Monday, July 30, 2012

Building a brand new event, bolstering brainiacs: Digifest Forum onTues, July 31, 6 pm, explains DigiFest South event, Sept 7 - 9

Digifest Postcard by trudeau
Digifest Postcard, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

DigiFest South will include a digital art exhibition by student and independent artists, a tech expose, Phenom Film Festival, Game Jam, TED talks, and other activites for all ages, says Clint McCommon. It also includes a career fair featuring cutting edge companies and educational institutions.

To answer questions that artists, companies, or potential volunteers may have about the first-time event, BAC will hold a DigiFest Forum on Thursday, July 31st at 6pm at their headquarters: 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA.

More on Bossier Arts Council and DigiFest at or at 741-8310.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Artspace "Oh, Really" exhibit travels to Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas; will include new work in oil from Talbot Hopkins

In 2011 Shreveport painters Talbot Hopkins and Laura Noland-Harter were joined by Phyllis J Pease, Manhattan Kansas, in a show at Artspace Shreveport curated by a long-time friend and Artspace artistic director William Joyce

The show, entitled "Oh, Really," for the painters' penchant for realism, has traveled to the Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Kansas. 

It will be on display Aug 3 to Sept 15. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Open House at CC Hardman Co Art Supplies and Framing's new location, 3309Line Ave, Shreveport, former site of Earthereal Restaurant, on Fri,July 27, 4 to 6 pm

An Open House on Fri, July 27, 4 to 6 pm, marks the official opening of CC Hardman Co. at the new shop, 33 09 Line Ave, Shreveport.

"We were way overdue to move," admitted Ralph Hardman, 4th-generation owner of CC Hardman Co. Having been on Texas St for some 75 years, the building in which Hardman has been located was purchased by architect Kevin Bryan, said Cynthia Hardman.

The new Hardman Co location is the former site of Earthereal Restaurant. Chef John and Katie Koellen recently retired and closed the landmark eatery.

Hours are 9 to 5:30, M - Fri. Sat is 9 to noon. Telephone remains the same: 318 221 5189.

Let it be noted that the safest and most capacious parking area is at the back of the shop.

Connecting art buyers with capable young painters: see party at Gallery Fine Art Center on Thurs, July 26, 6 - 8 pm, for Chambers.Reans.Slaughter exhibit

Pool Party: by trudeau
Pool Party:, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Three serious young painters open a show at Gallery Fine Arts Center on Thurs, July 26. They are Joshua Chambers, Tony Reans and Joey Slaughter.

Their canvasses are witty, colorful and collectible. They have paid dues in development via shows and reviews and in working through various phases of artistic development.

Meet the artists on Thurs evening, 6 to 8 pm.

Gallery Fine Art Center is in Airline Plaza at 2151 Airline Drive, Suite 200. They are adjacent to Monjunis and 2Johns Restaurant.

(318) 741-9192

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

jmarie living debuts home decor line at Remington Suites Hotel party, 6pm, Thurs, July 26, 220 Travis St, Shreveport

www.jmarieliving by trudeau
www.jmarieliving, a photo by jmarieliving on Flickr.

"Inspired by nature, Shreveport native Jennifer Marie brings a combination of bold, chic, urban pizzazz and an international flair to her line of home accents," says the young designer.

See a preview of her custom pillows, lighting, furniture, mirrors & home d├ęcor at the J.Marie Living Launch Party, 6 p.m. July 26, at the Remington Suites Hotel, 220 Travis St., Shreveport.

Having watched her career develop I can add that Jennifer Marie is young Shreveport at its best. Well-educated, well-spoken, ethical and anxious to please, you will find this designer to be a persuasive guide to classic good taste.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Ten hits of the 60's to 80's on which the bassist was Shreveport native Joe Osborn

Joe Osborn by oneeyeddogblues
Joe Osborn, a photo by oneeyeddogblues on Flickr.

"Many bassists strive to have that one hit song, but Joe Osborn has more chart-topping records than he can even keep track of," writes Kevin Johnson at

"His signature tone – achieved with flatwound strings and a pick – underpins an overwhelming number of pop, rock, and country hits from the ’60s through the ’80s, and his resume reads like a who’s who of music history."

