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 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 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 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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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
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to Jan 6

Holidaze shopping at artspace!

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NOVEMBER 25, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Holidaze features one-of-a-kind gifts created by Northwest Louisiana Artists selected to show and sell works in artspace.  You’ll find UNexpected and UNcommon gifts of fine art this season to give you peace on earth rather than the hustle and bustle of wandering the mall.  Bring the kids to Santa’s workshop for hands-on activities happening throughout the holiday season, and drop off your letters to Santa in his Mailbox!

Featuring:  Bruce Allen
Thomas Baird
Lisandra Di Liberto Brown
Marilyn Couch
Megan Davis Taylor
Linda Dickson
Connie Stephens-Eaton
Nancy Ferrari
Aly Fletcher
Cayla Flynn
Donna Chance Hall
Julie Glass
Dorothy Kristin Hanna
Talbot Hopkins
Hooshang Khorasani
Karen La Beau
Thomas Little
Tracy McComic
Art Nerio
Larry Sanchez
Donna Strebeck
Leland Strebeck
Sherry Tamburo
Whitney Tates
Jennifer Vasquez
Lauri Wallace

Holiday Hours:
Wednesdays   11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursdays   11:00am - 8:00pm
Fridays   11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturdays   11:00am - 6:00pm
Sundays   11:00am - 3:00pm

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Carve Your Hearts Out!

Bring the family to create spooktacular pumpkins (just in time for Pumpkin Shine on Line). Three carving demonstrations will be led by artist Bruce Allen. Or... gild your gourd at our pumpkin painting station! Pumpkins provided by the Great Pumpkin Potentate, Santa Maria Produce.
Carving $20/Pumpkin
Painting $10/Pumpkin
Pumpkin & Supplies are included!

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11:00 AM11:00

FX'ed Up! Makeup and Prosthetic Class


Have big Halloween party plans, but you don't know where to start with your makeup? Scare and impress your friends with special effects makeup taught by F/X Master Douglass Cobb, owner of Mad Cow Masks and co-owner ofNecroManor Haunted House! This workshop will teach you how to get exceptional resuiolts from common Halloween makeup items! Basic makeup kit is included in the price for this two-hour workshop. Bring a friend and get your ghoul on! Sign up today! There is limited seating.
Admission $30/person

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to Nov 4

InGraved Exhibition


InGRAVED adds to the macabre atmosphere with visual, literary and performance work by more than 50 Northwest Louisiana artists’ who toured the 100-year-old Forest Park Cemetery with historian John Andrew Prime. 

Mr. Robert C. Lomison, CEO and Chairman of Forest Park Cemeteries & Funeral Home is the sponsor of the coolspace evening exhibition InGRAVED.  Judges will award Cash Prizes to artists participating in the exhibition. These awards include Best of Show, three Best of Discipline for Visual, Literary and Performance, three “Juror’s Choice” in Visual, Literary and Performance, a People’s Choice (Plan to vote all month) and an Artist’s Choice Award.

Exhibition opens:  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 pm Best in Show Award Ceremony
Cool Nibbles & Cash Bar
General Admission $10 -  Military ID/Children $8

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Sponsored by
Mr. Robert C. Lomison
CEO & Chairman
Forest Park Cemeteries & Funeral Home

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6:00 PM18:00

First & Only 2017 Glitter Zombie Apocalypse Ball


Opening NIGHT
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
artspace invites you to enter the weird, wacky Halloween world of William Joyce and get your glitter on with other ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Do the Monster Mash in MainSpace and belt out your best Scare-e-okie!

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm   
InGraved Exhibition
Best in Show Awards

7:00 pm - 10:00 PM
The First & Only 2017
Glitter Zombie Apocalypse Ball
8:30 pm Scare-e-okie
Skeletal Snacks - Jello Shots - Cash Bar

Only the UnDead Don’t Come In Costume!

FREE PARKING across the street after 5:00PM
General Admission $10  -  Military ID $8

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Academy Award-Winning animator, artist and author William Joyce weaves a web of Halloween magic at artspace Shreveport this October with his collection of stupendous spiders, spine tingling skeletons, spooky skulls and generally scary stuff from his Halloween parties that Martha Stewart once featured on her show. The Shreveport Regional Arts Council invites you to enter the weird, wacky Halloween world of William Joyce and get your glitter on with other ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Do the Monster Mash in MainSpace and belt out your best Scare-e-okie for a $10 admission fee with a cash bar.

