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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sena McWilliams at Karpales

The Art of Buddy Flett




Buddy Flett

BAC’s Gallery Fine Art Center is proud to present a new series, entitles the Songwriters Circle Series.  The Circle is in the tradition of the Musicians in the Round out of Nashville and will feature up to four singer/songwriters each session.  The series will take place at the Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive in Bossier City.   The first installment will feature popular local musicians, Buddy Flett, Alexandra McCullough, AJ Haynes and Daniel Goodwill on July 12 from 7-9pm.   For more information please contact, Kendra at GFAC, (318)741-9192.

Buddy Flett resides in Shreveport, LA and started his career in 1975 at the legendary Lake Cliff Roadhouse and the infamous Bossier Strip where the likes of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Sr., Gatemouth Brown and Hank Williams, Jr. all performed. Buddy was a founding member of A-Train, a very successful Blues/R&B band during the late 70's and 80's throughout the South.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Happening This Week @ BAC

Wow!  Another week at the Bossier Arts Council and it shows we have no intention on slowing down this summer.  This week we have a variety of different activities to keep you on the go while being in a "cool" space. 

Wednesday, June 26th: One "L" of a Night
Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Drive)
Bossier Arts Council and Landers Fiat Motors is joining forces to celebrate an evening of art, live music, delicious food, and cars!  That's right this Wednesday Landers is giving away a free car for a month.  Be sure to join us at the Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Drive) for live music by Kern Courtney and Nathan Woods.  All projects by the Gallery Fine Art Center are brought to you by generous support of our sponsors Meredith Hamrick, Ken and Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza. 

Saturday, June 29th: Artist One Stop Class Build a Flyer
Bossier Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd)
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.

Saturday, June 29th: Summer Saturday Speaker Series
Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Drive)
BAC is proud to present it's Summer Saturday Speaker Series featuring Pamela Raintree. Mississippi Gulf Coast native Pamela Raintree relocated to Shreveport, La, in 1996, where she ended a career in outdoor advertising, took up writing and began life as a woman. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Art Of: Melba Miller


The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present Melba Miller.  Miller has 25 years’ experience and continues to participate in painting workshops, “The more I learn, the more I want to learn, you never really stop learning,” she continued, “I learned art and the medium doesn’t matter.”  She has a genuine love of art and she appreciates details such as light and color in her work.  Miller is a member of the Shreveport Art Club, the La Society of Animal Artists and the Pastel Society, she has also  won many awards for her work. 

You can see some of Melba’s work currently hanging in Community Trust Bank, 1350 East 70th Street in Shreveport.  The show will hang until the end of August.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Position Open @ BAC

The Bossier Arts Council is currently taking applications for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist position which will be open in August. Bossier Arts Council is a 501c-3 non-profit that serves the community of Bossier Parish in a variety of artistic capacities. 

Applicants should be available to work 25 hours a week Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-4pm and occasional evenings. Qualifications include but are not limited to basic computer skills, familiarity with word processing programs, filing experience, strong customer service skills, strong organizational skills, and ability for light manual labor. Marketing and graphic design experience is a plus. Knowledge and experience in the arts is preferred.

Submit Applications 
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to or by dropping off an application to the Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA.

Salary Details
$7.25-$8.00 an hour

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Alexandra McCullough




Alexandra McCullough

BAC’s Gallery Fine Art Center is proud to present a new series, entitled the Songwriters Circle Series.  The Circle is in the tradition of the Musicians in the Round out of Nashville and will feature up to four singer/songwriters each session.  The series will take place at the Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive in Bossier City.   The first installment will feature popular local musicians, Buddy Flett, Alexandra McCullough, AJ Haynes and Daniel Goodwill on July 12 from 7-9pm.   For more information please contact, Kendra at GFAC, (318)741-9192.

Alexandra is inspired by artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Jack Johnson.

“My style is a balance between catchy rhythms, soulful vocals and meaningful lyrics that encompass everything from blossoming love, to self-revelation and heartbreak.”

