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Saturday, November 30, 2013

@ Gallery Fine Art Center



The exhibition features art from the following artists: Jerry Berg, Daniel Cassity, Albino Hinjosa, Talbot Hopkins and Peter Jones.  The show will be on exhibition until the end of January.  The Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Dr.) is openTuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm or by special appointment.
 

The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and made possible by the generous donations of Meredith Hamrick, Sharon and Ken McGivney, Marcy Everett and The Airline Plaza. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

On display @1800 Prime

Artist Adrian Dean Gipson.  

Gipson artwork will be on display at Boomtown's 1800 Prime until the end of January.  Be sure to swing by and enjoy a delicious meal by Chef Ryan and enjoy Adrian's work!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hanging @ CTB!

About the Artist- Mark Merrill 1350 E. 70th St., Shreveport
My work is all created paintings in my own studio using bold strokes and primary colors to develop highly graphic themes of color and movement. I work mainly with acrylics painted on canvas, canvas board, Masonite board, or paper. I do paint with oils however at the present time acrylics are my first choice.
  
About the Artist- Carolyn Pitts 3400 Line Avenue 
Carolyn Pitts is a Louisiana wildlife artists and photographer who lives with her husband in Benton, Louisiana. A wildlife conservationist at heart she specialists in landscapes, wildlife and pet portraits. She fell in love with the outdoors in South Louisiana hunting and fishing with her husband, Jeffrey.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Saturday Speaker Series


A Parking Lot is No Burial Place for a King of England! The (Still) Unfinished Story of Richard III.  

Join us on Saturday, November 30th at 2pm for our monthly literary series featuring
Dr. Cheryl White. Dr. White will be speaking at the Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Dr.) about the recent discovery of the controversial 
fifteenth century monarch Richard III's remains recently uncovered in a parking lot. Richard III was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, is sometimes regarded as the end of the Middle Ages in England. He is the subject of the play Richard III by William Shakespeare.

Dr. Cheryl White is Assistant Professor of European History at LSU in Shreveport. Her primary field of study is late medieval and early modern England. She has published numerous journal articles on Tudor England and is the author of a recently released biography of General Leonidas Polk, Louisiana's Fighting Bishop. Her forthcoming book title is "From Oxford Martyrs to Jesuit Priests: The Anglican Crucible of Fire and Blood, 1553- 1603."

Monday, November 25, 2013

Artist One Stop Class

Did you know you could use Excel for art? BAC will show you the basics of Excel while showing you how to format both an image list and inventory.  Join us on Tuesday, November 26th at 5:30pm at BAC One Stop (630 Barksdale Blvd).  Call 318-741-8310 to register or email Leigh at leigh@bossierarts.org

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Senior Project Exhibition Tonight!

Upcoming Senior Project Exhibition

It's Senior project time again and Robin Jones's mentee, Branden James has been hard at work. Come by and show your support on Tuesday, November 19th 6-8pm in our Annex, by purchasing some wonderful student artwork. All Proceeds will benefit the Providence House. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Collectively Hunting: BAC's Yard Sale



Who doesn't love a good yard sale? Especially if it helps support your local community, right? The Bossier Arts Council is having its first Yard Sale on Saturday, November 23rd @ 10:00am – 1:00pm. It will be located at Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, LA 71111 on the south end of the building in the back parking lot. You do not want to miss out on this event. All proceeds will go to Bossier Arts Council and their mission to promoting, supporting, and providing cultural events and programming in order to enhance the quality of life, and to develop a cultural identity for Bossier Parish. For any additional information, please contact Katie Lejeune by email at katie@bossierarts.org, or 318-741-8310.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Getting Inspired for the Holiday Shopping Hunt


 

Just around the corner from Louisiana Boardwalk, inside the brick walls of the Bossier Arts Council there is a small quaint gift shop that is home to many unique knick knacks, and lively little collectibles. As the shopping days approach, the hunt for the perfect gifts is becoming a higher priority on our lists. On Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30p.m to 7:30p.m we would like to invite you to our Gift Shop Open House.  It is a perfect opportunity to get away from the ordinary retail chaos and check out unique gifts. While browsing the modernized gift shop, one can also enjoy two different art exhibitions that are on display at the East Bank Gallery. For those in attendants, one-hundred dollar gift basket will be raffled off; there will be Santa photo props for the whole family, and a hot chocolate bar. Admission is free and the open house will be located at 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, LA.  Come celebrate with us while supporting local artists, and picking out the perfect gift for the perfect people. For any additional information, please contact Katie Lejeune by email at katie@bossierarts.org, or 318-741-8310.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Art of Carolyn Pitts Featured at Community Trust Bank

