The Bossier Arts Council will pay tribute to its founding member, Virginia Chevalier Cook, with a retrospective to be displayed at Boomtown Casino’s 1800 Prime Steakhouse. The quarterly event known as WAM (Wine, Art and Music) will feature a collection from Mrs. Cook’s large body of work; as well as, wine and food pairings.
Virginia Chevalier Cook was born and reared in Central Louisiana and has always been drawn to the natural world. The rural environment of her childhood influenced her throughout her long and prolific career. She is a gifted teacher who has taught both children and adults for more than twenty-seven years. She works in acrylics and most of her color pallet is dominated by muted earth tones ranging from rich browns to soft creams. She often works within the scope of the representational and the abstract; which, has resulted in the cultivation of her own unique style. Cook has exhibited her work for 30 years and has award winning pieces in the Louisiana State Capitol, several municipal buildings and private collections throughout the United States.
In addition to her work as a celebrated visual artist, Cook has also served on several boards and advisory committees; such as, the Desert Art Association, Edwards Air Force Base, 1970-1974, and City Arts Programs, with the California Parks and Recreation Department. In 1979 she founded the Bossier Arts Association and in 1980 went on to co-found the Bossier Arts Council. She served as president for the first three years and it was during this time that she attended many local functions in an effort to create visibility and interest in the community. She was instrumental in coordinating a volunteer program and conceived and developed the Spring Art Festival, the Student Art Exhibit and many artists’ workshops.
Virginia Cook’s legacy can be found in the present programing of the Bossier Arts Council, and she remains a fixture there teaching an adult art class each week in the learning annex on the BAC main campus. She is an inspiration to area artists and the Bossier Arts Council staff. Cook’s Boomtown reception will be on February 20, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 at Boomtown’s 1800 Prime Steakhouse, 300 Riverside Dr., Bossier City, LA. Cost is $25 for all you can eat and drink, 21 years and up.
BAC’s Saturday Speaker Series features author Geri G. Taylor
BAC’s Saturday Speaker Series is proud to feature a reading and book signing event for local author, Geri G. Taylor’s newest novel, The Kitchen Dance on February 22 from 2-4 pm at the Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive, Suite 1200.
Geri G. Taylor is a finalist in the Internet’s largest social media competition with her debut novel, The Kitchen Dance
MARSocial, in conjunction with Keeran Vaani Creations International Film Producers, is a competition that is run by authors for the benefit of all the authors who enter. Excerpts of the participants’ book are shared via friends, family and followers on social media throughout the competition. Geri G. Taylor, of Ruston, LA, submitted an excerpt from her debut novel, The Kitchen Dance; a slice of fiction with a serving of mystery, a side order of suspense, a dash of crime and an extra helping of romance for dessert. Her entry can be found at http://marsocial.com/docs/marsocials-author-of-the-year-competition-the-kitchen-dance-g2taylor/
In the final stages of the competition; authors’ chapter excerpts are being tweeted to millions of followers around the world in hopes to claim the coveted Ephraim Prize. On February 1st the winner will announced and they could have the chance to have their work turned into a film adaptation by Keeran Vaani Creations.
According to founder of the competition, Joseph Ephraim or “Cap’n Joe” as he is known online, “Our Aim is to give all our Marzian authors who enter this competition as much maximum exposure via the large social media networking sites as we possibly can.”
“I have really enjoyed being a part of this contest. It is the only competition I know where you get to meet (via social media), converse and support your competitors, This altruistic community has truly benefited me as a writer,” says author, Geri G. Taylor. For more information regarding The Kitchen Dance, please visit http://www.g2taylor.com.
For more information on the Gallery Fine Art Center, the Bossier Arts Council, Geri Taylor or the Saturday Speaker Series please contact (318)741-8310 or visit www.bossierarts.org
The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made possible by the generous donations of Meredith Hamrick, Sharon and Ken McGivney, Marcy Everett and The Airline Plaza.