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Friday, January 31, 2014

Coming soon to the Emerging Artist Gallery

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present the art of Bonnie Ferguson. The show will hang in the Emerging Art Gallery. The gallery hours of operation are 11am to 5pm, Tuesday-Saturday Come meet Bonnie on Saturday, February 8th form 2-4pm. Bonnie Ferguson grew up nestled in the countryside of North Louisiana. Having parents that encouraged her to make art, her creativity grew from an early age. At sixteen, she was the youngest artist juried into the Piney Hills Gallery in Ruston, La. She later attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 2012.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Artist One Stop


Assemble Gallery Packets: (Saturday, February 1st, 1-3pm) You've got all the components of a Gallery Packet let's work on getting them assembled in an attractive packaging.  Learn the best way to organize your information to make you more appealing to potential exhibitions spaces.  Must have Artist Statement, Biography, Resume, CD of images, and price/image list for help in developing these items please contact us to set up a one on one appointment. Space is limited so call 318-741-8310 to register or email Leigh Anne at leigh@bossierarts.org.   For a complete listing of classes click here.  The Artist One Stop is sponsored in part by a generous contribution from Marcy Everett.  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Coming soon to East Bank Gallery

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present the art of the Creative Art Connection's winter juried show beginning on February 1 through March 29 with an opening reception on Saturday February 8, 2-4pm. The Creative ART Connection is a non-profit organization whose purpose it is to stimulate cultural development in the Bossier City community by providing activities and an outlet for the talents of all craftsmen in the field of fine arts. The Gallery is located at 630 Barksdale Blvd. and the hours of operation are 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. The East Bank Gallery is sponsored in part by a donation from Airline Plaza.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Artini Restaurant

 
Be sure to join us Thursday, January 30th at Abby Singer's Bistro at 5:30 pm and Friday, January 31st at The Boot at 7pm.  These are a great way to thank our restaurant participants and we hope to see you there!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Shreveport Writers Club

The Shreveport Writers Club meets the first Saturday of every month from 10:30 - 12:30
 in the Bossier Arts Council Annex (630 Barksdale Blvd)  All writers are welcome!.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

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. This January bring boxes of MARKERS! 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, January 25, 2014

BAC Member Highlight

BAC Member Chris Opp just finished working on the Viking Mural at Airline High School.  Be sure to drive on by and take a look at this wonderful piece of art!  To learn more about how you can get the talented Mr. Opp click here.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Artist One Stop Class

  
Assemble Gallery Packets: (Saturday, February 1st, 1-3pm) You've got all the components of a Gallery Packet let's work on getting them assembled in an attractive packaging.  Learn the best way to organize your information to make you more appealing to potential exhibitions spaces.  Must have Artist Statement, Biography, Resume, CD of images, and price/image list for help in developing these items please contact us to set up a one on one appointment. Space is limited so call 318-741-8310 to register or email Leigh Anne at leigh@bossierarts.org.   For a complete listing of classes click here.  The Artist One Stop is sponsored in part by a generous contribution from Marcy Everett.  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

ARTini Tickets On Sale!

Artini Tickets on Sale
Shake in a little imagination, stir in a lot of creativity, and mix in some friendly competition.  The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is gearing up for the 5th Annual ARTini Party.  ARTini is live music, visual art, signature martinis, and socializing served with a twist.  This year's event will be held at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, on March 15, 2014 at 7pm, and will feature 15 area restaurants and music from Super Water Sympathy.  Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door.  For more information or to purchase tickets call 318-741-8310 or purchaseonline here. Don't forget our friends at iShuttle will be available for pickup and rides home forFREE.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Meet our Intern!

  
 
The Bossier Arts Council couldn't be a success without our very helpful High School and College interns.  This week we want to give a big shout out to Kevin Stokes.  Thanks for all your work! Be sure to stop by the Arts Council to meet Timothy and all of our wonderful interns!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Coming to the BAC's East Bank Gallery

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present the art of the Creative Art Connection beginning on February 1 through March 29 with an opening reception on Saturday February 8, 2-4pm.  The Gallery is located at 630 Barksdale Blvd. and the  hours of operation are 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.



The Creative ART Connection is a non-profit organization whose purpose it is to stimulate cultural development in the Bossier City community by providing activities and an outlet for the talents of all craftsmen in the field of fine arts. The Creative Art Connection shall encourage the production of creative work and the appreciation of art in order to widen the vision of the individual and to enrich the moral and spiritual life of the community




The East Bank Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made possible through the generous donation of the Airline Plaza.  For more information on this artist or the Bossier Arts Council please call, (318)741-8310 or check out our website www.bossierarts.org

BAC'S Gallery Fine Art Center Presents The Art of Steve zihlavsky

BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center presents the art of Julie Crews, John Wagoner and Steve Zihlavsky.  The Show will be from February 1-April 30 with an opening reception on February 25, 5:30-7:30 at 2151 Airline Drive, suite 1200, Bossier City, Louisiana.  The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00pm.