Alexandra’s first single, I Love You So is available on iTunes.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Art of: An Interview with Jaime Johnson




Jaime Johnson

An interview with Jaime Johnson.  This past week I had an opportunity to sit down and talk to some of the artists currently on exhibition at the Gallery Fine Art Center show Panchromatic.  The show is up through July 15th and can be viewed Thursday & Friday between 2-6pm and Saturday 11-2pm.  You can also schedule an appointment to view the Gallery by contacting Kendra Thompson at 318-741-9192. When did you decide to become a photographer?

"At 16 I left home to study at the Mississippi School for Math and Science, a two year residential boarding school. At this time, I also got my first camera from my dad, thanks to fluke on the Internet.   The website had a deal:  “save 300 dollars,” essentially the price of the camera.  The order went through though the website took down the offer quickly.  Making images was a constant for me from then onward.  MSMS introduced me to the arts when I took taking painting there and I knew my future would involve working with images in some way.  Studying at Ole Miss for my undergraduate degree. I thought it was a practical route to study Graphic Design. I was in a photo imaging elective during the time the photography professor Brooke White was starting up the Imaging Arts program, which includes photography and video and my switch into that program was instant!  By the time I made it to the end of my BFA degree and knew it was only beginning, which led me to the MFA Photography program at Louisiana Tech.  I am in my last year in the program now and find myself realizing yet again, this is only the beginning!"

What do you find most difficult about it?

"Time is a crucial component in our day to day lives. When I am in the middle of a project or starting something new, I constantly feel like I should be making the next thing.  Sometimes it’s hard to stop thinking about these things when I am attending an art opening or event.  I’m often thinking about what I will do the moment I leave or what I could be doing. On another level, there is the struggle with photography itself often overlooked as an art form.  Sometimes I say I study art and someone asks me, “Oh, what do you paint?”  Usually this happens when I return home or if I am in an area that is not well-versed in the arts, so it’s a good conversation to have, but can be exasperating sometimes!"

If you could meet any artist alive or dead who would it be and why?

 "I would love to meet Robert Adams, an eloquent storyteller through both images and the written word.  You can pick up on who a person is by the work they are making. He has extensive bodies of work and I admire his writing, which is just as beautiful. I am also intrigued by the late Vivan Maier.  Secretive and allusive, she was constantly making photographs but never showed anyone, and that is intriguing. I feel she would have been interesting to sit down with person-to-person, even if I not knowing she was a photographer."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kay Smith

Kay Smith
 An opening reception will be held on June 20th from 5-7pm at Community Trust Bank, Line Avenue Branch.

The Bossier Arts Council is happy to announce that the artwork of Kay Smith will be on display from May through July 2013 at the Line Avenue Branch, 3400 Line Ave., Shreveport, LA 71104.

A native of Arkansas, Kay has always called the Ark LA TEX home. Although having no formal art training, Kay has taken various workshops in oil painting and pastel painting as well as studying under Christie Cassell, a gifted portrait artist in Shreveport. Studying with Christie, Kay gained much knowledge and skill in painting with pastels, mainly learning to paint portraits in pastels. When asked about her artistic side she responded "Pastels, pencil studies and pen and ink are my major focus. My main subject matters are people, animals and landscapes. I enjoy bright colors and am striving to be more impressionistic in my work rather than quite so controlled.

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 Little, Regional President NWLA, EVP. "This also provides an artistic investment in our community by bring the artwork to the people in our community. gifted portrait artist in Shreveport. Studying with Christie, Kay gained much knowledge and skill in painting with pastels, mainly learning to paint portraits in pastels. When asked about her artistic side she responded "Pastels, pencil studies and pen and ink are my major focus. My main subject matters are people, animals and landscapes. I enjoy bright colors and am striving to be more impressionistic in my work rather than quite so controlled."

Monday, June 17, 2013

One "L" of a Night!

The Bossier Arts Council and Landers Fiat are proud to announce One “L” of a Night Wednesday, June 26th from 5:30-7:30 with an evening of live music, fine art, appetizing food, and of course the premier of the Fiat 500L.  This evening is about celebrating the artful beauty of the 50 L which is touted as   “combining standout Italian design and exceptional, everyday functionality”.

