Apr
6
5:30 pm17:30

CRITICAL MASS 5: Exhibition Opening & Prize Announcements

For CRITICAL MASS 5, over 130 NWLA Artists have submitted one piece of Visual Art or Literary writing sample. Come see the Art, meet the Artists, and learn who will take home the $2,000 "Best of Show" Prize. At 7:00 p.m., Literary Critic David Kipen will discuss the 2017 Literary submissions; at 7:30 p.m. Visual Art Critic  Robert Pincus, Ph.D., will explain his 2017 Visual Art submission winner.  Winners will have the opportunity to produce a Solo Show in August 2017. 

Thursday, April 6
Opening   5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Entertainment, Culinary Art, and Cash Bar
7:00 pm Literary Review
& Award Announcement
7:30 pm Visual Review
& Award Announcement

Mar
22
1:00 pm13:00

Artspace Artist Studio Exhibition Opening

SEE WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
#CultureCrush

Most Artists “live their work,” but we all need balance in our lives—a LITTLE SPACE or separation between work and all the rest. An Artists’ studio is where the magic happens--the conjuring place for new Art. During APRIL CULTURE CRUSH, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) is awarding seven Northwest Louisiana artists the opportunity to create their own studio space in artspace to create, work, demonstrate and SELL their art to the public.

The seven artists chosen include Lisandra T. Di Liberto Brown, Eric Francis, Sarah Joy Lewis, James Marks, Sherry Tamburo, Robert Trudeau and Kathryn Usher. Each of them has a separate and unique style. One is a fiber artist and views the world in textured and deconstructed layers. Another, after working with Soundsuit Artist Nick Cave, is now creating sculptural and jewelry forms. One is a sketcher who has set out most recently to imagine and render the characters of the Bayou State whose faces, figures and postures in their material poverty and soulful splendor touch him. And yet another paints whimsical red winged cows that remind her of her home in Puerto Rico.

But why does SRAC feel such a need to facilitate this juncture in the advancement of Northwest Louisiana’s Professional Arts Community?

“There is a need for piloting Artist Studios in Northwest Louisiana to understand the level to which they will serve as the backbone for the continued commitment to Authenticity, Community, Creativity and Sustainability in the development of Shreveport Common,” explained Pam Atchison, SRAC Executive Director. “SRAC has awarded NWLA Professional Artists the opportunity to design their own Studio Space @artspace to give them an idea of what it takes to operate and manage a Studio on a daily basis and to give the public an opportunity to experience what happens in an Artist Studio. artspace is the perfect location for the Artist Studios because its mission from the outset has been to support the creation, exhibition and presentation of all Arts,” added Atchison.

Though some might argue artists do not “need” a studio, for many it affirms and confirms that they are a Professional Artist. It is uplifting in a psychological way. And to your public and the community, Artists Studios say that we are truly an Art Community—a place where people will travel to see Art and where the economy is bolstered by the revenue that Art and Art Events produce. If we value art, we must value our Artists. SRAC hopes that by awarding these first Artist Studios @artspace, they will be raising the community's awareness of artists’ workspace as an important element in thee continued development of the Arts neighborhood of Shreveport Common. 

"Each of the seven artists who will have studios in artspace from April 6 to May 13 has such different processes that it will make for fascinating viewing by the public as we progress on our pieces. For me personally, one of the advantages of being awarded the studio is the ability to design my own space. After working with Nick Cave and discovering high-density polyethylene (HDPE) as an art material, I've been interested in seeing how large I can go when building textile sculptures. The tall walls in artspace will be ideal for bold fluorescent experiments."