About Steve:


Stained Paper Towel Window
Travels in his youth between his birthplace in California, his parents birthplace in Michigan, and where the family eventually settled in Louisiana gave plenty of scenic inspiration to Steve Zihlavsky as a child, especially the great many state and national parks he visited; Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Redwood, Seguaro, Sequoia, Yellowstone, and Yosemite to name a few as of age four. Although a creations' natural beauty is among his favorite expressions in art, he knew he could never improve on perfection, and so, leans toward the expression of thought and quirks unusual in much of his work.

Music and art were always commonplace in the Zihlavsky home, both parents playing multiple instruments, singing and a variety of artistic talents as well. Art was encouraged at an early age, but each of the children were allowed to express themselves however they chose. Being poor allowed only so much in the way of artistic supplies, this is where Steve excelled in creativity and ingenuity. Paper, cardboard, glue, pencils, crayons and the like were always readily available, and, he made the most of them, as well anything else he could repurpose. The late Mrs. Virginia Strahan, Steves' 7th grade art teacher was likely the most influential force in his youth, as she inspired him and educated him in numerous genres of art, and even unbeknownst to him, submitted his art in a contest at the local library which, after winning several 1st and 2nd place ribbons, gave him the goad to continue pursuing his passion.

Emerging to the professional art scene, Steve has only participated in regional (Northwest Louisiana) art shows and events such as Artini with the Bossier Arts Council, the Fine Arts Market on the Bossier Boardwalk, Art Walk at Villaggio, and the Spring Arts Festival in Minden, LA. He has produced and collaborated on several murals in private homes, and as contract labor with Alice Bahler on the Tourist Bureau Welcome Center mural in downtown Shreveport, LA.

Recently his art was part of 'Bona Fide 2' and 'Critical Mass' at ArtsSpace in Shreveport, Louisiana, and for the grand opening of Central Art Station, the new home of Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Private collections account for most of his sales, but much more can be seen on his facebook page: Steve Zihlavsky – Artist.
 In Steve's own words:
"I make things.

It can be a crystal clear vision that inspires or an incendiary desire to make without any idea where to start, be complete in a day, or take months, years, decades to find the end. Each of my creations are cared for as a child, including getting occasional bumps, bruises, and discipline and, just the right attention. I put no date on most anymore, for so many of them gestate for lengths of time unknown, and I do not recall when the inception began.

I almost exclusively use found items, job site refuse, trash and reclaimed materials, partly to keep such out of the landfills, but mostly because I see the continued usefulness of them to pretty up the world we live in. It is a lot more labor using these materials than pristine items from the art store, but gives me hope that even the worst of who we are and what we make on this planet can be improved on, rejuvenated, and maximized. Our disposable society may see little or no use for what it chucks to the curb but, if possible, I and artists like myself hope to change that.

I'm not attempting to make a statement with my art – there is no political or environmental agenda – but I do want people to know what it is they discard, often, has great potential, especially in the wasteful world we live in. I leave the mill marks and rust on reclaimed wood and metal or, otherwise allow the obviously discarded character of my materials to shine through with its' own beauty or story. This is one of many facets of my art and why I make it using the materials I do.

There is no end to that which inspires me and, until I'm out of my mind or breath, I'll continue with the making of things." -Steve Zihlavsky

The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made possible through the generous contributions of Meredith Hamrick, Ken and Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett and the Airline Plaza.  For more information on these artists, the Bossier Arts Council and the Gallery Fine Art Center please call (318) 741-8310 or check out out website, www.bossierarts.org

BAC's Emerging Artist Gallery Presents The Art of Bonnie Ferguson





The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present the art of Bonnier Ferguson.  The show will hang in the Emerging Art Gallery from February
1-April 30.  The gallery hours of operation are 11am to 5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

 About Bonnie-

Bonnie Ferguson grew up nestled in the countryside of North Louisiana. Having parents that encouraged her to make art, her creativity grew from an early age. At sixteen, she was the youngest artist juried into the Piney Hills Gallery in Ruston, La. She later attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 2012.
                She now lives in Ruston with her husband and child, and is the owner/operator of Pastry Moon, a store in the downtown area that supports and exhibits local artists as well as her own art. She makes a variety of things: paintings, drawings, natural soap, hats, scarves, plus anything and everything that catches her fancy.  
                Ferguson has a fascination with alternative home building and plans to construct a recycled natural house in the coming years. 