Hosted at BAC’s Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Drive, Suite 200) in Bossier City, Landers Fiat is throwing one “L” of a party!  The night will include live music by locals Kern Courtney and Nathan Woods and artwork by five of our regions strongest photographers.  To top it all off Landers Fiat will be giving away a Fiat for a month.  For one month one lucky winner will be cruising through town in this moving piece of “art”. 

David Blumson, General Sales Manager at Landers Fiat when asked about the upcoming event responded “The wait is almost over.  After joining the team at Landers Fiat I was immediately overwhelmed by the curiosity surrounding the launch of the Fiats four door 500L.  The finished product is more than I could have ever expected!  All your questions will be answered June 26th.  Please join us for a night of art, music, and fabulous automobiles”. 

For more information about the event please contact David Blumson at Landers Fiat or the Bossier Arts Council and 318-741-8310One “L” of a Night will be held Wednesday, June 26th from 5:30-7:30pm this event is free in open to the public.  Some restrictions may apply to the winning of the Fiat for a month drawing!!

The Art of: Summer Saturday Speaker Series, featuring Pamela Raintree





BAC’s Gallery Fine Art Center is excited to begin a new Summer Saturday Speaker Series at the Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive, 200, Bossier City.


Our First Speaker is Pamela Raintree, who will be reading excerpts from her memoirs, French Dressing on Saturday, June 29, from 2-4pm

About the Author: Mississippi Gulf Coast native Pamela Raintree relocated to Shreveport, La, in 1996, where she ended a career in outdoor advertising, took up writing and began life as a woman. Since then, she has been an active member of the literary community, having participated in numerous literary events and earning several publishing, as well as editing, credits. Ms. Raintree is a co-founder of, and facilitated the Red River ReWriters (formerly Saturday Poets) critique group. 

Literary Awards: AWC Prose and Erdel Family Memorial Awards (3rd Place). 

Publication Credits: Shreveport Times, Sunday At Four, Links, Electronic Poetry Network, French Dressing: An Autobiographical Blend of Poetry and Prose (self-published book), Inspired By: A Collection of Words (self-published chapbook), Diversity (self-published informational and poetic pamphlet), Gender Lexicon (self-published pamphlet). 

Editorial Credits: About the Rainbow (Shreveport PFLAG newsletter) – 2 years, Handbook For Newborn Adults, © 2000, Michael Barker; Learning Life’s Dance, © 2007, Laura Flett; Standing At the Edge, © 2007, Trapped Truth Society and West Edge Books and News; Savoir Faire, Volume XLVII, © Spring 2009, Bossier Parish Community College. 

Organizations: Trapped Truth Society, Shreveport Writers’ Club, North West Louisiana Haiku Society, Red River ReWriters. 

Contact Information: H 318-470-1031 C 318-658-1493

JRyanArtist exhibits at the Louisiana Towers

BAC’s Gallery Fine Art Center is proud to announce that former gallery exhibitor Ryan McCutcheon now has work hanging in the Louisiana Towers,  at 401 Edwards Street in Shreveport, as part of the Community Foundation’s Community Central Gallery.  The pieces are from the artist’s popular Flying Furniture series.  The series inspired a children’s book, that he will be reading on Saturday, July 27, from 2pm-4pm at 2151 Airline Drive suite 200 in Bossier City.  More details to come! Ryan is a multi-faceted artist and considers himself a “Renaissance Man” willing to experiment and master any and all styles and media. JRyanArtist studios' works have been displayed at the Bossier Arts Council, LSUS University Center Gallery, CoHabitat Shreveport, Mental Health Solutions Shreveport Office, and various other small businesses in the Shreveport-Bossier City area and provides graphic design services for a range of well-established Shreveport and Bossier City businesses. Ryan continues to be a pioneer in art production services seeking to provide new and much needed services to the Shreveport-Bossier City area.  His goal is to produce works that are truly unique, an artist must abandon social convention and allow the full-scope of his or her creativity to take flight. Rules create limitations and there is no room for limitations regarding creativity and visual expression. I pull from all areas of experience to create a 3-dimensional view of life the way I see it. There is no project too large or small and no medium unworthy of exploration. JRyanArtist prides itself on flexibility and adaptability to produce unique works whether at complete liberty of the artists or to exact specifications of the commissioner.