An Artist Studio is usually a private sanctum, but during APRIL CULTURE CRUSH, the public gets a rare opportunity for a sneak peak. Studios will open for the first time on the evening of Culture Crush 5 on April 6 and will remain open until May 13. Every Thursday Evening the Artists Studios will be open late for Sales and Artists demonstrations from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Mar
2
5:30 pm17:30

Jane Ryder Tribute Night

Jane Ryder created with feathers, flowers, veiling and a design style that captured the eye and imaginations of world-wide celebrities and movie producers as well as people in her adopted home of Shreveport.Northwest Louisiana loved Ryder’s vibrancy and her spirit and often wore her hats for Derby Day at Louisiana Downs.She designed a dress that was worn to the Oscars and Joan Rivers wore one ofher hats—a burgundy one with a big feather--in“ Fashion Police.” Her credits include Olympus Has Fallen, Playing the Field, Drive Angry, Battle 2 Los Angeles, Mad Money and others.

Join SRAC and artspace as we pay tribute to Jane.

Feb
23
5:30 pm17:30

Carlos Colón Tribute Night

Carlos Colón was Caddo Parish Poet Laureate and publisher of more than 1,000 poems and 12 chapbooks. Carlos has often been credited with creating the literary community in Northwest Louisiana. He was best known for his comical Haiku poetry, which he often performed in Elvis costumes. He was a long-time librarian at Shreveport Memorial Library and curated revolving exhibits of Haiku by poets from around the world for the Electronic Poetry Network from 1997-2011. Colón was a Pushcart Prize nominee and had his poems published in a variety of journals including Modern Haiku, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Writer’s Digest and Louisiana Literature. Eight of his poems were published in The Red Moon Anthology, which yearly collects the best English-Language Haiku and related works. His poetry is also part of two public art projects: the “Let the Good Times Roll” mural in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza and a renku display outside of a temple on Sado Island in Japan. Additionally, Colón was editor of Shreve Memorial Library’s Electronic Poetry Network, which he established in 1997. 

Join SRAC and artspace as we pay tribute to the Caddo Parish Laureate.

Feb
16
5:30 pm17:30

Paula Hallman Tribute Night

Paula Hallman was a skilled painter and sculptor, known best for the long-necked, mostly female fantasy dolls she created. "My goal as an artist is to remind us to see the beauty, feel the joy or maybe just to smile!” Paula Hallman’s art has brought a smile to many people. Join SRAC and artspace for a special tribute night for Paula Hallman THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Tribute Retrospective:  Carlos Colon, Jane Ryder, & Paula Hallman
Feb
1
Mar 18

Tribute Retrospective: Carlos Colon, Jane Ryder, & Paula Hallman

Fantasy Dolls, Haiku Elvis and Feathers, Flowers and Veils—this was the “stuff,” the heart of the Art, of three beloved Northwest Louisiana’s artists:  PAULA HALLMAN, CARLOS COLÓN AND JANE RYDER.  The Shreveport Regional Arts Council will open a RETROSPECTIVE TRIBUTE to celebrate the lives and Art of these three remarkably talented NWLA Roster Artists on Wednesday, February 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at artspace, 710 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport.  

Jan
28
12:00 pm12:00

Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians Parade

Photography Credit: Photographer Erika Goldring

Photography Credit: Photographer Erika Goldring

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Every year on Mardi Gras, the sparkling beads, jangling of tambourines, and chants of “Creole Wild West” announce to the world that the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribe is still “masking” in New Orleans. Now Big Chief Howard Miller and his tribe bring their hand-beaded and feathered “suits” to Shreveport January through March 2017 as artists in residence with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Mardi Gras Indians are, above all, artists. Their elaborate beadwork and sewing, the intricate rhythms of their music, and the closely kept traditions of their heritage are woven into the fabric of a culture unique to New Orleans. The Creole Wild West plan to share the importance of celebrating the heritage and culture of a rare Louisiana tradition at UNSCENE!, the event series that brings national, regional and local artists to explore the Shreveport Common neighborhood. The January 28 UNCENE! will include a Mardi Gras Indian style parade in and around Shreveport Common, an artspace exhibition of 10 hand-beaded Indian suits with headdresses, crowns, blankets and embellishments and an artist talk by Chief Howard Miller.

