Spring semester begins Monday at Stephen F. Austin State University, and at many other colleges in the region. Some students have spent their holiday break fine-tuning a film that will premiere in April. SFA music lecturer Herbert Midgley wrote the sci-fi film, “The Rise of the Robots.” He’s currently assisting students in the cinematography program on post-production. He says more than 100 students have had a hand in producing the feature-length film.
Intro to fiber students, from left, Daniel Tanielu, Ethan McManus, Anne Baham, Lauren Clemons and Casey Harris, worked on the yarn bomb.
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Art students at Northwestern State University have installed another yarn bomb in Natchitoches. NSU assistant professor of art Leslie Gruesbeck said the students made a proposal to the mayor to get permission to cover a telephone pole with a brightly-colored crocheted wrap, like a sweater. This is the sixth yarn bomb her students have completed. She said several fiber classes crocheted different pieces for the latest installation in Tricentennial Park.
"It's kind of a holiday-themed, patchwork sweater for a telephone pole in the middle of downtown Natchitoches," Gruesbeck said.
Work begins on David Fox's floragraph that will be mounted on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
El Dorado, Arkansas will be represented in the 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The late David Fox who died at age 48 of a heart attack was an organ and tissue donor. A large memorial floragraph of him will ride on the Donate Life float, alongside 71 other portraits honoring deceased organ, eye and tissue donors. His widow, Liz Fox of El Dorado, will go to California to put the finishing touches on the floragraph, which uses crushed herbs and flower petals to follow the contours of David’s portrait.
Architect and national advocate for sustainable design, John Cary, takes his good-design-is-within-reach message to Louisiana Tech University for a lecture Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m in Wyly Auditorium. Cary is the founding editor of publicinterestdesign.org. He said so often good design is inaccessible to underprivileged communities because there’s a misperception that it's expensive. He feels that service learning should be a key part of all architecture programs nationwide.
Shreveport author and illustrator Bill Joyce is the film's executive producer.
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A DreamWorks Animation Thanksgiving weekend blockbuster is premiering at the Strand Theatre in downtown Shreveport. “Rise of the Guardians” is the inspiration of Shreveport writer and illustrator Bill Joyce who begs the question: Could Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy be friends?
Joyce will walk the red carpet in his hometown at a venue he considers to be hallowed ground for cinematic dreams, the Strand Theatre. It’s where he saw movies as a child.