For more information on JRyanArtist please contact the Bossier Arts Council’s Gallery Fine Art Center at (318)741-9192 or contact the artist himself,

Friday, June 14, 2013

One Stop Class Tomorrow

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!  Class will meet at the Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd).

Local Charity Looking for Artist Help

The Life Savers fundraising project benefits cancer research at LSU Health Shreveport's Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. All proceeds stay in the community to advance cancer treatment. Life Savers allows Feist-Weiller Cancer Center to grant Idea Awards for cancer research scientists to develop their ideas. This brings local competitive grants to 26, worth a total of $1.3 million. Twelve of these scientists have been successful on the national level, bringing $9.4 million back in to the community from national organizations like the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Susan G. Komen and the Department of Defense. 

Maria Busada is currently looking for artist who would be willing to donate their work for the cause.  If you are interested please contact her at  

The link below is the LIFE SAVERS 2013 page on the Feist Weiller website. You can click on the auction item donation form or to learn more information.   

Thursday, June 13, 2013

W.A.M. Tonight

Be sure to join us tonight (Thursday, June 13th) for W.A.M. from 5:30-7:30pm at 1800 Prime at Boomtown Casino. 

We will be featuring artist Susan Duke. 

Susan Duke has been painting all her life. Many of her happiest early memories are of sitting at an easel, looking through the window and painting impressions of the scenery outside. Her father was a highly decorated Marine pilot and photographer with rapidly changing assignments; her mother was a schoolteacher with a sense of adventure -- so the family moved frequently. Both of her parents preferred the freedom of living out in the country to the structure of base quarters, so Duke grew up exploring forests or beaches, wading in streams and following shafts of light into hidden magical places. Serious blood chemistry illnesses during childhood resulted in a prognosis of only a 2% chance of survival, but experimental medical technology coupled with her indomitable will to live eventually triumphed. Duke states that facing death at such an early age gave her an indelible perspective about how precious, beautiful and fleeting our time here on earth is. To occupy the long periods of convalescence, the young girl was encouraged to further her studies in art. She took private lessons and due to her talent, she was even sometimes allowed to enroll in adult classes. She soon began to win awards which resulted in selling her first commissioned painting at 12 years old. After winning a contest at 17, she experienced a whirlwind career as a New York fashion model. By 19 she had married and given birth to a wonderful baby girl. The marriage didn't last, but her child has always been a joy and inspiration for the artist. She says that love and responsibility gave her motivation and strength far beyond anything she had ever imagined.

 As a single parent, Duke set out to make a living through painting and graphic art. After several years of financial struggle she realized necessity of a college degree to provide avenues to a more stable income. With characteristic determination, Duke put herself through college on academic grants and a bicycle -- typically cycling around 20 miles a day to attend classes.

After completing college with a dual degree in graphic communications/journalism, Duke worked for the next decade as an art director and illustrator for major international companies such as the New York Times and EF Foundation, earning 23 state and national awards. Her goal had always been to become a professional fine art painter, so after raising her daughter she was finally able to successfully pursue her cherished vocation. Today, she is happily married to her best friend of 40 years, Patrick Posey, a songwriter and musician. They live in a romantic cabin in the deep dark woods of northwest Louisiana. Duke's vivid Impressionist oil paintings have been shown in galleries throughout the nation and are represented in numerous private and corporate collections coast to coast.

When asked about her work she responded

 "My paintings are created as an antidote to anxiety. Each of my original Impressionist oil paintings is meant to be a window of imagination into a special healing place of beauty and energy. The impact of modern life's frantic pace coupled with the daily digital media onslaught leaves many people stressed and in need of a break - a contemplative moment - time to take a deep breath, relax and allow both body and soul to refresh and renew. A subtle sense of peace and hope is the gift I want to convey to viewers each time they see my work. When I am painting, I lose myself in the colors -- the intricate interactions of the fluid oil pigments are a constant and complete fascination to me. "

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Emerging Artist features Ashley Wachal

Artist Biography

Ashley Pfanner 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 herartistic 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.