Stop by and see the gorgeous wildlife photography and paintings by Carolyn Pitts. There are plenty of tigers for LSU fans! The show will run through the month of November.
Carolyn Pitts is a Louisiana wildlife artists and photographer who lives with her husband in Benton, Louisiana. A wildlife conservationist at heart she specialists in landscapes, wildlife and pet portraits. She fell in love with the outdoors in South Louisiana hunting and fishing with her husband, Jeffrey.
It is through Pitts' persona...l travels and experiences that she is able to bring such beauty and depth to her paintings. She has traveled as far as the South Louisiana wetlands, to the Ozark Mountains, Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Montana, Yellowstone National Park, East and West Coast in the United States collecting information and observing wildlife for her references for her paintings. Her travels has also, taken her to England and Kruger National Park and Tshuksudu Game Reserve in South Africa. Pitts experiences in the wild, observing wildlife in its natural environment, capturing rare moments with her photography and paintings brings her great artistic motivation. She enjoys sharing the beauty of nature and the sense of freedom with others through her photographs and paintings.
Among the techniques Pitts use are oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic. She has studied under wildlife artist John Seerey - Lester, Kobus Moller, Don Edwards, Corey Carlson, Allan Flattman, Virginia Vaughn, Kitty Wallis,Mike Windberg, Dalhart Windberg and Morgan Samuel Price.

The Art of Mark Merrill featured at Community Trust Bank




 



Stop by sometime during the month of November to the Community Trust Bank and enjoy the art of Mark Merrill. The bank is located at 1350 E 70th St, Shreveport, LA






About Mark-
My work is all created paintings in my own studio using bold strokes and primary colors to develop highly graphic themes of color and movement. I work mainly with acrylics painted on canvas, canvas board, Masonite board, or paper. I do paint with oils however at the present time acrylics are my first choice.

After following a successful career as a businessman I started late as a self-taught painter. I rarely use pictures as a guide but rather I paint from memory and feelings of the moment. My main concerns are colors, shape, technique, proportion and most importantly, the relationships to color and movement. My first juried art show was “The Main Street Art Festival” in April 2004.





Tuesday, November 12, 2013

GFAC Featured Artist!

Right now hanging at the Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Dr. Suite 1200) is 21st Century: 5 Degrees of Realism.  The show will be on display until the end of January.  The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm.

Meet Daniel Mark Cassity


Born March 3rd 1965, I grew up in northeastern Louisiana where I cultivated two persistent themes: a love of nature, and an unquenchable need to make things. Simply put, I receive satisfaction by pursuing any number of projects.                       
    
My earliest “formal” painting, a long-lost landscape in acrylic, was attempted around age seven. Later, in my early teens, I received private instruction from Anne Goss Nelson of Bastrop, LA who challenged my perceptual rendering with the “paint what you see" notion, introducing color theory with oil, watercolor, and pastel. Validation followed with the winning of local art competitions, beginning around age 13/14. Accelerated Public School programs accepted me, as did a summer retreat for young art students and musicians, and though I have never considered myself an adequate student, I was of course, absorbing bits here and there. Honing technical skills in my own time, my artistic interest gained momentum, just as my abilities gained further recognition.
     
A B.F.A. was next; at Louisiana Tech University, I initially studied Design and Watercolor, then Graphic Design/Illustration (the highlight of which was acceptance into the Society of Illustrators’ 1986 Annual Scholarship Competition and Exhibition in NY) before committing fully to Fine Art. These were fruitful exploratory years, and so it was with the intent to teach that I arrived at East Carolina University for postgraduate studies in the fall of 1988.   
     
In the early nineties my desire to teach waned, and so I withdrew from graduate school after two years to self-educate and attempt an independent career. I consigned paintings to galleries while continuing to exhibit in competitions and engage commission opportunities, a highlight of which was working on location on St. Thomas and St. John U.S.V.I. in 1993. I have sold fine art to such corporations as The News Star World of Monroe, LA, Pepsi Bottling Co. and Burroughs-Wellcome of Greenville, NC, the M.C.V. hospital of Richmond, VA, and Atlanta Foods International. I have also freelanced murals and architectural finishes in such prominent eastern NC homes as Parker and Becky Overton of Overton’s Sporting Goods. 
     
In 2009 I returned to Louisiana after twenty years in North Carolina, initially producing murals within Shreveport. In addition to various national and regional exhibitions, in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 I placed as a finalist in The Artist's Magazine's Annual Competitions in the Still Life category, being featured as a Competition Spotlight in the 2011 July/August issue. In the summer of 2011 I was selected to produce NEA funded Temporary Art Installations for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Also In 2011 I was accepted into the International Guild of Realism: later participating in their 8th Annual Juried Exhibition of 2013. I joined Oil Painters of America in 2012: being selected for the OPA National Exhibition, Salon Show, and Eastern Regional in 2013. I was also accepted as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon of 2012/2013.
     
