Arts

11:20am

Wed January 22, 2014
Arts

Shreveport Opera Express furthers state's anti-bullying stance

Shreveport Opera Express' bully Leroy Davis lassos fellow opera singers who play school nerds, Cristina Bakhourm and Sarah Bauer.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Louisiana’s anti-bullying law has been in effect for a year. Nationwide, the number of bullying accusations has not only risen in schools, but also in sports and the workplace. The Shreveport Opera Express, the outreach program of the Shreveport Opera, has lent its powerful voice to the cause.

Since 2011, the singers have presented their “Stop, Bully” operatic program in hundreds of schools across Louisiana, east Texas and south Arkansas. Shreveport Opera executive director Amanda Gouthiere said the opera singers deliver two programs a day and reach about 50,000 people each year.

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9:35am

Mon January 13, 2014
Arts

Contemporary quilt art in Nacogdoches celebrates Texas themes

Kay Marburger created the "Sentinel of the Gulf" quilt for her son who works on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. It's one of the quilts on display in Nacogdoches.

Contemporary quilt art goes on display Tuesday at Stephen F. Austin State University. The 26 works by Texans were completed between 1993 and 2011. Sandra Sider is the consulting curator for the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, Texas. She selected the quilts for this exhibition and said they demonstrate how contemporary quilt art has a rightful place as a visual art form.

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10:50am

Fri January 10, 2014
Arts

Bossier Arts Council workshops sharpen business and marketing skills

The Bossier Arts Council is helping artists bridge the gap between their creative product and the business of getting their work into the marketplace and on exhibit. 

Twice monthly, the Bossier Arts Council holds a Saturday workshop called an Artist One Stop. It aims to help all types of artists create a polished presence in a digital world and manage the business side of their art.

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9:55am

Fri December 20, 2013
Arts

Shreveport's Bucket List Chalkboard inspires profound thoughts

The Bucket List Chalkboard in Shreveport captures the dreams of people who step up to the art installation and contribute their beliefs.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

At the close of 2013, it’s a good time to check in on the Bucket List Chalkboard in Shreveport. The giant chalkboard with a bold yellow frame has three words across the top: “Before I die…” People step up on a platform, pick their chalk color, and write or draw what they feel. 

Plain Dealing, La., artist Megan Davis-Taylor designed and built the chalkboard through a grant from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. It’s been traveling around Shreveport Common since September.

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9:48am

Wed November 20, 2013
Arts

Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet unveils tutu campaign

Ed Horton (left) and Alex "Ticket" Sanders of the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks unveil the first in a series of photos titled "How do you tutu?" The photo is of Moonbot Studios co-founder Brandon Oldenburg by photographer Neil Johnson.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet is marking its 40-year history with a commissioned series of photos that asks -- how do you tutu? The campaign features popular men of Shreveport sporting tutus in creative ways. The ballet’s executive director Kate Pedrotty said at a Tuesday news conference that her organization is trying to rally community support in a unique way.

“We’ve had to become I think a little bit more creative in the way that we fundraise, and we’ve definitely tried to move away from a dependence on grants or other public funds that are available," Pedrotty said.

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