Artist Statement

I create art because creativity has the need to escape. I constantly have new ideas that need to be expressed and shown. For the past 18 years, I have been pursuing my passion of creating art. Since developing my professional art career in recent years, I have established a series of artwork in oil painting.

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.

My first exposure to this idea first came to me while studying visual arts intensely as a high school student in the first summer session student art program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). I developed new ways to challenge myself and how to expand my creativity in order to grow as an artist. In that time spent studying at NOCCA, I fell in love with the individuality and culture of the city of New Orleans. On excursions throughout the city I frequently found myself lost in admiration of the unique architecture of the bright-colored shotgun-style homes. Even more so, the individual story behind each one. It was not until years later that Iwas reacquainted and reminded of my appreciation for this style of distinctive structural design.

With my series of the Nola Shotgun House paintings, my objective is simply to convey the sheer beauty of architecture. On canvas, I build the structure of the house up using my brush with the oil paint until I see the house as complete. Every house has a story. The setting, the home itself, the colors, the richness, the texture, the space, the composition—it all has value and meaning.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Featured Gallery Fine Art Center Artist: Frank Hamrick

This past week I had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of artists currently on exhibition at the Gallery Fine Art Center.  The show Panchromatic hangs from now until July 15th.  The Gallery is open Thursday & Friday from 2-6pm and Saturday from 11-2pm.  You can also schedule an alternative time by contacting Kendra Thompson at 318-741-9192.

Artist Interview with Frank Hamrick

What first inspired you to be an artist?  How has it impacted your life?

Artist Frank Hamrick pictured.  
When I was ten, my sister had a cheap camera I wanted. So I traded one of my hats for the camera. I had a subscription to an outdoor magazine. I rarely read any of the articles, just looked at that images. I mentioned this to a neighbor and he said, "Maybe you could be a photographer." In school I had several friends that found their passions before me, whether it was sports, drawing or playing music. I did not want to chase after their medium because I knew those guys would always be better than me since they had found it first. Then I took a photography class in high school. It gave me a voice of my own and allowed me to show what I was interested in and gave me a chance to comment on things around me. I started a homemade magazine with a friend when I was a junior. I noticed how it gave me a place and an identity in my community of musicians, skaters and artists. From there I decided to pursue photography as my major when I went off to college at the Univeristy of Georgia. 

If you could give any advice to an upcoming photographer what would it be?

Make lots of photographs. Get feedback from someone more experienced even if their style or medium is different from yours. Absorb that feedback and then repeat the process over and over again. One thing I tell my students is that some people think your ideas as an artist
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will be dumb when you are 20 but will be great when you are 40 or 60 years old. I actually believe we do not come up with completely different ideas and subject matter over time. I believe we are constantly revising our approach to the same ideas throughout life. A person who practices their craft and learns from their mistakes will make more successful work over time. I have often seen my graduating photography majors make bodies of work about subjects that I can trace back to their introductory photography course when they were freshmen. They just refined their techniques and learned how to better approach their ideas. 

The other important thing is to study the work of accomplished photographers before you. Get a history of photography book and look at the work. It is essential to know what has happened already so you can add to the conversation instead of simply repeating what has already been stated. 

Who is your favorite artist and why?

That sounds like a simple question but it is not. I enjoy being around my friend Jim Sherraden, who runs the letterpress shop Hatch Show Print in Nashville, because he is a good storyteller, which allows him to be a good teacher when he is guiding an employee or teaching a student during a workshop. He is also a great people person. Anyone who has ever crossed paths with him remembers it as a positive experience. Being a successful artist requires a variety of skills beyond knowing your medium and Jim sets a great example of how a successful artist interacts with people all the way from the museum curator selecting Jim's work for an exhibition to the janitor keeping the space clean. Jim realizes each person's job is important and he makes sure everyone knows he appreciates their contributions. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Featured Gallery Fine Art Center Artist Neil Johnson

This past week I had an opportunity to sit down and talk to some of the artists currently on exhibition at the Gallery Fine Art Center show Panchromatic.  The show is up through July 15th and can be viewed Thursday & Friday between 2-6pm and Saturday 11-2pm.  You can also schedule an appointment to view the Gallery by contacting Kendra Thompson at 318-741-9192.  

