Thursday, June 12, 2008

Open Air Art Show

Katee's photo in front of 600 Common street
A muse normally inspires the artist. This time the artist, pastelist Alice Cody, is the muse. Saturday is the debut of the Ark-La-Tex Open Air Art Show. Ralph Cody created the venue for his wife Alice and other area artists. He’s expecting around 20 artists to vend their work under the shade of the covered parking area at the Credit Bureau of the South.

Ralph is retired from the Air Force. But during his career travels around the world he enjoyed visiting the open-air markets. “I saw the need for a place for local artists to show their work,” said Ralph. That is how this downtown grass-roots effort came about. Members of the Shreveport Pastel Society, The Shreveport Art Club and West Edge Artists’ Co-op plan to show their work.

For those who might ask does this compete with the Farmers’ Market? WEACo founder Debbie Buchanan-Engle said, “It’s good to have a variety of things happening in downtown Shreveport.”

Saturday June 14 (and every second Saturday of the month)
8 AM – 6 PM
600 Common Street
Free to artists and the public. Artists need to bring their own displays.
Ralph Cody 318 458-5064 or

1 comment:

trudeau said...

Thanks, Kathryn for a cool story. West Edge did an outdoor art sale or two, I remember. But we've had little enough such activity. I like the idea that it may be all paintings and little in the way of crafts.