TIMELINE

10:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Arrive early and Brunch at Parish Taceaux!

12:00 Noon
Join Chief Howard Miller for his Artist Talk @ artspace to learn about the history, culture and traditions of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Get Ready to Parade – Families, make musical instruments and deck the family for the parade (face painting and more) to “march” in the UNCOMMON Mardi Gras Parade.   – FREE @ artspace.

Food Trucks! Arts Market & MORE!

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Shreveport Common UNCOMMON MARDI GRAS PARADE begins at artspace!  

5:00 pm
Stick around for the Texas Street Block party in front of artspace!

Follow the event on Facebook HERE.

Jan
27
Mar 11

THE ART OF THE MARDI GRAS INDIANS

Every year on Mardi Gras, the sparkling beads, jangling of tambourines, and chants of “Creole Wild West” announce to the world that the oldest Mardi Gras Indian tribe is still “masking” in New Orleans. Now Big Chief Howard Miller and his tribe bring their hand-beaded and feathered “suits” to Shreveport January through March 2017 as artists in residence with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Mardi Gras Indians are, above all, artists. Their elaborate beadwork and sewing, the intricate rhythms of their music, and the closely kept traditions of their heritage are woven into the fabric of a culture unique to New Orleans. The Creole Wild West plan to share the importance of celebrating the heritage and culture of a rare Louisiana tradition at UNSCENE!, the event series that brings national, regional and local artists to explore the Shreveport Common neighborhood. The January 28 UNCENE! will include a Mardi Gras Indian style parade in and around Shreveport Common, an artspace exhibition of 10 hand-beaded Indian suits with headdresses, crowns, blankets and embellishments; and a beading and sewing workshop taught to the community by Big Chief Miller.

Exhibition Opening:  Friday, January 27
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  FREE Admission

 

Jan
14
12:00 pm12:00

“AS IS” Artists’ Finale & Exhibition Closing

Join artspace and SRAC for the “AS IS” ARTISTS’ FINALE @ artspace featuring all of the Residency Artists who created new works for the "AS IS" by Nick Cave Performance. There is a talk/demonstration by one of the Resident Artists (Kathryn Usher, Karen LaBeau, Heather Beauvais, Sherry Tamburo and Jerry Davenport) or a performance (Michael Futreal, PoeticX, and Luther Cox-Inter City Row Modern Dance) every 30 minutes.

12:00 Noon - Micheal Futreal
1:00 Karen La Beau
1:20 Sherry Tamburo and Heather Beauvais
1:50 PoeticX
2:00 Luther Cox
2:30 Kathryn Usher
2:50 PoeticX
3:00 Micheal Futreal
4:00 Jerry Davenport

Jan
12
5:30 pm17:30

Louisiana Landscapes Artists’ Talk

Hear from the artists behind the exhibition: Mary Louise Porter Karen Schmidt.

No other state in this United States can boast the unusual and varied landscapes that Louisiana celebrates. All one needs do is take to the road from our own piney hills and woods in the northwest corner of the state and begin the trek south to see fields of corn, soybean or cotton turn to dark cypress-shrouded bayous winding their way to grassy prairies, then wind-swept coastal marshes and finally to the gritty streets of inner city New Orleans. Whether urban and rural, there is no place like Louisiana, and Author John Kemp has enlisted 37 of the state’s best artists to all express “their place" on canvas in his latest book, "EXPRESSIONS OF PLACE: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape."

Expressions of Place features the talent of acclaimed Louisiana art professionals some whose paintings are included in major private and public collections regionally and nationally and others who have found their followings closer to home. All artists, however, strive to express impressions of the land with artistic styles that range from traditional to the symbolic and almost totally abstract. Such a variety of interpretation becomes possible in a landscape that changes as dramatically as the Louisiana landscape does.

