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BAC weekly update: Saturday Speaker Series ‘The Rise, Fall and Redemption of Art and Culture in Shreveport’

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BAC’s Saturday Speaker Series presents: “The Rise, Fall and Redemption of Art and Culture in Shreveport” by Benjamin Riggs on March 29, 2014 at Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive, Bossier City at 2 p.m.

What does it mean to be culturally bankrupt?

“Popular culture is not Lady Gaga. It isn’t Shepard Fairey or Bill O’Reilly. That is consumer culture. Consumer culture is based on consumption. Its like a Styrofoam cup, we use it once and throw it away. Real pop culture is the hymns your grandmother hummed when she made biscuits. Those are the songs and the stories that live in each and every one of us. That biscuit recipe is pop culture, because it is passed down from one generation to the next. To mistake consumer culture for your culture is to be culturally bankrupt,” said Riggs.

“We have forgotten how to make biscuits. We have been told that it isn’t important, “Just run to the store and pick some up.” But we all remember how important it was to sit down at grandma’s table. We have to recover that for ourselves, for our kids, for the next generation. That is culture.”

Ben works as a Life-Coach in the Shreveport/ Bossier area. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist & Christian spirituality and politics for The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, The Web of Enlightenment, and Henry Harbor. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information on this speaker, the Bossier Arts Council or Gallery Fine Art Center please contact us at 318-741-8310 or check out our website www.bossierarts.org

The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made a possible through the generous donations of Meredith Hamrick, Ken and Sharon McGiveny, Marcy Evrette and the Airline Plaza.

 

Artini Tickets on Sale

Shake in a little imagination, stir in a lot of creativity, and mix in some friendly competition. The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is gearing up for the 5th Annual ARTini Party. ARTini is live music, visual art, signature martinis, and socializing served with a twist. This year’s event will be held at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, on March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m, and will feature 15 area restaurants and music from Super Water Sympathy. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call 318-741-8310 or purchase online at http://bossierarts.org/wordpress1/artini/attend-artini/. Don’t forget iShuttle will be available for pickup and rides home for FREE.

 

One Stop Class

Art into Stationary!: (Saturday, March 8, 1-3 p.m.) Learn how to take your masterpiece and turn it into stationary, notecards, and postcards. These small items make great stock to sell at events where people want small items immediately. Must have digital images of your work to participate. (Call to schedule a time for us to help document your work!) class will be held at the Bossier Arts Council. The One Stop is sponsored by the generous support of Marcy Everett.

 

Gallery Fine Arts Center

BAC’s Gallery Fine Art Center presents the art of Julie Crews, John Wagoner and Steve Zihlavsky. The Show will be from February 1-April 30 at 2151 Airline Drive, suite 1200, Bossier City, Louisiana. The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00pm. The Gallery Fine Art Center is sponsored in part by contributions from Meredith Hamrick, Ken & Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza.

 

Currently Hanging @ East Bank

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to present the art of the Creative Art Connection’s winter juried show beginning on February 1 through March 29. The Gallery is located at 630 Barksdale Blvd. and the hours of operation are 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. The East Bank Gallery is sponsored in part by a donation from Airline Plaza.

 

ARTini Tickets on Sale

Shake in a little imagination, stir in a lot of creativity, and mix in some friendly competition. The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is gearing up for the 5th Annual ARTini Party. ARTini is live music, visual art, signature martinis, and socializing served with a twist. This year’s event will be held at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, on March 15, 2014 at 7pm, and will feature 15 area restaurants and music from Super Water Sympathy. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call 318-741-8310.

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