Keachi artist Travis Whitfield stands on the porch of the shuttered Wyatt Bros. Mercantile where a group of African American men used to sit in rockers and tell stories of a bygone era. Whitfield documented the lives of the "Porch Crew" beginning in the 1970s.
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A Keachi, Louisiana, artist cares deeply about the legacy of a group of African American men who in the 1970s and '80s parked themselves on the porch of a shuttered country store and told stories about a bygone era. Travis Whitfield was so intrigued by the men that they became his studies. He painted their portraits, took hundreds of photos, and recorded their conversations beginning in 1973. Many of these images and artifacts are on display at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Whitfield’s “Further On Down The Road” exhibition.
A Shreveport auction firm will be featured on the Feb. 13 episode of the cable TV show “Baggage Battles” on the Travel Channel. Lawler Auction Company president Danny Lawler said the show shot two episodes at auctions he conducted in December. The show's auction experts bid on items, and then seek appraisals to reveal the true worth of the items they buy. Lawler said the Travel Channel crew filmed an auction in which hundreds of items were up for bid, mostly surplus from various government agencies in northwest Louisiana.
The city of Nacogdoches' purchasing manager Gary Baisden is in charge of ridding departments of surplus equipment. That effort has generated more than $1 million for the city since the centralized surplus program began in 2009.
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The city of Nacogdoches has pocketed more than $1 million since it centralized its effort to get rid of surplus equipment and vehicles. Gary Baisden, the city's purchasing and risk manager, took over the surplus effort in June 2009. Since then, he said, he’s sent more than 175 items to auction, including a parcel of land. Baisden said he posts the items to the website GovDeals. Buyers have come from all over, even as far away as Canada.
Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison stands in her new office in downtown Shreveport, a stone's throw from the historic Strand Theatre in a new arts district known as Shreveport Common.
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The Shreveport Regional Arts Council has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring in a San Diego-based art critic to judge the works of local artists in an open exhibition. The art critic series is a two-year grant that will touch 300 visual artists.