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Nepalese Luncheon with M Douglas Walton

Join artspace and artist M Douglas Walton for a Nepalese-inspired lunch catered by Southern Fork. $30/person

Nepalese-indian Buffet Menu
Heirloom Tomato Salad | Cucumbers | Chickpeas | Mint
Roti | Tomato & Sesame Chutney | Coriander Chutney
Spice Roasted Potato & Cauliflower | Aloo Gobi Style
Basmati Rice | Cardamom | Ghee
Chatpata Chicken | Tomato | Yogurt | Ginger
Water & Unsweet Tea

Artist Lunch by Southern Fork Catering
Friday, September 11:30am - 1:00pm

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to Sep 30

Quake in Paradise - Echoes of Nepal

Paintings of M Douglas Walton

To the Nepalese people, the elephant is the spirit carrier. On April 25, 2015, Nepal experienced the most catastrophic earthquake of its history. Avalanches careened down Mt. Everest, terraced farms and livestock were decimated and ancient temples crumbled to dust, but the elephants remained. 

Northwest Louisiana Artist M Douglas Walton was preparing to cross the Friendship Bridge into Tibet when the earth began to shake under him. August 31, 2017, Walton will bring his memories of that transformational experience and the beauty and light that he discovered to life through a spectacular exhibition of his paintings. The Friendship Bridge, a blue tarp village, rose petals placed carefully along a path by Nepalese children and the spirit carriers--the elephants--will all be powerfully illustrated through latex paint, vinyl, duct tape and tissue paper on Walton’s canvasses. 

Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibition premiering at artspace in downtown Shreveport August 31.

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to Sep 30

Vicarious Trauma by Raluca Iancu

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Raluca Iancu, a Ruston artist, will exhibit “Vicarious Trauma” upstairs in CoolSpace @ artspace. Iancu’s art explores disaster, tragedy, memory and vulnerability. The focus of her artspace exhibition will be the installation piece, “It’s Not Easy to Stop a Train.” This is immersive art that presents the viewer with a chance to “step into” one compartment of a crashed long distance passenger train and experience catharsis. Iancu hopes the audience will view the installation from the perspective of both spectator and victim, with attraction and repulsion, as one in control and one forced to submit, as someone wanting to forget versus one who is unable to get the scene out of her mind. Iancu is an international artist who has held residencies in Newfoundland, New York City, Poland and Romania. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Drawing and Printmaking at Louisiana Tech University.

This exhibition will open with M Douglas Walton's QUAKE IN PARADISE: ECHOES OF NEPAL Exhibition on Mainspace.

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5:30 PM17:30

David Bottoms Artist Talk and Critical Review

Literary Art “Best of Show” winner David Bottoms solo exhibition is entitled HOPE AMID MADNESS: Kryzstof Król and The Windows of Wolinska Street. When literary critic David Kipen reviewed Bottom’s story, he commented,” “The young protagonist, Krysztof Krol, becomes the reader’s entree into a period setting so convincingly described that it feels less invented than remembered.” On Thursday, August 17, David speak about his writing and inspirations. David Kipen will review the work via a Skype in conversation.

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InGraved Cemetery Tour (For Artists)

Artists of all media are invited participate in InGraved, a coolspace exhibit, by creating work inspired by 100 years of history, haunts, and hallowed architecture of Forest Park Cemetery. Participating artists are eligible to win cash prizes from $250 - $1,000!! Artists will have a private tour of Forest Park Cemetery with historian John Prime and will have access to 100+ acre cemetery grounds for a day of inspiration and creation. Lunch provided.

• Artists must be registered on the NWLA Directory at
• Work submitted must be created between 8/13/17 and 9/30/17

• Performance work must be 10 minutes or shorter
• Literary work must be submitted in a format that can be displayed on a wall.
• Visual work must be smaller than 6’ x 6’ x 6’; larger works may be accepted at artspace’s discretion

Important Dates:
• Plein Aire Inspiration day at Forest Park Cemetery - Sunday, August 13, 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm
o John Prime will give a tour of Forest Park East Cemetery. John will cover the architectural aspects of the cemetery, notable artists buried there, the plane crash at the lake that took the lives of many of the political and other leaders of Shreveport significantly changing the future of Shreveport, etc. 
You are not required to participate on this date; however, to participate, you must use Forest Park Cemetery as your inspiration for a new work.

• Submit the work to ARTSPACE: August 13 - September 30, 2017
Work due no later than 4:00 pm, Saturday, September 30, 2017

• Opening Night and Presentation of Prizes: Friday, October 13
• Exhibition Dates: Saturday, October 14 - Saturday, November 4

About Forest Park Cemetery:

About John Prime and the tour: 

• John wrote for The Shreveport Times for 40 years. In his words: "I can honestly say I have never worked the same day the same way twice, chasing stories that for many people would constitute a satisfying bucket list. That includes driving a restored World War II tank with a local history and railroad buff, flying a 12-hour mission in a Barksdale B-52, drinking a Foster's lager backstage at Hirsch Coliseum with John Cougar Mellencamp, visiting Lead Belly's grave with Robert Plant and Allen Ginsberg, covering the training of local troops headed to war and, more sadly, covering the loss and funerals of more than a dozen of those fine people since the start of the Global War on Terror."