Porter's art explores the landscapes along the Cane River and in the meadows, glades and wooded hills of Northwest Louisiana. She studies art at Louisiana State University, but says that she was most influenced by the French impressionists. Van Gogh's perceptions of light, color and form are clearly evident in many of Porter's landscapes such as her "Louisiana Cottonfields," which is reminiscent of Van Gogh's animated treatment of skies and clouds in his 1869 painting, "Wheatfield with Cypresses."

Schmidt's art is inspired by what she refers to as the farm country of North Louisiana, and she loves looking back on the art of America's Golden Age of Illustration, especially the works of Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth. She says that she gets constant inspiration in her daily live: dogs, cates, cows, horses, trees, fields, ponds, bayous, morning, light, afternoon light..."you get the idea."

Kemp's book includes an introductory essay, which places the artists and their works in historical context, as well as individual essays and biographical sketches in which the artists, in their own words, give insight as to what they paint, how they paint, where they paint and why they are drawn to the Louisiana landscape. Expressions of Place is not an encyclopedia, catalog, or history of the visual arts in Louisiana, but is instead a celebration of the state's evocative landscape in the work of these 37 accomplished contemporary artists. 

The book is as much about the landscape of the artists imaginations as it is about the land itself. With each painting, they have created visual poetry of a land and environment that has become a defining part of their lives.

Dec
15
5:00 pm17:00

Nick Cave Residency Artists’ Panel Discussion

Hear from the Residency Artists behind the AS IS by Nick Cave exhibition featuring a performance by Michael Futreal, plus a panel discussion featuring Jerry Davenport, Kathryn Usher, Karen LaBeau, Heather Beauvais, Sherry Tamburo, Luther Cox Jr., and PoeticX

Dec
1
Jan 21

Louisiana Landscaped by Mary Louise Porter and Karen Mathison Schmidt

December 1 - January 14

(Shreveport, LA) – No other state in this United States can boast the unusual and varied landscapes that Louisiana celebrates. All one needs do is take to the road from our own piney hills and woods in the northwest corner of the state and begin the trek south to see fields of corn, soybean or cotton turn to dark cypress-shrouded bayous winding their way to grassy prairies, then wind-swept coastal marshes and finally to the gritty streets of inner city New Orleans. Whether urban and rural, there is no place like Louisiana, and Author John Kemp has enlisted 37 of the state’s best artists to all express “their place" on canvas in his latest book, "EXPRESSIONS OF PLACE: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape." Kemp and two of the Northwest Louisiana artists featured in the book, Mary Louise Porter and Karen Mathison Schmidt will be featured in a special exhibition opening and book signing at artspace Thursday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m. An artist talk by Porter and Schmidt will follow on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Expressions of Place features the talent of acclaimed Louisiana art professionals some whose paintings are included in major private and public collections regionally and nationally and others who have found their followings closer to home. All artists, however, strive to express impressions of the land with artistic styles that range from traditional to the symbolic and almost totally abstract. Such a variety of interpretation becomes possible in a landscape that changes as dramatically as the Louisiana landscape does.

Porter's art explores the landscapes along the Cane River and in the meadows, glades and wooded hills of Northwest Louisiana. She studies art at Louisiana State University, but says that she was most influenced by the French impressionists. Van Gogh's perceptions of light, color and form are clearly evident in many of Porter's landscapes such as her "Louisiana Cottonfields," which is reminiscent of Van Gogh's animated treatment of skies and clouds in his 1869 painting, "Wheatfield with Cypresses."

Schmidt's art is inspired by what she refers to as the farm country of North Louisiana, and she loves looking back on the art of America's Golden Age of Illustration, especially the works of Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth. She says that she gets constant inspiration in her daily live: dogs, cates, cows, horses, trees, fields, ponds, bayous, morning, light, afternoon light..."you get the idea."

Kemp's book includes an introductory essay, which places the artists and their works in historical context, as well as individual essays and biographical sketches in which the artists, in their own words, give insight as to what they paint, how they paint, where they paint and why they are drawn to the Louisiana landscape. Expressions of Place is not an encyclopedia, catalog, or history of the visual arts in Louisiana, but is instead a celebration of the state's evocative landscape in the work of these 37 accomplished contemporary artists.

