistic disciplines within the parish funded.
4        Leverage additional local support for the arts.
5        Provide arts activities to groups which have had limited arts experiences.
6        Provide funding for arts and cultural activities that are open to the public.
Introduce the grants process and develop grant-writing skills

For more information on Bossier Arts Council and DAF grants click here.