In her own words- 


"I make art because I always have. I started sewing as a toddler, I drew figure skating costumes and ballerina ball gowns as a child, and started painting as a tween. I began teaching myself needlework as teenager, and eventually studied painting and printmaking in college. As an adult, art has been a coping mechanism, a tool for personal development, and a means to make ends meet.

Currently, I am dealing with a perpetual feeling of ‘nesting’. I want to build a recycled home. The work that I am producing is a result of this obsession, and is a reflection of the hours I’ve spent researching natural building, permaculture gardening, and all that would be involved in this ‘new’ form of ‘old fashioned’ homesteading.

When contemplating this lifestyle, I believe the most difficult part for me has been to let go of preconceived notions of comfort and worth. The magical element is finding truth in simplicity, beauty in the mundane and discarded, and pure joy in the majesty and chaos of nature.

True to the nature of a recycling artist, I do what I can with what I have. This means that my work may not always match. Sometimes, I have oil paints. Other times, I am limited to pen & paper. The mediums come and go, each a blessing that I struggle to utilize in the most effect and worthwhile way."- Bonnie Ferguson

The Emerging Artist Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made possible through the generous donation of the Airline Plaza.  For more information on this artist or the Bossier Arts Council please call, (318)741-8310 or check out our website www.bossierarts.org

BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center Presents The Art of John Wagoner



BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center presents the art of Julie Crews, John Wagoner and Steve Zihlavsky.  The Show will be from February 1-April 30 with an opening reception on February 25, 5:30-7:30 at 2151 Airline Drive, suite 1200, Bossier City, Louisiana.  The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00pm.




About John:





John C. Wagoner is an Art Instructor at Bossier Parish Community College and currently resides in Shreveport, LA.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI.

He has previously worked as a mountmaker for Sanders Museum Services in museums nationwide making specialized artifact mounts and custom made museum exhibits.  He has been teaching at the college level at various institutions for over five years. Institutions include: Kendall College of Art and Design, Lake Michigan Community College, Cornell College and Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  He has also taught Continuing Education art courses at Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana State University in Shreveport.    

Within the past year he has juried the 92nd Annual Judged Exhibition for the Shreveport Art Club at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, and exhibited at artspace (Bonafide & Critical Mass 2), Bossier Parish Community College, Louisiana Community and Technical College System Office in Baton Rouge, LA and donated artwork to the Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting for their annual fundraising event, Art & Travel Auction.

He has exhibited his works online and nationwide in New York, Michigan, Iowa, Louisiana and overseas in Florence, Italy.  His full exhibition record and additional information can be viewed at madeoutofpaint.com or you can visit facebook.com/madeoutofpaint.
Mona Lisa
John's philosophy on his work-

I deny my artwork as sculptures but define them as three-dimensional paintings, as these objects are entirely made out of the medium of paint. I challenge the notion of what painting is and where it could end.

Leonardo Da Vinci wrote the Treatise in Painting, and one part was mostly concerned with a debate at that time of which art was the most superior: sculpture or painting?  Da Vinci discussed which medium trumped the other and he declared painting the victor.  However, with technology over the decades people in the art world have claimed that 'painting is dead' and we start to see this debate again, which is the most superior?

Within my work we see that painting has revived itself to evolve/adapt to our time and has begun to take over different mediums along with providing a social commentary.  The idea of paint evolving or adapting off of the canvas and into the third dimension can be seen as a ‘takeover’ on various media to survive in a world where fine art seems to be fleeting.

This particular series has taken on another proclaimed dead format found in photography – the Polaroid.  There is now a blending of painting, sculpture and photography all in one, but still consisting of pure acrylic paint. 

Within the ubiquitous white frame, I have created a wide range of imagery.  These images consist of non-objective paintings, familiar scenes from art history and even local areas.  Polaroids are seen as once forgotten memories or moments that are frozen in time.  By making the Polaroids out of paint, I am resuscitating another dying form in order for it to come back to life.  This is similar to how these paintings are evolving from the second dimension and pushing itself into the third dimension with whatever means possible – this time it just happens to be in the form of the dying Polaroid. This is just another continuation of the paint ‘takeover’ and leaves us to question, “What defines a painting?”-John Wagoner


 The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made possible through the generous contributions of Meredith Hamrick, Ken and Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett and the Airline Plaza.  For more information on these artists, the Bossier Arts Council and the Gallery Fine Art Center please call (318) 741-8310 or check out out website, www.bossierarts.org

BAC'S Gallery Fine Art Center Presents The Art of Julie Crews


BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center presents the art of Julie Crews, John Wagoner and Steve Zihlavsky.  The Show will be from February 1-April 30 with an opening reception on February 25, 5:30-7:30 at 2151 Airline Drive, suite 1200, Bossier City, Louisiana.  The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00pm.



