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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BAC loooking for a few good.....


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

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, their blog at, or call 318-741-8310.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturdays with James

Saturdays with James.

Today I want to talk about why you should volunteer for Bossier Arts Council’s Annual Digifest South 2012. One of the main reasons is because it is fun. You will meet all kinds of people with creative minds and might be able to strike up some pretty interesting conversations. It will also make you feel good because you are helping out the community in one way or another.

There will be many different ways for you to help with by volunteering for Digifest South 2012. Below are just a few examples:

·       One way is the Front Desk. Here you will help check people into the event. Another area of concentration is serving as a greeter and guide. You will be at one of the main doors of either Hall A or B and greeting people and guiding people to their specific area they ask for.

·       There will also be Floating volunteers who will be assigned to help wherever they are needed.

·       The Art exhibit will needs volunteers for check in, hanging up the art, and taking down of the art at the end of the event.

·       The Game Jam will need volunteers to help who are computer savvy.

·       The Tedx and Phenom Film Festival Hallway will have greeters at the doors and a volunteer checking for Bracelets for the Phenom Film Festival because those individuals are paying a little bit more to get in.

For every Saturday up until Digifest starts, which is September 7th-9th, I will be going more into depth about each of these areas where volunteers will be needed.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for DigiFest, Bossier Arts Council, or any of our upcoming events you can email me (James) at or call 741-8310.

Friday, July 27, 2012

"The Little Brush that Could"-Week 4

Painting or creating art projects with kids (especially the little ones) can get very messy. One way to protect their clothing from permanant stains is to make an artist smock. This is a very simple project that you can fairly quickly.

You will need:

  •  a new shirt or you can "upcycle" an old t-shirt. 1-2 sizes larger than your child
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • Paint (optional)
1.) Cut the shirt straight up the middle of the back and through the neckline.
and then cut off the bottom hem from the shirt and cut into two 12 inch strips.

2.) sew the edges of your strips to the edges of each side of the shirt.

Have your child decorate the t-shirt in any style or leave blank and see what fun "accidents" happen.

BAC to hold DigiFest Forum

The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is gearing up for our fall event DigiFest South an annual digital arts festival, tech expose, and career fair that celebrates how digital technology has combined with artistic creativity to shape our modern society.  The event will include a digital art exhibition by student and independent artists and a career fair featuring the most cutting edge companies and educational institutions in the region. 

To answer questions that artists, companies, or potential volunteers may have about the event BAC will hold a DigiFest Forum on Tuesday, July 31st at 6pm at their headquarters located at 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA.  When asked about the forum Executive Director of BAC Leigh Anne Chambers said “This is a great opportunity to learn more about the event, how you may fit into its mission, and meet other individuals with similar interests.”   Food and drinks will be provided by BAC for the meeting and staff anticipates it should be no longer than an hour and half.

To learn more about the Bossier Arts Council and DigiFest please visit their website at or call them at 741-8310.  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Secrets of an Arts Administrator

Secrets of an Arts Administrator is a weekly blog post written by BAC's Executive Director Leigh Anne Chambers.

Topic: Get on it!!

This blog post is targeted towards all the artists out there who are sitting at home waiting for an opportunity.  I have some bad won't find an opportunity by waiting.  

Anyone who knows me also knows that I am all of the following bossy, nosey, and deeply caring.  When these three are combined (along with a title that makes me feel like its my job) the preaching begins.  Today is one of those days.

Get on it.  Opportunity isn't just knocking its banging down your door (at least at your computer).  So today I would like to give some links to some amazing sites that list opportunities for artists and tell you briefly about an opportunity that BAC is offering.  

First the links

Bossier Arts Council's Newest Opportunity

The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is excited to announce that they are looking for digital artists and designers to participate in their upcoming event DigiFest.  The event which will be held September 7-9th at the Bossier Civic Center (620 Benton Rd.) is aimed at demonstrating 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. 

This call is for any artist, artisan, or designer who utilizes technology in creating art.  This includes but is not limited to graphic design, digital photography, film, animation, and music. 

Artists can participate in two ways by entering our Digital Art Competition and applying to be a Vendor.  Both events will have limited enrollment and all artists are asked to apply before July 31st.  Those interested can learn more information at or by calling BAC’s offices at 741-8310.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Business of Art- Little Expenses

“Beware of little expenses: A small leak will sink a great ship.” - 
Benjamin Franklin

If you are just starting out as an artist, it is important to remember that it
is only a hobby at this stage. This has become an expression of yourself in a very creative form but also another expense.