In 2013 I was featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s August issue as an "Artist to Watch", and in American Art Collector Magazine 96’s October issue promoting the International Guild of Realism’s 8th Annual Exhibition, and the Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional. In 2014, I will participate in a traveling museum exhibition American Still Lifes slated to open that spring, and will also have a still life feature article in The Artist’s Magazine that Fall.  I currently have Gallery representation with Artifacts of Eureka Springs, AR. 
     
In the fall of 2013 I moved to Hot Springs, AR fully pursuing my still lifes, complimented by occasional plein air landscape painting. My “Kingdom” series of still lifes continues to gain notice on an ever widening scale - inviting viewers into my imaginary world - complimented by written text “Tales from The Kingdom” to be found on my website DanielMarkCassity.com. My studio interests also include songwriting/recording, and short story writing; visiting these side projects greatly informs my Painting Studio, as is evidenced in my increased use of symbolism, story, and suggestion. 
     
And so with my interest as my compass, I move ever forward, for from my perspective "an Artist is an unstoppable force of nature – a particular genetic collision driven to produce – no matter what obstacles arise."

Monday, November 11, 2013

Upcoming One Stop Class

Did you know you could use Excel for art? BAC will show you the basics of Excel while showing you how to format both an image list and inventory.  Join us on Tuesday, November 26th from 5:30-7:30pm.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Project Art Supply!! Give Today!


Project Art Supplies is an ongoing effort to put Art Supplies in the hands of Bossier students. Please continue to support this effort by dropping off supplies to the Bossier Arts Council at 630 Barksdale Blvd Bossier City, LA 71111.   We will focus on a different artist medium every two weeks. First up is colored pencils! While you are out shopping, stop by the school supply section of your favorite store and grab a box of colored pencils. Who knows- maybe they will end up in the hands of the next Picasso! To donate click here

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Get Ready for WAM

Bossier arts Council and Boomtown's 1800 Prime Steakhouse Present, Wine, Art and Music, Featuring the art of, 
Adrian Gibson. 


Bossier City, Louisiana- November 14, 2013 - The Bossier Arts Council and Boomtown Casino's 1800 Prime Steakhouse present WAM featuring the art of Adrian Gibson. Please join us for gourmet food, wine pairings, art and music on November 14 from 5:30-7:30. 

Gipson is a graduate from Louisiana Tech's Master of Fine Arts program and currently teaches for Ouachita Talented Arts Program. When asked about his work Gipson responded "The main concept of my artwork is centered on our abilities to solve problems through reduction. In the work, I use geometric and organic forms. The geometric forms represent man-made objects. The organic forms represent natural objects. I use these forms to depict analogies between natural and manmade objects. Growing up, I spent my summers working for my Dad on his brick crew during the week, and practicing music with him on the weekends. In both cases I learned to reduce complex information down to simple patterns and rhythms."

To learn more about the Bossier Arts Council and their programming visitwww.bossierarts.org.

Admission is $20, must be 21.

Friday, November 8, 2013

One Stop Class Tomorrow

All classes are free with a Bossier Arts Council Membership $25.  Memberships are good for 12 months from the date paid.  Classes are held in the Artist One Stop at BAC (630 Barksdale Blvd.)  Call 318-741-8310 or email Leigh Anne at leigh@bossierarts.org today to register. 


November
Artist Resume: (Saturday 9th, 1-3pm) Everyone needs one!  Learn the different ways to
organize your successes in an easy (and attractive looking) document.  We’ll also cover
formatting in Word.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Note from Shreveport Writers Club

Since 1935, Shreveport Writers Club has been a support group for writers. SWC includes writers from all stages of life in all genres and styles of writing. Many of us are published authors, and others simply enjoy sharing their thoughts in written form with other people who love words.

We meet every 1st Saturday of the month from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the BAC (630 Barksdale Blvd) Annex, and we welcome guests.

Feel free to check out our club at a regular meeting or at any of our online sites:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Meet Jess Van Alstyne: Emerging Artist Feature

Jess Van Alstyne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Louisiana Tech University in the spring of 2013. Her artwork has been exhibited at both the Mary Wilfred Moffett Gallery and the Enterprise Center Gallery in Ruston, Louisiana, and the Downstairs
Gallery in Monroe, Louisiana. She is also a member of the Society for Photographic Education, and has received two scholarships to attend both a regionaland national conference. Van Alstyne has also worked as a Photo Editor for her school’s campus newspaper, The Tech
Talk, and interned for Jennifer Robison Photography in Shreveport, Louisiana and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council in Ruston, Louisiana. She has also done some graphic design and advertising for Nader’s Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana. Van Alstyne enjoys making work that explores the female form and psyche, as well as the relationships women have with others, with spaces, and with themselves.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pastel Society Hanging in East Bank Gallery

The Shreveport Pastel Society is currently on exhibition in BAC's East Bank Gallery.  Here is a note from one of their members Barbara Rushing. 