Descriptions of his 10 top sessions - along with sound clips - comprise a lesson in American pop culture. Today, he told Johnson, he is "continuing work with Richard Carpenter, producing up and coming guitarist Matthew Davidson, and writing a memoir."

Osborn photo by Barbara Beaird.

The Esoteric Tradition of Tattoos: images from the most serious practitioners, Shreveport and Bossier, at minicine? on Sat, July 28, 8pm

The Esoteric Tradition of Tattoos exhibit

"You are cordially invited to attend an exhibition highlighting the art and the artists who honor the timeless and often sacred tradition of tattooing," says Micah Harold.

LIve music: Stolen Pills of Monroe, LA, and Dankhdjinn of Shreveport.

Peter Fetterman will perform with fire.

Shops & Artists Exhibiting:

Fortune and Glory Tattoo Parlor
James Clements
John Bentrup
Matt Grisham
Micah Harold

Skull and Bones
Levi Hilton
Colby Gillespie

Body Electric
Sizer Yerger

Shipwreck Tattoos
Bruce “Horikurohige” Morgan

Nakatosh Tattoo Co.
Maximalion Tucker

Let’s Buzz -Bergen, Norway
Sandy Brudvik (hometown: Shreveport)
Christine Horvei
Jannike Weise-Hansen
Annalaug Maria Tolo

Doors Open at 8 PM
$5 Suggested Donation

846 Texas Avenue

Monday, July 23, 2012

Emily Mwakitawa as Aida @ Emmett Hook Center, Shreveport, in the StageCenter production running from Th, Aug 2 to Sun, Aug 5

Emily Mwakitawa as Aida by trudeau
Emily Mwakitawa as Aida, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

The winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida embraces exuberant dancing, staging and singing.

Directed by Jared Watson, with choreography by Roshanda Spears, and musical direction by Costas Dafnis.

Aida is Emily Mwakitawa (returning from her new home of New York City), Seth Taylor is Radames, and Missy Wise is Amneris.

Supporting players are Thomas Keys (Mereb), Don McCoy (Zoser), Jori Jackson (Nehebka), Herman Johnson (Amonosro), and John Goddard (Pharoah).

Ensemble members Delia Caldwell, Madeline Hiers, Elissa Little, Kezia Pigford, Misty Shadd, Tianna Williams, Tierra Williams, Will Callahan, Paul Savage, Gentry Williams, Barbara Holmes, Mary King, Reaiah Kirkendoll, and Eve Mwakitawa.

Thurs, Aug 2, Fri, Aug 3, & Sat, Aug 4 @ 7:30pm. Sun, Aug 5 @ 3pm
318.218.9978 All performances at Emmett Hook Center, First United Methodist Church, Shreveport.

$20.00 – $15.00 –
Student Rush for College and High School students with valid I.D., 5 minutes prior to curtain, for $10.00, cash only. 1 ticket per I.D.

Meet actress Emily Mwakitawa in a series of Stage Center videos.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"Mr. Morris Lessmore," "Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle" and "King Crawfish and T-Galop" to be screened at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum beginning at 11 am, Sat, July 21

Catch a screening of The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore and Q&A led by Moonbot Studios artists Joe Bluhm and John Durbin, Sat, July 21, 11 am, at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 3015 Greenwood Road, Shreveport.

The event will conclude, says Sara Hebert, with a demonstration of the IMAG•N•O•TRON, an augmented reality iPad/iPhone app companion to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore picture book, a New York Times bestseller.

The Blum-Durbin screening is part of the museum's “Remember in Shreveport When…” program.

Also to be screened on Sat:

· Allison Bohl and Conni Castille’s King Crawfish and T-Galop

· Al and Allison Bohl’s Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle

· A re-issue of "Tarzan of the Apes"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Digifest South deadline for artistic submissions is July 31; festival takes place Sept 7 - 9 at Bossier Civic Center

DSC02962_2 by trudeau
DSC02962_2, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

DigiFest South will showcase, says Clint McCommon, digital art genres including, but not limited to:
3D Design and Animation
CG Animation
Digital Photography
Digital Sculpture (robotics)
Digital Sound and Music
Digital Video and Film
Graphic Design and Motion Graphics
Mechanical and Architectural Design

DigiFest is a start up event which will attract world class companies and experts who specialize in state of the art media. These include Academy Award Winner Moonbot Studios, Twin Engine Labs, Blade Studios, Worldwide FX, the Cyber Innovation Center, Venyu, and more.