I completely understand walking into an arts and craft store and being able to spend hours thinking about all of the combinations of colors, brushes, paper, paints and every other tool available but I would not suggest trying everything at once. Start off with one type of paint at a time and really get to know the medium. As you develop yourself as an artist it will become easier to find your niche and work into a routine. This routine will make it easier to plan for future expenses. 

Make creating your artwork into a monthly expense for your family budget. At this stage you are creating at a much faster pace than you are able to sell. It is very important for you to stick to your budget and only spend what you have set aside for your artwork. This practice should extend past the beginning stages of art creation and into your art career so you can easily track the cost of your art when creating a price.
An easy way to track these expenses is in an excel spreadsheet. Excel is a wonderful tool for creating a budget no mater the size of the project. Below is a link on how to start a budget in excel.

Click Here to get started on an excel budget

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Emerging Gallery to Present Neecee Blackwell

The Bossier Arts Council Emerging Artist Gallery is thrilled to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artist Neecee Blackwell.  Her show “Random Acts of Artwork” will feature a variety of styles and subject matters.  Her works will be on display throughout the month of August.

Blackwell is 3rd year Louisiana Tech University Fine Arts major who works in a variety of mediums including photography, oil, and charcoal.  When asked about her work she responded “As long as I can remember, I have always drawn and painted.  While drawing, I began to study light and its effects on my subjects.  Light play and textures intrigue me and I try to render that which is pleasing to my eye.  I attempt to recreate the visual beauty around us – nature, the human body, creatures.  To me, the world is magnificent visual feast, beauty is everywhere.  When I see this beauty, I attempt to capture it, appreciate it and revel in it.  These are very creative and freeing moments for me.  I hope my art will have the same affect on viewers.”

The Emerging Artist Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and 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.

For more information about Neecee Blackwell or the Bossier Arts Council feel free to call us at 741-8310 or visit our website at  

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Job of an Intern

Hi, my name is James Holoubek, I am an Intern at the Bossier Arts Council. A lot of the time people see an internship as an unpaid job that you just file papers, answer the phone, and do bottom of the totem pole tasks. Well that is not the case here.

            So far as the Intern here at the Bossier Arts Council I have been appointed the position of the Volunteer Coordinator of Digifest South 2012 and by far this is not a bottom of the totem pole task. Digifest South 2012 is a Career Fair and Tech Exposition that combines the Art Community and Digital Media World into one place. This is a top priority job. I have to make a poster for distribution, press release to send to the newspaper here in town and come up with nearly 200 volunteers.

            Yes a lot of people who have done internships would probably say that this is too much work for an intern to do with the amount of hours an intern works. I would totally disagree with them. It will be a lot of work but the way I see it the more work you do, the more employers will want you to come work for them. Yes this internship is unpaid but you know what. Employers will see that you put all this work in for no pay and that will make them want you more. Internships are not about getting paid to do them, they are about gaining knowledge of the career field you want to go into in the real world and not just in the classroom.

"The Little Brush that Could"- Week 3

I love summer! I love that the kids are out of school and that we have the freedom to travel. Each year, we take the kids on a two week road trip. The first year we went, they spent most of their time in the car playing with their video games or complaining about the amount of time in the car. It made me so sad that they were missing out on the beautiful scenery and the calmness you feel from just riding in the car.
The next year, I decided to try to engage them with activities that required them to look outside the windows. I bought them each a journal and some disposable cameras. I was amazed at how the trip looked through their eyes. The journals and pictures are a representation of how the kids have matured as individuals, as well as, a scrapbook of our travels. It engages their creativity and their imaginations. They have now graduated to digital cameras, but the journal are still a trip staple.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Secrets of an Arts Administrator

Do you ever get stuck on an idea?  I am talking about that annoying moment when you feel like the answer is right there but just won't surface.  That is exactly how I feel this morning.  

Right now Bossier Arts Council is working on a grant for the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation an organization whose primary mission is to be a catalyst for the development and enhancement of the distinct cultural industries of Louisiana by promoting the economic health and quality of life of our cultural economy workforce.  Sound pretty impressive doesn't it?  That's because this organization is pretty innovative.  

