to Aug 11

A Distance Nearer Home by Melanie Parent

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Artist Melanie Parent was afraid to step out of her front door, afraid to see what lay beyond her driveway, what was happening down her road.  She struggled with fear and anxiety and barely left her house for several years.  Her husband gave her a camera, and with it came the courage to use her Art to reframe the world of her Northwest Louisiana home in a way that she hopes will help others see this part of the world differently—warmer and more honestly.  On Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Parent invites you to muster the courage to step in to distant places nearer your Northwest Louisiana Home—abandoned farm houses, forgotten front porches, snow in the deep ruts of a field, even empty grocery store aisles—and join her at ARTSPACE at 708 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport for the opening of, A Distance Nearer Home.

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to Jun 30

Getting There by Julie Crews

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, May 31  -   5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Getting There is a very different solo show for Julie Crews, whose previous exhibitions have often included the “things” of her everyday life as a mother of five—children’s toys, dum dum suckers or a rack of clothes from a shopping trip. Intimate glimpses into her personal life! This is an exhibition dominated by portraits and the landscapes or the roads that lead to them.

“”I hope this exhibition of tiny portraits of people who intersect my life will help people reflect on the relationships in their lives; help people think about the head space and the heart space that we devote to one another,” said Crews. “These paintings are about spending time at the canvas with individuals on my terms and finding out what those persons say within me,” added Crews.

Getting There by Artist Julie Crews opens Thursday, May 31 in CoolSpace upstairs at artspace and runs until June 30, 2018.

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to Aug 11

Artists Studios @ artspace Exhibition

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Most Artists “live their work,” but we all need balance in our lives—a LITTLE SPACE or separation between work and all the rest. An Artists’ studio is where the magic happens--the conjuring place for new Art. This Summer, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) has awarded six artists another opportunity to create their own studio space in artspace to create, work, demonstrate and SELL their art to the public.

featuring: John Daniel • Kirsi-Marja Hardy • Madeline Marak • Paige Powell •Sherry Tamburo • Mike Torma
May 31 - August 11, 2018

Experience artists as they work in a collaborative, yet individual setting, in artspace to both demonstrate and experience how working in a downtown artist studio environment can be.

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, May 31
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Tunes by Twang Darkly
Cool nibbles & cash bar
Free Admission!!!

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to May 7

The Big SCENE! featuring the Texas Avenue Makers Fair

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It’s Back! The team-up of the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and SPAR return to bring you the BIG SCENE! This year the Legendary Lou Wells will curate live music performances all day!  Artists have signed up to "Create in the Common" artworks that will be produced live.  Join us for Makers Fair shopping, Food Truck Eating, Live Music listening, Wild Bird Watching and Holiday in Dixie Parading all in one day of free fun!

This is a FREE event that goes from 10:00am - 5:00pm on the 800-900 Block of Texas Avenue.

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to May 5

Critical MASS 6

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Exhibition Opening:  
Friday, March 2
5:30 PM - 8 PM

Critical MASS returns with over 150 entries of Visual and Literary art in our annual exhibition. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Critical Mass 6 combines critique, creativity and community building through an explosion of art, entertainment and literature. Nowhere will artistic energy be greater March 2 through May 5, 2018 than on two full floors of artspace in downtown Shreveport when Critical Mass 6 debuts with art from almost 150 visual and literary artists from across Northwest Louisiana (NWLA).

Critical Mass is an annual, Open Invitational Exhibition and Critic Series. It is designed to advance professionalism in the Arts in Northwest Louisiana through a system of formal critique. Nationally acclaimed critics are curated by Robert L. Pincus, Ph.D., who is a contributor to Art News, Art in America, and The Wall Street Journal. Each critic reviews visual and literary art and names a “Best of Show” winner in each category. Each winner receives a $2,000 cash prize to support a solo Exhibition/Presentation produced in artspace several months later.

Critical Mass 6 is a pivotal part of a deliberately planned Arts Ecosystem in NWLA. Beginning in 1976, SRAC starting working to form an intersection—a link—among art programming in the region. This ecosystem starts with Arts in Education for ECE through K-12 with the ArtBreak Festival and continues with the development of a NWLA Artist Directory, an Artist Entrepreneurial Training series, arts markets, artist commissions and quarterly UNscene events which pair national artists with regional artists for innovative creativity.

Alicia Eler will serve as Visual Arts Critic for Critical Mass 6. Eler is visual art critic/arts reporter for the Minneapolis “Star Tribune” and is the author of The Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Se, Consent, and Culture. Her cultural criticism and reporting are published in the Guardian, GLAMOUR, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine, CNN, LA Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, New Inquiry, Hyperallergic, Aperture, MAXIM, Art21 Magazine and Artforum.