Neil Johnson

An interview with Neil Johnson 

What is your favorite part about being a photographer?  

I like using photography as a "time machine" to freeze a moment in time for a hundred years, go back in time to relive a moment, extend time to reveal an image that is not evident to the eye.
What is most complicated shot you ever taken and what made it so?

April, 1995: A dinner party scene with eight people and a dog for a 3D ghost story-haunted house children's book. All the people, dog and food were ghosts, the table, furniture and room were not. It had to be shot in middle of the night because I didn't want daylight streaming in the big window. The 3D effect was created with stereo photography. With the ghosts (green gels) separate from the setting and with the stereo double image, this meant the single image was really FOUR images (a double-exposure shot with two cameras.) The single image took four hours to set up and shoot in the middle of the night. 

I would never attempt the above again and the models (including Bill Joyce) would certainly NOT want to take part. It was shot on film and would have taken MUCH less time if it had been made with digital technology! Lessons learned.
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When do you feel most successful as an artists?  Why?

When a viewer brings their uniquely personal history to an image created by and deeply personal to me, and the image sparks memories or emotions in the viewer that stops them, holds them and stays with them. 

East Bank Gallery feature Su Stella

Artist Biography

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. Also she has been a writing a monthly column for Louisiana Road Trips since 2006.  

Artist Statement

I have been creating art my entire life. My first art memory was when I was about 5 years old. I pulled the drawers open just enough to make a ladder, climbing atop the furniture. Using my paint by numbers paint I decorated the ceiling. To this day I don’t understand why my Mom got so mad at me. I remember thinking that my creation was so beautiful! 

Luckily my parents were incredibly supportive my whole life, and encouraging me to attend the Art Institute of Boston. I studied painting, sculpture and printmaking, absorbing every style and technique. In some art circles they see this as a lack of focus but I see it as an asset, because my skill set allows me freedoms and knowledge that others don’t have.

I spent my youth traveling the world my paints always in my backpack. In my late 20’s I thought I bought my forever house near the beach in Biloxi but Hurricane Katrina changed that. I now live in the Highland Community in Shreveport. My backpack has been traded for an art studio. 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. 

On May 5, 2013, I have begun opening my art studio to the public. It will be open the first Sunday of the month from 10- 3. I hope you come to the corner of Topeka and Magnolia and enjoy the demos, art and experience!


East Bank Gallery feature Caroline Youngblood

Artist Biography

Julia Caroline Youngblood grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University 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 Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. She enjoys sharing her talents doing volunteer work at arts organizations in Monroe, Columbia, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Youngblood has teaching experience as instructor of record for beginning watercolor and teaching assistant in numerous courses at the college level. Her work has been included in a multitude of juried and solo exhibitions, including the 2012 “Louisiana Contemporary” at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. She recently completed a three-month residency at Centre d’Art, Marnay sur Seine, France (CAMAC), funded by an Artist’s Career Advancement Grant awarded by Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Caroline’s solo exhibitons are a multi-sensory experience. Events typically include live Blues music and an array of Louisiana cuisine to reinforce the content of her work.

Artist Statement

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).

Friday, June 7, 2013

Academy of Children's Theatre presents "Annie" Camp July1-19th.

The Academy of Children's Theatre will hold their annual summer camp at The Bossier Arts Council. Camp this year will culminate in a two night performance of "Annie". The cost for the camp is $400 and they will be accepting both boys and girls grades 1-8.
 Camp will run from 1-3pm - Monday-Friday for three weeks.Call 318-741-8312 for more info.