"We organized the Shreveport Pastel Society after a workshop with Mr. Alan Flattmann of New Orleans, a nationally known pastelist in 2005.  He has written two book on Pastels.  Many of our members have taken workshops with other nationally recognized pastelists, as Bob Rohm, Kitty Wallis (who markets one of our favorites--Wallis Pastel Paper), Maggie Price, Elaine Leedy, Susan Ogilvite, etc. Most of us paint in other media as oils, watercolors, and acrylics and are members of other organizations as Shreveport Art Club, Hoover Watercolor Society, Woodlands and Conroe Art Leagues, TX, etc.

At the moment we have 16 members active; and 8 on the inactive list.  We subscribe to Pastel Journal, The Artist Magazine, The Artist Magazine UK, Southwest Art, Art of the West, etc.

We do not have competitions; we do not put limitations on the artists as to size and subject matter.  We like to
paint as individual artists and show our work for sale.  We use Soft Pastels, in various brands, such as Unison, Schminke for soft, Rembrandt, Grumbacher, American Journey, for medium, and Nu-pastels for hard.  Most of us start with hard, move to medium and then to soft for lights.  Various techniques are used with underwashes in watercolor, draw with charcoal, or blue pastel pencil; some spray or not; and some use clear fixative to darken or not. Some use odorless turp for washes.  Some of use Wallis paper, others prepare our surfaces with pumice and gesso, both on paper and boards.  We love Carb-Othello pastel pencils.


We generally do 3 or 4 shows per year in various venues, such as East Bank Gallery-Bossier, The Glen, Heritage Manor, Blue Moon Gallery--Magnolia, AR, libraries, etc.  Many of us have web sites to view and sell our art work. Some use facebook pages to show their work.

We have some who do portraits on commission and those who paint landscapes, still life, wild life, animals, birds, etc.  Some do animal portraits on commission.

We have a membership application form and we vote on new members with the submission of that and 3 digital photos sent to BRushing3@comcast.net.  We have about one meeting per year.

Pastel painting is our passion!!!! "

Please stop by during the month of November and check out this engaging show!  The East Bank Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center Presents a Realist Exhibition Featuring the Art of Jerry Berg, Daniel Cassity, Albino Hinojosa,  Talbot Hopkins, and Peter Jones.

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present a realist exhibition at the Gallery Fine Arts Center, 2151 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana. The Exhibition will begin on November 2-February 1 with an opening reception on November 7 from 5:30-7:30. The exhibition will feature art from the following artists: Jerry Berg, Daniel Cassity, Albino Hinjosa, Talbot Hopkins and Peter Jones.

The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and made possible by the generous donations of Meredith Hamrick, Sharon and Ken McGivney, Marcy Everett and The Airline Plaza. 

Beth Fisher Art Show-Today at 3pm

BPCC Student, Beth Fisher will be presenting her photography today from 3pm-6pm 
in the annex.
Stop by the Bossier Arts Council 
at 
630 Barksdale Blvd
to show your 
support for this local up and coming artist. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center Presents: Saturday Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Cheryl White


Gallery Fine Art Center, Saturday Speaker Series
November 30, 2013
2-4pm
2151 Airline Drive
Bossier City, Louisiana
free to the public
 
A Parking Lot is No Burial Place for a King of England! The (Still) Unfinished Story of Richard III
Dr. White will be exploring the recent discovery of the remains of one of England's most controversial monarchs, Richard III. 
 
 
Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, is sometimes regarded as the end of the Middle Ages in England. He is the subject of the play Richard III by William Shakespeare.
 
Dr. Cheryl White is Assistant Professor of European History at LSU in Shreveport. Her primary field of study is late medieval and early modern England. She has published numerous journal articles on Tudor England and is the author of a recently released biography of General Leonidas Polk, Louisiana's Fighting Bishop. Her forthcoming book title is "From Oxford Martyrs to Jesuit Priests: The Anglican Crucible of Fire and Blood, 1553- 1603."
 
The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and made possible by the generous donations of Meredith Hamrick, Sharon and Ken McGivney, Marcy Everett and The Airline Plaza.

 

For more information on Cheryl White or the Bossier Arts Council please contact us at 318-741-8310 or check out our website www.bossierarts.org