About Julie:


Julie Crews is an oil painter. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and her painterly work bespeaks an ability to find beauty in the mundane and surprise in the repetitious.

In 2007 she received her Associate degree in Illustration from Brigham Young University- Idaho and in 2008 she had her first solo exhibit in Salt Lake City. She has since been included in several National Juried Exhibitions and was chosen as a Louisiana Public Broadcasting Patron Artist in 2011.

She lives and in Northern Louisiana with her husband and four children and continues to show her work nationally. 
Inlet


In Julies own words:

"My work concentrates on the very scenes of domestic life that take me away from painting. It seems natural to integrate the roles I have as artist, wife and mother in the studio, though my intent is not to create nostalgic tomes of motherhood. Nor is it to idealize or glorify my role in the home. Rather, to provide the viewer an intimate glimpse into my personal life. Some scenes of domesticity require self-portrayal; others are simply familiar scenes of my daily dealings.
-Take turns.
-Read the instructions.
-Don't eat paste.

As in life, there are rules. I am careful to adhere to the principles of good design, however, I am inherently a rule breaker and am bound to push the limitations of my current skill level and challenge the tendencies of my past work.

 I believe I land somewhere in the middle of the art continuum. One end advertises “challenging concepts with innovative use of materials” and at the other: “pretty pictures”. My challenging concept is happiness in the home, and choosing to see a beautiful life amidst the mundane. And I choose it even if that means my “pictures” end up being “pretty”."-Julie Crews 



The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made possible through the generous contributions of Meredith Hamrick, Ken and Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett and the Airline Plaza.  For more information on these artists, the Bossier Arts Council and the Gallery Fine Art Center please call (318) 741-8310 or check out out website, www.bossierarts.org

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Update from One Stop

 
Our One Stop Pinterest Class was a success ! 5 new Pinterest accounts created & each participant learned how to utilize social media tools to promote their special talents or businesses! Don't forget we offer one-on-one appointments call us at 741-8310 to get one set up! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Artini Restaurant Appreciation!

Be sure to join us Tuesday, January 21st at Cane's (Airline Drive. Bossier City) for Artini Restaurant Appreciation Lunch and Thursday, January 23rd at The Great Raft Brewing (1251 Dalzell, Shreveport, Louisiana 71103) for Artini Restaurant Appreciating Night!  Restaurant Appreciation is an opportunity for the Artini Committee Members, members of the Bossier Arts Council, attendees of Artini 2014, and any other interested participant to extend appreciation for their involvement in Artini. By coming to R.A night you are able to meet people attending Artini 2014, support a local business, and help create successful marketing exposure. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Opportunity for Vocalists!

Semi-professional vocal ensemble to hold auditions

Bossier City - Shreveport-Bossier’s first semi-professional chorus, the Prísma Vocal Ensemble, will be holding auditions from6-9 p.m. Jan. 12 at Asbury United Methodist Church located at 3200 Airline Drive in Bossier City. Auditionees are asked to bring a solo piece of their choosing. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions will also include basic vocalization, group sight-reading, and assessment of vocal blend. The Prísma Vocal Ensemble is coming off a busy fall semester finishing with a concert that featured the group, boasting over 900 in attendance.

The spring semester will see Prísma collaborating with the Robinson Film Center, providing live music for a screening of the silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc”. This concert will take place March 6 at the Robinson Film Center and will be a meaningful way to begin the season of Lent. In April, Prísma will be working with the Shreveport Opera as the core of the chorus for the Opera’s production of Puccini’s beloved masterpiece, “Turandot.”

The Prísma Vocal Ensemble is founded by Adam Philley, conductor, and Costas Dafnis, composer-in-residence. Philley has recently returned to Shreveport after attaining his Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the advisement of Dr. Peter Eklund and Dr. Therees Hibbard. Costas Dafnis is a rising composition star in the choral world receiving commissions and winning competitions across the globe. His compositions can be found published through both Walton Music and Noisi Paintr. These two have a strong Shreveport connection as they are both alumna of Centenary College, having studied under Dr. Julia Thorn.

“We are both very excited to collaborate with two of the most upstanding arts organizations in our area,” said Philley. “These opportunities truly enrich our region as we boast not only a professional opera company and independent film center but can now claim a professional vocal ensemble as well.” “Choral singing has a rich history in our area and it's time we build upward on that foundation, harnessing the power this genre has to move and touch people. We’re passionate about presenting a deep level of musical experience to both singers and audiences in the Ark-La-Tex.”
For more information:                                                                              
Adam Philley, 318-421-0555