• John has taken his love and writing into the research and communication of history focusing on the history of Shreveport and the surrounding areas. He has done extensive research on the history of Forest Park Cemetery and many of the people buried there in preparation of a yet to be published book celebrating the first 100 years of the cemetery. Our 100 year anniversary is next year, 2018. I am sure the artists will find his tour very interesting.

• John has agreed to start the tour of the cemetery at 9AM. The length of the tour will depend on the questions asked and the discussion that he has with the group during the tour. I would expect that the tour will be done well before the picnic lunch you are planning. John has agreed to stay through lunch to answer any questions and engage in discussions any of the artists want to have.

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Talbot Hopkins Trudeau - Artist Talk and Critical Review

Visual Art “Best of Show” winner Talbot Hopkins Trudeau’s solo exhibition is entitled THE ESSENCE OF THINGS: The Art of Talbot Hopkins. It includes over 40 works of portraiture and still-life’s with more than 15 pieces of new, never-before seen work by Hopkins-Trudeau created specifically for this show. In her words, “I believe the pieces in this exhibition reflect my love of beauty--especially that found in nature--as well as a subconscious and conscious desire for peace and simplicity.” 

Hear from Talbot about her process and history, and stay to hear from Robert Pincus and his review of Talbot's show.

Artist Talk & Critical Review
Friday, August 11
5:30pm - 8:00pm
FREE @ artspace

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artspace: Music Tale Tuesdays


TUESDAYS:  June 6,     June 13,   June 20,  June 27,   July  11,   July 18,   July 25,     August 1, 2017
10:00 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M.

June 13      I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
June 20      The Day the Crayons Quit
July 11       The Mischevians by William Joyce
July 18       The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors
July 25       Abiyoyo
August 1    The Napping House


Each week Mini-Music makers will join artists at artspace to make instruments and interactive art that will be used in the story. There will be a different theme each week. Mini-music makers can participate in the scavenger hunt exhibit for a fun James Burton prize to be given at the end of the week. 
Cost is $10 per child   (No charge for accompanying adults).

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to Aug 19


Experience THE ESSENCE OF THINGS with the Art of Talbot Hopkins; find HOPE AMID MADNESS with David Bottom’s winning short story; and hear how PoeticX speaks LIGHT into DARK MATTER with his spoken word with the opening of Critical Mass 5 Best of Show Solo Exhibitions debuting Thursday, July 27 in CoolSpace at artspace, 708 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport.

The solo exhibitions will take place during an evening filled with Artists and Performers including Buddy Flett who will perform a guitar tribute to James Burton and the “Master of the Telecaster” Exhibition at artspace.  Admission for all three exhibitions and the Flett performances is $10.

Hopkins, Bottoms and PoeticX were selected as “Best of Show” recipients during the spring “Critical Mass” Exhibition – the annual showcase of all Northwest Louisiana Artists with Critical Review by renowned published Critics.  In its fifth year, Critical Mass 5 drew the largest crowd since its inception in 2013 to view visual, literary and performing art entries from more than 130 of Northwest Louisiana’s most talented artists, all competing for the prestigious “Best of Show” honors.  The “Best of Show” award winners each receive a $2,000 commission to plan and execute a solo show that is reviewed by the original Critics.  The goal is to determine if the qualities that determined the selection of “Best Artwork” among so many participating Artists “holds up” within a full body of work.  

In an article published in the USA Today Network, former literary director for the National Endowment for the Arts and Critical Mass 5 literary critic, David Kipen says:

Shreveport appears to have more good writers per capita than any town I know.  One boy in Poland, trying to make sense of the new Nazi occupation. A younger boy in the American South, getting too old to be sharing a bed with his sister. These very different stories represented two of the strongest literary entries for Critical Mass 5, the ambitious, ongoing project for furthering critical dialogue in the arts, organized by the Shreveport Regional Art Council and artspace.

Lead critic for Critical Mass 5, Robert Pincus, had similar praise for the art being produced in Northwest Louisiana touting the visual variety of the exhibition and saying that audience and participating artists have come to expect a high level of eclecticism from the annual Critical Mass exhibitions sponsored by the Shreveport

Regional Arts Council which “have become a welcome barometer of the variety and substance of the art being produced here.”