Ann Fisher-Wirth is this year’s Critical Mass 6 Literary Arts Critic. Fisher is a poet and professor at the University of Mississippi and has many books to her credit. Her newest book is entitled, Mississippi, and features her poems with photograph by Maude Schuyler Clay. Fisher is also the coeditor of The Ecopoetry Anthology.

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to Feb 17


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Artists Lisandra T Di Liberto BrownEric Francis and Wil Brown have been chosen to take on the walls of artspace in an exhibition titled On The Wall. This is the first exhibition where artists are painting large-scale artworks directly on the walls of the mainspace floor of artspace. 

Beginning Thursday, January 11, the public is invited to watch the artists' work in progress from the window Parish Taceaux.

“On the Wall” at artspace is open all day (Jan 20), noon to 6:00 p.m., and golf carts will take you to and from the Central ARTSTATION and artspace. 

Celebrate with Downtown Shreveport on January 20, 2018, from noon to 6:00 p.m. with a walking or golf cart tour of the 20 framed blankets. Return to ARTSTATION and the Engine Room to hear performances from “AS IS” and “UNTIL” by Nick Cave, enjoy food truck offerings and hot cider. Then meet the artists and tour the newest artspace exhibition opening of “ON THE WALL” beginning at 4:00 p.m. The framed blankets are a permanent installation throughout the Shreveport Common neighborhood and can be toured complete with audio performances of the history and creation of the blankets on your own anytime by downloading the FREE Shreveport Common App. UNcommon, UNparallelled, and UNSCENE!

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5:30 PM17:30

Artist Gathering


Mark your calendar for THURSDAY, January 11, 5:30 pm, at the Central ARTSTATION, to learn more and get connected to the next opportunities provided through the Shreveport Regional Arts Council!

Opportunities Include:


CRITICAL MASS 6, the invitational exhibition welcoming all Northwest Louisiana Visual, Literary, and Performing Artists


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5:30 PM17:30

Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack B. Bedell Reading


Jack B. Bedell is currently a Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collection is Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems published by Texas Review Press (a member of the Texas A&M Press Consortium). His work has appeared in the Southern Review, Hudson Review, Southern Quarterly, and Terrain.org. He was recently appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana State Poet Laureate, 2017-2019. In addition, he has worked with the LEH’s award-winning PRIME TIME Family Literacy Program as a storyteller and continues to promote the writing of his fellow Louisianans.

Dr. Bedell’s presentation is open to the public and is free of charge. 
5:30 pm – Meet and Greet with the Louisiana Poet Laureate
6:00 pm – Poetry Reading and Q & A with the Poet
7:00 pm – Conversation with potential Caddo Parish Poet Laureate applicants
7:00 pm – Presentation/Q&A for other opportunities: CRITICAL MASS 6 and $1,000 ARTISTS’ TRAVEL GRANTS

The Arts are an essential part of life in Caddo Parish; poetry provides a unique form of expression, analysis, interpretation of life. The Parish of Caddo seeks to recognize and engage an outstanding Poet to be named the Poet Laureate for Caddo Parish. The process for selection of the Poet Laureate will be administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC). SRAC is a catalyst for participation, education, development, and promotion of excellence in the Arts and supports established arts organizations, nurtures emerging arts organizations, and assists individual artists. Individual artists are the lifeblood of the Arts.

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2:00 PM14:00

Wet Felt Ornament Making with Sherry Tamburo

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Calling all kids and adults of all ages!!! Fabric artist Sherry Tamburo will be teaching a felt making class at artspace in Santa's Workshop on Saturday December 16. In this class Sherry will be teaching how to use wet felt to create Holiday Ornaments or a festive felt bracelet/cuff. Sign up now, because spots are running out.

Ages 10+
Signup Here!

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1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Caricatures Pt. 2 by Hannah Roark!

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Last week was such a great turnout, we're doing it again!!! 

Everyone has that Santa photo op, but only artspace takes it a step further to have your little one drawn with ol Kris Kringle. Sign your child up now for a Caricature with Santa! Local artist Hannah Roark will be at artspace from 1-3pm on Saturday December 9 bringing a little Holiday cheer by illustrating your little one paired with an illustration of Santa. Great for Holiday Cards and family newsletters!!!
Seating is extremely limited so sign up now!

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6:00 PM18:00

Merry Mixology Cocktail Course at artspace

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For Ages 21+ 
Adults are invited to imbibe on this holiday adventure of cocktails as Master Mixologist Jason Lurchy teaches 4 festive drink recipes at artspace.
1. Champagne cocktail – The French ‘77
2. Martini - Chocolate Peppermint Martini
3. Pre-Prohibition Cocktail – Classic Old Fashioned
4. Dessert Drink – Bluebell Nuts & Berries

These recipes are guaranteed to make the sourest humbug jolly! All liquor and mixing utensils will be provided. Just bring yourself (and a friend)!!!

The class is from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at artspace on December 7.
$40/person or $70/couple
Purchase here!

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