Wed December 17, 2014

Shreveport's first contemporary art museum displays nature big and bold

Stephane Lusk, with her mother, painter Marlene Yu, stand in front of Yu's paintings in the main exhibit hall featuring works more than 36 feet tall.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation open Thursday in a rehabbed former 1950s-era YWCA building in downtown Shreveport.

The building’s gymnasium was transformed into an expansive main gallery that can accommodate Marlene Yu’s sprawling abstract paintings of nature. They drench the walls with color almost touching floor to ceiling.

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Fri December 12, 2014

Museum of East Texas in Lufkin explores women's suffrage

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will host a panel discussion Sunday about the women’s suffrage movement in Texas.

Three East Texas women, who have dedicated their livelihood to women’s issues, will guide the discussion.

Ellen Temple is a retired publisher and educator. In the 1980s, she published the first two books in print about the women’s right to vote in Texas.

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Fri December 12, 2014

Loblolly train display attracts hundreds of visitors to Nacogdoches Depot

Loblolly Crew member Dennis Brown describes the various trains he's operating as part of the fourth annual Loblolly Railroad exhibit at the Historic Nacogdoches Train Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.
Credit Andrew D. Brosig / Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel

More than 500 people have come to the Nacogdoches Train Depot over the past two weekends to see a large display of Lionel electric trains

The Loblolly Railroad Crew is in the final days of exhibiting its model train display. It features four operating trains that run through different scenes inspired by the East Texas landscape with its oil fields and pump jacks. George Ellis says this display is set up 15 feet from the main line train tracks.

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Wed December 10, 2014

Alexandria Museum of Art eyes new works for its collection

Alexandria native Cullen Washington, Jr.'s "Caped Crusader" is on display at the Alexandria Museum of Art as part of its "Trio: Beyond Boundaries" exhibit.
Credit Alexandria Museum of Art

A new exhibit at the Alexandria Museum of Art features three artists who have Louisiana roots and have distinguished themselves on a national level.  The exhibit, “Trio: Beyond Boundaries,” celebrates the success of three African American artists: Malaika Favorite, Phoenix Savage and Alexandria native Cullen Washington Jr.

Museum executive director Catherine Pears says the museum keeps an eye on Louisiana artists who are making their mark in the art world.

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Tue December 9, 2014

Texas aims to preserve unique holiday customs in call for home videos

Credit Texas Archive of the Moving Image /Facebook

Do you have a unique family tradition during the holidays? The Texas Archive of the Moving Image or TAMI wants Texans to document and share their traditions with this organization that works to preserve cultural history in Texas, according to TAMI’s Sarah Marshall.

“One of our overall goals is to help people understand that their home movies are cultural history for future generations, and just because the history is personal it doesn’t invalidate its importance,” Marshall said.

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