The book is as much about the landscape of the artists imaginations as it is about the land itself. With each painting, they have created visual poetry of a land and environment that has become a defining part of their lives.

The public is invited to join the FREE "LOUISIANA LANDSCAPES" exhibition opening at artspace on Thursday, December 1st from 5:30 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. with a book signing by John Kemp, author of "EXPRESSIONS OF PLACE: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape.” Complimentary nibbles will be provided by Southern Fork Catering. The art of Porter and Schmidt will remain at artspace through January 14, 2017.

Artists’ Talks Thursday, January 12

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM FREE

Nov
19
Jan 15

Nick Cave AS IS Exhibition

(Shreveport, LA) – Nick Cave came to Shreveport as artist-in-residence for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) in the summer of 2015 with a message—an invitation to celebrate what makes each of us unique—UNcommon.  He chose beaded blankets as the medium rather than the Soundsuits for which he is so well known because his vision was that the people of Northwest Louisiana would weave their own stories--personal identities—into each of these very different blankets.  On November 19th, 2016, an exhibition of 60 blankets along with spirit sticks and Brittany Strickland’s behind-the-scenes photography will open in the mainspace at artspace. 

Oct
13
Nov 12

IT’S WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT by Bennett Sewell

Sculptor Bennett Sewell just can’t let sleeping dogs lie, so he glues, nails, and embellishes wood, aluminum and found objects to create intiricate canine sculptures that illustrate the lives, loves and human hardships of the people he meets every day. 

Find yourself in Sewell's "IT'S WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT" Exhibition opening Thursday, October 13th at artspace.  5:30pm

Follow The Event on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/293836011001412/

Artist Talk:  Lisandra DiLiberto Brown
Sep
15
5:30 pm17:30

Artist Talk: Lisandra DiLiberto Brown

You have seen the show. Now hear from the artist at the FREE artist talk at artspace.  

Lisandra Di Liberto Brown moved to Shreveport from her small town of Hatillo in Puerto Rico for love. That is the sort of passion that is Lisandra Brown, and which is reflected in the brilliant reds, bold blues and opulent oranges that fill her canvasses. 

Cow Circus Exhibition by Lisandra Di Liberto Brown
Sep
1
Oct 1

Cow Circus Exhibition by Lisandra Di Liberto Brown

HURRY! HURRY! STEP RIGHT UP TO “RED COW CIRCUS”
THE GREATEST SHOW UNDER THE artspace BIGTOP
Louisianian Of The Year Lisandra Di Liberto Brown Brings Flying Red Cows to artspace August 25th

(Shreveport, LA) – Lisandra Di Liberto Brown may make you see red, but her kind of talent, inspira-tion and passion comes around only once in a blue moon. Come one, come all to the opening of Brown’s first full solo Exhibition of her complete “Red Cow” body of work, “Red Cow Circus,” Thurs-day, August 25th at artspace in downtown Shreveport.
 

Aug
27
10:00 am10:00

Shawn Barber Painting Workshop

Book your seat in this intimate class starting this week.

On Saturday, August 27th, artists can register for Barber's live figure painting workshop at artspaceshreveport.com. "We will be painting a portrait from observation in a single session," explained Barber. "This workshop would benefit any practicing artist who has some experience with drawing and painting, especially observational drawing and painting," said Barber. "We will us a 'wet into wet' method of oil painting called 'alla-prima,' completing a portrait study in a short time frame," added Barber.

The cost is $125/person ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED. 
Disposable Palette Tray
Assorted Brushes
Gessoed Panel; 9”x12”
Gamsol;
Galkyd Slow Dry; 
Assorted Gamblin Oil Paints*
Plus Live Model.

Register here.

