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Friday, August 30, 2013


Norla Preservation Project Partners with Bossier Arts Council in Inaugural Exhibit

SHREVEPORT - Norla Preservation Project and Bossier Arts Council will host an art exhibit entitled, “The Louisiana Shotgun House” at the Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA.  The exhibit will feature multiple area artists coming together to celebrate the shotgun house, a cornerstone of Louisiana’s cultural heritage. It will run from Monday, October 7th through Thursday, October 31st.

Norla Preservation Project will host an art opening Tuesday, October 8th. The event welcomes Guy Carwile from the Louisiana Tech University School of Architecture, who will discuss the history and significance of the shotgun house. The event will feature music by Brian Sivils and refreshments by Village Cuisine Restaurant and Catering. The opening will be held at the Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive, Bossier City, at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Kelly Rich, founder and Executive Director of Norla Preservation Project, “Part of Norla's mission is to educate the public about historic preservation and our cultural heritage. This art exhibit appreciating the Shotgun House will be a perfect way to increase awareness of one of Louisiana's most iconic symbols of the South."

Interested artists will be charged a $15 entry fee, with 15% of all sales being donated to Norla Preservation Project. The exhibit is open, with no prohibitions on media, age, or number of entries. All artwork should be original and inspired by the shotgun house. Drop off date will be Sept. 23rd from 11am-2pm. Pick up will be November 1st. Neither Norla, BAC, nor the building owner will assume liability for loss or damage of work. All two-dimensional work must be dry, framed, and wired for hanging. Additional information is available through Bossier Arts Council.

Norla Preservation Project is a non-profit organization focused on promoting historic preservation and repurposing, rather than demolishing, historic structures in Northern Louisiana. The first project, entitled “Baker Street Bottoms Shotgun Development,” will coordinate the relocation, preservation, and repurposing of six Shreveport shotgun houses for commercial use as part of a downtown revitalization effort. Additional information is available at the Norla Preservation Project website, or

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