Kate Archer Kent

Skateboarding icon Steve Olson is in the midst of a six-week artist residency with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. The Los Angeles-based artist is crafting a "skateable sculpture" that will be installed in downtown’s Shreveport Common.

“It’s going to be unbelievable, and you’re going to have the first 'skateable sculpture' in Shreveport of this kind," Olson said, his mad scientist hair at home in a gritty downtown Shreveport studio where the sculpture is taking shape.

Two wood sculptures by Northwestern State University art professor Michael Yankowski have received honorable mention in the Design in Wood Exhibition under way in Del Mar, Calif. His sculpture, "Spiritus," will be included in Art Melt, set for July 14 in Baton Rouge.

Friends of Historic Nacogdoches

Friends of Historic Nacogdoches will put on a one-woman play bringing to life the writings of Karle Wilson Baker. She was a prolific poet of the 1920s and 1930s who lived in Nacogdoches. A bronze statue of Baker will be erected in downtown Nacogdoches this fall. The fund raiser titled "Karle Wilson Baker: A Writer's Life" will be held May 18 and 19 at Cole Art Center.