Shreveport community’s stories captured in new art exhibit, opening Sept. 30

Emilee Geist

Twelve artists from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s program ARTIST UP! are using their painting, mixed media, music, and photography to capture the “faces” of the “uncommon, creative, cultural community” of Shreveport Common.  Click to expand UP NEXT They have spent time getting to know the owners and residents from […]

Twelve artists from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s program ARTIST UP! are using their painting, mixed media, music, and photography to capture the “faces” of the “uncommon, creative, cultural community” of Shreveport Common. 

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They have spent time getting to know the owners and residents from Shreveport Common businesses and social service agencies and have turned their stories into art to celebrate the authentically vibrant neighborhood. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central ArtStation, the ARTIST UP! artists will exhibit works they have created to celebrate the history, hope, and people of Shreveport Common in the exhibition, “The Faces of Shreveport Common.” 



a close up of a mans face painted on the side of a building: Julia Raring paints The Strand Theatre, constructed by the Saenger Brothers, in the early 1900s. The artwork is a featured in "The Faces of Shreveport Common" art exhibition, opening Sept. 30 at Central ArtStation.


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Julia Raring paints The Strand Theatre, constructed by the Saenger Brothers, in the early 1900s. The artwork is a featured in “The Faces of Shreveport Common” art exhibition, opening Sept. 30 at Central ArtStation.

Participating artists:

  • Lindsey Jones                      Antioch Baptist Church
  • Kirsi-Marja Hardy                Bell Tower/Flame Tower
  • Susan Duke                          B’Nai Zion Temple
  • Kershauna Johnson          Entrepreneur Row (800 Block Texas Ave.)
  • Allison DeFatta                    Holy Cross
  • Victoria Pouncy                 minicine?
  • Christi Oden                        Oakland Cemetery /Amanda A. Clark
  • Jennifer Hendry                  Ogilvie Weiner/Florentine Mansion
  • Cathy Cobb                        Providence House
  • Charnel Smith                     Texas Ave. Glass Bottles
  • Betsy Levels                          Texas Ave. Murals – Unscene Event(s)
  • Julia Raring                          The Strand Theatre                                   

Each artist is working with a neighbor of Shreveport Common including Holy Cross, Oakland Cemetery, Ogilve Weiner/ Florentine Mansion, Providence House, The Strand, minicine?, and Antioch Baptist Church. They are painting stories of hope and of struggle and celebrating history, writing lyrics about getting to know the “faces in the dark empty spaces,” and photographing people with a new sense of community.

Wendy Benscoter, director of Shreveport Common, said that “The Faces of Shreveport Common” is a perfect example of how creative placemaking is revitalizing the nine-block neighborhood while celebrating the people and places who are already here.

“These artists are introducing us to our neighbors and their spaces. Their works offer us a new awareness of what is unique and what we have in common, nurturing a sense of community,” Benscoter said.

Whitney Tates, the artist coordinator for “The Faces of Shreveport Common” project, facilitated the connecting of the artists with the neighbors of Shreveport Common and has been appreciative of the relationships they were able to build. 

“It is important to see the progress that the City of Shreveport, Shreveport Common, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council are making to restore this neighborhood through Creative Placemaking,” Tates said. “The enthusiasm and support from everyone participating came to me as a pleasant surprise, and resonates throughout the work.”

SRAC invites guests to celebrate the history, hope, and people of Shreveport Common in the “The Faces of Shreveport Common”—an exhibition of work by graduates of the ARTIST UP! Entrepreneurial Arts program. 

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The exhibit is free and open to the public starting with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Central ArtStation, 801 Crockett St. in downtown Shreveport at the corner of Crockett and Common Streets (look for the big white dog). The exhibition will close Friday, Nov. 6.

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Shreveport community’s stories captured in new art exhibit, opening Sept. 30

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