A new biography of the late folk artist Clementine Hunter offers a fuller portrait of her life, from domestic servant at Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches Parish to artistic fame as a widely-collected painter and muralist. Coauthor Tom Whitehead says he draws from the many visits he had with Hunter that went on for nearly two decades. Whitehead will sign copies of "Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art" at Barnes and Noble, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Naranjo Museum of Natural History is an outgrowth of 40 years of archeological pursuits by Lufkinite Neal Naranjo. He built a 10,000 square-foot museum on Highway 59 south in Lufkin that will showcase his fossils and artifacts that once filled up his home. The ribbon cutting and grand opening is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport will display 80 photos of Vietnam soldiers, taken by combat correspondent Bob Spangler of Longview. The exhibit opens Tuesday and runs through Oct. 14. The Norton's oral history project has amassed hundreds of interviews with veterans over the past decade.
Shreveport designer Brian Carlisle looks forward to trash pick-up day and the unusual discarded treasures he might find along the side of the road. He retrofits found objects and turns them into birdhouses, bird feeders and furniture through his hobby/side business at gadgetsponge.com.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting presents the television debut of its one-hour documentary, "Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood." The Bicentennial Commission also developed a companion teacher's guide. The documentary has been screened at bicentennial celebrations around the state since April. It airs tonight at 7 p.m. on LPB.