See applications for artists ($10 per entry) and vendors at

The late Kitty Wells, the Hayride and Elvis in Tillman Franksautobiography, "I Was There When It Happened"

Kitty Wells has died at the age of 92, writes Bruce Flett.

She was the first woman country music star and spent some of her most productive and formative years in Shreveport.

Kitty was married to Johnny Wright, of Jimmy and Johnny , the country duo who were regulars at Shreveport's Louisiana Hayride as far back as 1948.

Louisiana legend J D Miller of Crowley wrote a song that was an "answer" to Hank Thompson's hit "Wild Side of Life." Kitty Wells recorded that song by Miller, which was, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." It went to #1 in 1952 - the first #1 hit in Country music by a woman.

In 1954, Jimmy and Johnny got an offer for $500 (big money back then) to perform in Colorado. They were booked at the Hayride that same night, so their manager, Tillman Franks, tried to line up a suitable replacement.

Tillman was in Memphis and had heard about this teenager that was a local sensation. Thus it was that Elvis Presley's first performance in Shreveport - October 16, 1954 - was as a replacement for Jimmy and Johnny.

Editor's note: If you like regional music history, I recommend joining the witty email blast from musician-historian Bruce Flett called Port Cities Museletter. Reach him at

DOUG DAVIDSON – Star (Of My Teenage Dream) (MOA, 1959)

Announcing a new post over at the Shreveport Songs blog...

On July 17, 2012, Margaret Lewis will be feted by the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau (aka the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation) at the New Orleans Mint.  Details of this show/interview can be found on the Ponderosa Stomp website, along with a few informative posts on their blog, plus a video overview of Lewis’ rich musical career.  Check the link below to navigate to these sources.

Lewis and her sister, Rose, sang backup vocals on a handful of 45’s recorded in Shreveport in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s.  In some instances, the record labels contained credits identifying “the Lewis Sisters.”  Today’s offering does not, though its flipside does…just to make things complicated and inconsistent.  Credit or no credit, the Lewis sisters can be heard underneath the scratches on both sides of this record.  Here’s the side I prefer – “Star (Of My Teenage Dream).”

For the rest of the story about musician Margaret Lewis and audio from "Star (Of My Teenage Dream)" see:

Monday, July 16, 2012

Young artists who happen to be women and somehow call themselves Omen Art to present work at minicine?, Thurs, July 19, 7 pm

A recently formed women's art collective, Omen Art, is preparing to present their inaugural exihibition, says Camille Gladney. It is a show focusing on the heart of young-womanhood and the female body-image, and the experience of its many forms.

Featuring the short film "CONTROL" by guest artist Erin Zerbe ( as well as the following artists of OMEN ART:

Kelly Beresko, Liz Jackson, Hanna Hillman, Carrie Jones, Kelsey McClure, Danielle Miller, Mallori Brandon-Ezell, Chrissy Wise, Rachel McDonald, Allison West

Sophie Bridel, Kelly Beresko, Lesli Hillman, Camille Gladney, Christy Kirkley, Brittney Maddox, Amy Lynn Treme, Raiven Williams

Liz Jackson, Lizzie Drexler, and the women of Omen Art

Amy Lynn Treme, Raiven Williams, Camille Gladney, Chrissy Wise, Songbird

Omen Art Presents: The Collective Debut
July 19th, 7PM at minicine? 846 Texas Avenue, Shreveport LA 71101
Suggested donation: $5.00

For more info, please e-mail or phone Chrissy Wise (318) 470-5074 or Liz Jackson at (318) 773-8762.

Artist as Entrepreneur workshops on SRAC agenda: "Artists, what do you need by way of development?"

"SRAC and the Arts Council of New Orleans are going to customize ACNO's award-winning artist entrepreneurial training program to fit what you need," says Wendy Benscoter to NW La artists.

"Our artists need to say they want so that the program suits them."