Local Organization Host Summer Art Camp

Noel Community Arts Program (NCAP) Art & Music Camp

NCAP is hosting an art and music camp for children ages 7-11 from June 24-28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. Children will learn basics in piano, guitar and drumming as well as create art projects, including making some musical instruments and acrylic painting on a 16x20 canvas they can take home! Cost is $75. Call Jessica at 221-5207 for more information or register online

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LA Tech Job Opportunity

Tenure Track Position(s): Assistant Professor(s) of Art in Photography or Printmaking or Sculpture Disciplines. Applicants who are able to demonstrate expertise in a combination of these disciplines are highly desirable.Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Compensation includes full benefits.Deadline: Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled. For full consideration all materials should be sent by June 21st.Start Date: September 1, 2013
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level art courses
  • Serve on graduate student committees
  • Pursue professional research and exhibition record
  • Advise art students
  • Participate in development of the Art Program
  • Assist with management and maintenance of facilities
  • Engage in service to the School, University, community, and professional organizations
Required Qualifications:
  • MFA in Art, in the photography, printmaking, or sculpture discipline; Degree conferred before September 2013.
  • Strong foundations experience and willingness to teach in the core
  • University/college teaching experience beyond a graduate teaching assistant preferred
  • Exhibition record demonstrating professional recognition of creative work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of art history, traditional and contemporary processes, and theories
  • Knowledge of, and experience with Adobe Creative Suite 6
  • A working knowledge of both traditional and non-traditional methods is strongly preferred
A combination of the following skills is preferred:
  • Digital and analog photography experience and historical knowledge of the medium. Lighting, digital editing and printing, alternative processes skills desirable. Video making and editing is a plus.
  • Knowledge of multiple printmaking processes
  • Knowledge of, and experience with Rhino and Rhino-Cam or related software and have a working knowledge of traditional and non-traditional sculpture processes and materials.
Application must include the following documents saved as PDFs:
  • Letter of intent stating qualifications for position
  • Resume
  • One page artist statement
  • One page teaching philosophy
  • Names for three references: title, e-mail address, and phone number
  • PDF file of 20 images representing personal artwork, video may also be uploaded
  • PDF file of 20 images representing student artwork, video may also be uploaded
  • Image list of personal and student work, stating media, dimensions, and dates
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • All application materials must be sent digitally to the job listing at:

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Gift Shop Artist Highlight: Steve Zihlavsky

Ooatnm Eggs

The Ooatnm is non-existent. Its egg however is a cyclo-emberthasm, which places it in a non-classified unilife-form category. Ooatnm eggs, unlike most cyclo-emberthasm, do not like xiphtoham. Due to their dislike, as well as the decline in cathode ray tube, we do not typically offer xiphtoham at our establishment. Rather, they prefer a pseudo-symbolic relationship with any polyhedron. Ooatnm eggs neither hatch nor develop.

Such a process would constitute them becoming non-existent. Ooatnm eggs that desire experience outside of their shell, develop organs and other extremities such as eyes and snouts. Others never even “peek” out in order to avoid non-existence. Only a few people know where these special eggs emerge.
That aside, like snowflakes and fingerprints, each is unique. There are many classifications such as albino, amorphous, clabbered, lobed, magnetus, perforated, polar, spheric, spotted, and warted to name a few. Most fall into a combination of two or more classes. When purchasing Ooatnm eggs, ask your procurer of the type(s) and for documentation. Often collectors will be able to assist you in naming your egg as well.
Due to the lack of maintenance, aside from occasional dusting, Ooatnm eggs make a great for all including children, eccentrics, and idiosyncratic, peculiars, pet lovers, and of course those who either have “everything” or “don’t need anything”.

Listed below is terminology for better understanding of an Ooatnm egg.
Cyclo-emberthasm- nearly self-susttaining imagine-organism: capable of “great feats (reader use discretion) which occasionally needs a feeding, the usual food being a xiphtoham.
Imagine-organism- any imaginary life-form. Includes pet rocks, imaginary friends and the like.

Xiphtoham- a ham made from the wavelengths emitted from a cathode ray tube.