Friday, February 02, 2007

Charles Lovelace: images of Allendale at Barnwell Center

The new show at Barnwell Art & Garden Center is called Kindred Sprits, says director Freda Powell. Work by artists Jane Heggen, Charles Lovelace and Walter Coatney fills 2 rooms at the center.

Heggens' acrylic paintings portray local people and each has a story.
Coatney works in a variety of media, including paint, paper and cement. Lovelace has paintings of local life. Both Lovelace and Coatney are keeping alive the folk art of model house building.

Lovelace has made an important contribution to local musical history by presenting a model of Palace Park, a restaurant and nightclub whose heyday was the 1930's and 1940's. Jazz and R n B stars played to the black side of Shreveport in this Allendale social center.

One day I'd like to write more about Palace Park. Those of you with stories about the performers and customs of Palace Park might give me a call at 318-861-6809.

Barnwell Center
601 Clyde Fant Parkway
Closed Mondays
10am until 4:00pm, Tue-Fri
10am until 5pm, Sat
1pm until 5pm, Sun

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