To express their thoughts artists should go to

Saturday, July 14, 2012

After five decades of Connell life on the shore of Lake Bistineau, Louisiana, the Clyde Connell house is vacant

Bryan Connell, son of artist Clyde Connell and long-time household keeper for Clyde, has moved. He will reside near his daughter, Kay Colvin, outside Edmond, Okla. His relocation, in July, 2012, brings to an end the Connell family life in the cottage on the edge of Lake Bistineau after five decades. Clyde and husband TD Connell moved there in 1959.

Several major pieces of Clyde's art that have been part of the furnishings of her house have been donated to the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum (LSEM), Shreveport.

In the photo above are LSEM curator Nita Cole and Clyde's nephew, Dr. Pat Sewell, a neighbor on Lake Bistineau and also an artist. Also on hand for the art transit was LSEM director Wayne Waddell.

The piece being moved is the large and early "Swamp Song." This version features raised-wall enclosures fashioned from brown paper and glue. Some of the corral-like enclosures contain segments of cork from wine bottles. The surface of the piece is covered with automatic writing script in black paint. Additional pieces of light-colored torn paper punctuate the surface.

Connell created a large number of pieces on brown paper as she transitioned from her versions of the image of the lake ("Lake Verticals," her wavy-line logo, etc) to her hieroglyphic depictions of the sounds that surrounded the lake.

This "Swamp Song" was signed "Clyde Connell." Evidently she had not yet developed her cartouche-enclosed "CC" signature.

Waddell has been successful in reviving funding and activity at LSEM, the history and art center on Greenwood Rd, the Fairgrounds, Shreveport. It is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and on the National Register of Historic Places. Devotees of Connell will certainly appreciate LSEM as a new site for the preservation of the Connell legacy.

Please see images of moving day at Also, a source for background and news relating to the honored Louisiana artist is

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hoover Watercolor Society art at Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas St, Shreveport; reception Sat, July 14, 4 to 6 pm

"This exciting exhibit features fantastic artwork from members of the Hoover Watercolor Society," says Rachel Hill.

"With dozens of pieces in a variety of mediums, there's only one thing that ties this group of compositions together--maybe you'll figure it out when you see them!"

"Artwork is for sale," continues the wry Ms Hill, "and is breathtakingly affordable."

Refreshments will be served.

Norsworthy Gallery
214 Texas Street, Shreveport

Louisiana Film Prize viewing and voting weekend in downtown Shreveport: Oct 5 through 7, 2012

"Audience voting will determine half of the points needed to win the Louisiana Film Prize," says Cazes Verbois.

"The top 20 movies, all from 5 mins to a maximum of 15 mins in length, will be screened at 2 locations on the weekend of Oct 5 - 7: Robinson Film Center and minicine, which is at 846 Texas Ave."

"An Official Jury, made up of artists, critics, writers, filmmakers, and educators views the public exhibition programs and award points to the films. Those points count for 50% of the final tally towards the winning film," continues Verbois.

"The other 50% of the final vote comes from the audience by popular decision. Any registered attendee may vote using their uniquely numbered voting band. A voting band is acquired with the purchase of a festival pass."

The festival, a project initiated by Kathy Melancon and Gregory Kallenberg, also promises to inundate Shreveport in creative film marketing on the first weekend in Oct.

They have decreed that, "We encourage filmmakers to bring their friends, family, and anyone they can find on the street to buy a ticket to the LA Film Prize Weekend and vote for their film. We encourage the finalists to hold parties, pass out fliers, grab people off the street. It’s up to you, but the more people that vote for your film, the more likely you are to win."

Monday, July 09, 2012

Kallenberg follows successful " Haynesville" with "Rational Middle Energy Series" on the future of energy; screening and panel at SciPort on Wed, July 11, 5:30 to 8 pm

Having won awards and plaudits for the movie "Haynesville" - an invitation to present a TED talk and a presentation at the Aspen Ideas Conference - Gregory Kallenberg has positioned himself to lead thinking about energy usage.

At SciPort on Wed, July 11, 5:30 to 8 pm, he will host a reception, screening of excerpts from his new work, "The Rational Middle Energy Series" and a panel on energy planning.

It is hard to gainsay his mantra: "Energy is complicated. Let's make our own future."

See you there.

Free and open to the public.