Aug
26
5:30 pm17:30

Shawn Barber Artist Talk

Artist Shawn Barber will give a free artist talk at artspace at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26th. "I will start with a little bit of background about my work and move into my relationship with tattooing and how the Tattooed Portraits as a series started and how it has evolved," said Barber. "I will also talk a little bit about the business or art and making a living as an artist," added Barber.

Aug
9
12:00 pm12:00

Artside Story-time & Hands-On Fun

Tuesdays  May 24 – August 9

10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon 

Suggested Ages 4 to 11

$10/mini-bot (No charge for Mom, Dad or Grandbots)
Purchase two children's admission online and get a 3rd for FREE!
$8/mini-bot (groups 10 or more)

Register online HERE!

Featuring a different William Joyce book each week!
May 24th - Billy's Booger
May 31st - Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
June 7th - A bean, a stalk and a boy named
Jack
June 14th - The Numberlys
June 21st - The Michevians
June 28th - Ollie's Odyssey
July 5th - Santa Calls
July 12th - Dinosaur Bob & His Adventures
July 19th - Bentley & Egg
July 28th - Rolie Polie Olie
August 2nd - George Shrinks
August 9th - Day in the Life of Wilbur Robinson

 
Aug
5
10:00 am10:00

Ralph Eggleston Animation Workshop

THERE ARE TWO CLASSES:

10:00AM - 12:30PM
2:00PM - 4:00PM

If you are unsure of which you signed up for please contact casey@shrevearts.org

Ralph Eggleston, known for his work with Pixar Animation Studios, “Wall-E,” “For the Birds,” “Inside Out,” “Monsters, Inc.” & “Toy Story” will be doing an Animation Workshop Friday, August 5, 2 pm – 4:30 pm. @ artspace.  Seating is limited and expected to run out.  

See more of Eggleston's films at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Eggleston

 

Jul
23
11:00 am11:00

Moonbot Film & Feast!

The Robinson Film Center and artspace team together to provide a Saturday Brunch at Parish Taceaux/ artspace (order from menu, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm) and a 12:30 pm MOONBOT Matinee at Robinson Film Center ($5.50) featuring a “Flight of Moonbot Filmswith an introduction by Willam (Bill) Joyce and Limbert Fabian followed by a book signing!

Jul
21
Aug 13

Romantic Monody by Devin Rachul McClintic

Devin Rachul McClintic

Devin Rachul McClintic is photographer, director and subject in her exhibit.  “The mysteriously alluring images presented in the body of work entitled ‘Romantic Monody” describe dream-like visions of poetic melancholia, estranged intimacy and lamentable romance,” says McClintic.  

 

McClintic was awarded Critical MASS 4 Visual Best in Show by Gwynned Vitello, Publisher of the international art magazine Juxtapoz.

Jul
21
Aug 13

LIGHTNINGSTRUCK the Novel by Ashley Mace Havird

Ashley Mace Havird

When 11-year-old Etta McDaniel’s horse is struck by lightning, he not only survives but—along with Etta's shell-shocked grandfather, the family's African American housekeeper, and the widow of a Mohawk chief—initiates her into the world of "action and liability" as the Civil Rights Movement takes hold in Etta's rural South.

Ashley was awarded Critical MASS 4 Literary Best in Show by Robert L. Pincus Ph.D., former Los Angeles Times and San Diego Tribune critic.

Jul
16
1:00 pm13:00

• Animation and Robots! (family show)

This event is for all ages!  

Arthur Simone, from Austin, brings “Annabelle” A ROBOT that interacts with the audience…a new type of ventriloquist! 

Bot Party is a blend of comedy theater and tech in an attempt to make robots funny while keeping humans relevant.

Bot Party is a fully realized production featuring human performers improvising alongside robot counterparts that included “Anna,” a dynamic AI downloaded to a series of tablets. Blurring the lines of theatre, puppetry and magic, Bot Party is a high tech short-form improv comedy showcase that is the first of its kind.