Innovation.  That is the word that has sparked my quest for an idea.  The grant we are working on is about innovation and revenue earning projects.  I've sat here for the past hour thinking about what "innovation" means.  While I don't want my weekly blog posts to turn into vocabulary lessons it hard to avoid the fact that sometimes you may have an idea of the definition of a word but not the true meaning.  So this morning I started with searching about what it means to be "innovative".  I've discovered two things.

  1.  Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of better and, as a result, novel idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself.
  2. Innovation differs from improvement in that innovation refers to the notion of doing something different (Lat. innovare: "to change") rather than doing the same thing better.
What I love about this grant is that it requires and organization to evaluate what they are offering and question if it is truly working.  Is there a better approach or something that I can do better?  Whether or not our project is funded we will come to a better understanding of how we function.  

As artists we often times get caught up in accomplishing our goals and we may not take a moment to stop and question if we might be missing out on a "better way" to express ourselves.  It's important to evaluate our processes and acknowledge the logical side of art.  So today I challenge all our artists to pause and think...even if it's frustrating.  

The Cultural Economy Foundation is currently offering grants to non-profits cultural economy organizations, individual cultural economy workers, and cultural economy small businesses.  If you are any of these people please follow this link for more information.  

East Bank Gallery to present Pascual Alvarado

The Bossier Arts Council East Bank Gallery is thrilled to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artist Pascual Alvarado. His works will be on display at the gallery from July 17th to August 24th.

Alvarado paints vivid oils of flowers and cottage scenes. The bright nature of the work is anything but your typical domestic scenes. When asked about himself and his work Alvarado responded “I am from the state of Zacatecas, Mexico and come from a large and humble family with no formal education. I was the only one in my family who loved art. As a child art really grabbed me. I got the opportunity to come Louisiana when I was 16 years old. Through the years I have continued to develop my passion for art. I met my wife, Yolanda, and we started a family. We have 5 children: Yasahira, Elian, Agustin, Randy, and Shahia. Everything I draw comes from my mind and heart, and more than anything, my mother Tereza encourages me.”

A reception will be held for Alvarado on Saturday, August 11 from 4:00-6:00pm.  We invite everyone to stop by and meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments provided by the Bossier Arts Council.  

The East Bank Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is committed to promoting the art work of regional artists.  BAC's headquarters are located at 630 Barksdale Blvd. right off or I-20.  You can visit the gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm or by appointment.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Business of Art- Photographing Your Work

After the completion of your artwork, the next step should be photographing your work for your records and to create a digital sample of the work for your portfolio.

It has become essential to have digital photographs of your work. They are used in social media, gallery submissions or even to quickly show your artwork to family and friends. For everyday use, the use of a digital camera or phone for photographing your artwork is great!

While most of you do have digital cameras, they alone do not produce the quality image desired for use in an artists’ portfolio. Professional lighting and a blank background are ideal for photographing artwork because it provides even lighting through multiple light sources without a busy background to distract from the piece. It is also helpful at this stage to photograph your work before you frame it as to avoid glare from the glass.

If you do not have access to professional lighting equipment please schedule an appointment with the BAC! We received a grant through the Community Foundation and now offer professional lighting equipment for your use!

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Little Brush That Could- Week 2

“The Little Brush That Could”  Week-2

This is one of those art projects that are perfect for rainy days. 
It is a great way to recycle old puzzles and puzzles that are missing pieces. My son and I made a puzzle frame one day while his big sister was at school.  I remember how excited he was to be able to use the glue all by himself. He worked for hours, finding just the right spot for each puzzle piece. It is one of my most treasured ornaments and it still hangs on my Christmas tree every year.

HINT: Grandmas REALLY like these for their Christmas trees or Mantles!!

What You Need:
  • picture of your child, pet, etc.
  • piece of cardboard (painted), cut 1” larger than picture on all sides
  • puzzle pieces
  • glue
  •  (Optional)magnetic strips or ribbon for hanging                                                                      
 What To Do:
  • Have child glue their picture in the center of the cardboard.
  • Give your child a handful of puzzle pieces.
  • Have the child glue their puzzle pieces around their picture, overlapping as they go until the cardboard is covered. 
  • Let Dry