It is a difficult process choosing one work as the “best of show” in each of three categories—visual, literary and performing art—but in the end Talbot Hopkins Trudeau with her self-portrait In and Out of the Fire; David Bottoms with his short story, The Windows of Wolinska Street; and Hugh Hamilton or PoeticX performing his spoken word, Keep Hope Alive arose victorious.

On Thursday, July 27, each of these “Best of Show” artists will open a Solo Exhibition at artspace to be further reviewed by Pincus, Kipen and performance art critic Mark Lowry, founder of the Dallas-Ft. Worth based online performance website,

Visual Art “Best of Show” winner Talbot Hopkins Trudeau’s solo exhibition is entitled THE ESSENCE OF THINGS:  The Art of Talbot Hopkins.  It includes 75 works of which more than 17 are new, never-before-seen pieces by Hopkins-Trudeau created specifically for this show and more than 40 are portraits.  In her words, “I believe the pieces in this exhibition reflect my love of beauty--especially that found in nature--as well as a subconscious and conscious desire for peace and simplicity.”  Some of the new works are a black enameled Japanese bowl in a very chiaroscuro setting, a mottled Magnolia leaf painted shades of black and gray, a perfectly round green fall gourd painted twice in two different lights, an exquisitely lighted raku vase created by a late longtime friend, and several abstract pieces.

Literary Art “Best of Show” winner David Bottoms solo exhibition is entitled HOPE AMID MADNESS:  Kryzstof Król and The Windows of Wolinska Street.  For his solo show, Bottoms will exhibit a visual representation of his short story with images as a backdrop to lend atmosphere as well as furniture and an old tube radio reflective of the WWII Polish Resistance era which makes up the plot of his story.  When literary critic David Kipen reviewed Bottom’s story, he commented,” “The young protagonist, Krysztof Krol, becomes the reader’s entree into a period setting so convincingly described that it feels less invented than remembered.”  On Wednesday, August 2 during the Downtown Artwalk from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., David will present a dramatic reading of his story in all of the different characters’ voices.  He hopes that during his reading the audience will be able to enter that historic time with him. David Kipen will review the work via a Skype in conversation.

Performance Art “Best of Show” winner Hugh Hamilton, aka PoeticX has won many awards for the power of his poetry, and recently was a key performer with Soundsuit Artist Nick Cave in the “AS IS” production at the Municipal Auditorium.  Critical Mass 5 Performance critic Mark Lowry, described PoeticX’s performance of his winning, “Keep Hope Alive,” as “exquisite wordplay,” and went on to say that PoeticX “speaks of the political moment and the call to fight and resist. The thought behind each word and punctuation mark is evident in his rhythmic, natural performance.”  Hamilton’s solo show will be the exhibition of a new poem created specifically for this exhibition, LONG LIVE LOUISIANA.  It will be hung as a mural in artspace.  PoeticX will perform a never-before-seen work at the Central ARTSTATION on Thursday, August 10 entitled PHOTOSYNTHESIS.  He hopes that this new piece will take the audience to the “center” of themselves and will speak “light” into “dark matter” through symbolism, mysticism and metaphysics.

Admission to the Critics’ Choice 2017 Solo Exhibitions at artspace, Thursday, July 27 is $10 and includes a performance evening with Buddy Flett on the mainspace floor, cool summer nibbles by Parish Taceaux, and a cash bar.  The Exhibitions open at 5:00 pm; the Buddy Flett guitar concert begins at 7:00 pm. 

Critical Mass 5 critic Robert L. Pincus, Ph.D. will return to Shreveport and artspace on Friday, August 11 for a critical review of Talbot Hopkins Trudeau’s Solo Show and Artist’s talk by Talbot.

On Saturday, August 12, Pincus will provide a portfolio development workshop for Northwest Louisiana Artists from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will provide one on one portfolio reviews from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration is required.  The Critical Mass 5 Solo Exhibition runs through Saturday, August 19.  For more information, visit or call artspace at 318-673-6535.

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Wednesdays Story of the Strings


Wednesdays in June & July
6:00 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M.

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Wednesdays during the Art of the Guitar exhibition, artpsace brings you Stories of the Strings where collectors tell the unique stories of their guitars with “All Y’all” storytelling hosts Chris Jay and Sara Hebert. With 40 guitars on display, there will be stories-a-plenty on Wednesday nights this Summer.

The second floor of artspace features “Guitar Heroes,” where Guitar Collectors exhibit their one of a kind Guitars for display. Some are pure celebrity--autographed by stars like Mick Jagger--and others are delightfully “artistic” such as the mosaic tile Art Guitars or the Cigar Box Guitar that really plays!

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