Saturday, July 18, 2015
Exporting Shreveport art: see work by C. Mark Burt, Joshua Chambers, Ellen Soffer in Dallas and New Orleans
A new wave of North Louisiana artists is scoring outside of Shreveport-Bossier. Mark Burt has won places in upcoming shows in Dallas, at the RO2 Gallery, and New Orleans, at the Ogden Museum. Painters Joshua Chambers and Ellen Soffer will join Burt in a group show at the RO2 Gallery in Dallas.
Sculpture by Burt and photographs by Hannah Cooper McCauley, of Ruston, will be in the spotlight on an auspicious event: White Linen Night in the New Orleans arts district. The annual event is mobbed by people dressed to celebrate style, wine and art.
"On the first Saturday evening in August, four blocks of Julia Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for a three-hour, New Orleans-style block party. The White Linen Night event, Aug 1, is free and open to the public," says neworleansonline.com. Attendees "are encouraged – but not required – to wear as much white attire as they can, and get into the intended spirit of the event."
At the near Julia St Ogden Museum of Southern Art the August show is called the Louisiana Contemporary and it includes 2 pieces of Burt's latest sculpture, "Cuddle Doobie 1" and "Cuddle Doobie 3." Also included in the show of what might be called 100 of the most stimulating artists in Louisiana are 2 photos by Hannah Cooper McCauley, of Ruston. Her work is on display at the Bossier Arts Council's Emerging Artists Gallery in an exhibit that continues to July 31.
In Dallas the Ro2 Gallery has a stimulating roster of artists working in intriguing contemporary formats. The annual July group show, Chaos, features "a curated exhibition of small works featuring over 100 Ro2 Artists and guests," says Jordan Roth, who adds, "The show consists of work in virtually every medium – all presented on an intimate scale." And one may spy work by Shreveport-based Burt, Chambers and Soffer amongst the multitude. The Chaos party is Sat, August 1, 7-10pm
www.Ro2Art.com 110 N Akard St, Dallas: 214.803.9575.
"Beginning July 25, selections from the show can be viewed on the galleries Artsy page at www.artsy.net/ro2-art," says Roth.