An autographed photo of the late jazz singer Cab Calloway is part of the Poland Collection on display at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin.
The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin has turned into a mini Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the premiere of the Robert Poland Collection. The Lufkin businessman has collected musical memorabilia for nearly 60 years. Poland owns buildings in Lufkin that house thousands of autographed records, guitars and other instruments from legendary musicians who span generations – from Muddy Waters to Bruce Springsteen. Over time, Poland said he’s developed a close network of dealers around the country, never once entertaining eBay to make purchases.
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has added a new feature to its expanding digital encyclopedia of Louisiana history and culture -- KnowLA. The LEH is distributing downloadable QR codes to museums statewide. The barcode can be printed and mounted alongside artwork. By scanning it with a smartphone, it takes the viewer from the static piece of art into the rich, interconnected encyclopedia entry. LEH president Michael Sartisky said there are 276 artist entries in KnowLA -- all of them with QR codes – from folk artist Clementine Hunter to Shreveport illustrator Bill Joyce.
R.W. Norton Art Gallery's Emily Young stands next to Isaac Snowman's "Footprints," an oil on canvas from 1901, likely influenced by the death of Queen Victoria.
Paintings that are part of the Kasten Art Collection go on display today at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport. The Kasten Family of South Carolina has amassed works by British and European painters completed between the 1860s and 1920s. The Norton’s Emily Young said 32 pieces are on display in two galleries. It’s the second stop of a nationwide tour. She says the works – many impressionistic – have a common trait: paintings within paintings.
People tell us that Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me often has them rolling in the aisles… well, we’re going to get you actual aisles to roll in. Join us for a live cinecast of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, on Thursday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. It’s Peter and Carl on the big screen, with Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett, Mo Rocca and surprise celebrity guests. All that, and popcorn too. Don’t miss it.