710 Texas St
Shreveport, LA 71101
Fantasy Dolls, Haiku Elvis and feathers, flowers and veils—this was the “ stuff,” the heart of the art of three of Northwest Louisiana’s most beloved artists:PAULA HALLMAN, CARLOS COLON AND JANE RYDER.
Join the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to celebrate the lives and art of three of Northwest Louisiana’s best loved Roster Artists at a RETROSPECTIVE TRIBUTE TO PAULA HALLMAN, CARLOS COLON AND JANE RYDER, Wednesday, February 1 from 5:30 pm. To 8:30 p.m. at artspace, 710 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport. The Opening Reception is FREE to the public and Southern Fork Catering will provide light snacks with a cash bar.
Also happening this night is the February Downtown Art Walk
Carlos Colon was Caddo Parish Poet Laureate and publisherof more than 1,000 poems and 12 chapbooks.Carlos has often been credited with creating the literary community inNorthwest Louisiana.He was best known for his comical haiku poetry, which he often performed in Elvis costumes.He was a long-time librarian at Shreveport Memorial Library and curated revolving exhibits of haiku by poets from around the world for the Electronic Poetry Network from 1997-2011. A separate tribute night for Colon will be held at artspace on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Paula Hallman was a skilled painter and sculptor, known best for the long-necked, mostly female fantasy dolls she created. According to photographer and author Neil Johnson, Hallman’s inspiration for her dolls came from that place where creativity is kept—in that state of mind just when one is falling asleep, leaving the conscious world and entering the unconscious world of dreams.One of Hallman’s dolls is adorned with a halo of roses upon which a fat fish with brilliant red fins sits and another is a ghostly musician with a small crescent moon for a head, but all have those elongated necks.In Paula’s words, “ with their long necks, they can see into both worlds.” Her artist statement was, “ Life is overflowing with beauty, mystery and enchantment. Oftentimes, we are too busy or involved in our daily struggles to notice the beauty in our world (or other worlds!).My goal asan artist isto remind usto see the beauty, feel the joy or maybe just to smile!” Paula Hallman’s art has brought a smile to many people. A separate tribute night for Hallman will be held at artspace on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 that 5:30 p.m.
Jane Ryder created with feathers, flowers, veiling and a design style that captured the eye and imaginations of world-wide celebrities and movie producers as well as people in her adopted home of Shreveport.Northwest Louisiana loved Ryder’s vibrancy and her spirit and often wore her hats for Derby Day at Louisiana Downs.She designed a dress that was worn to the Oscars and Joan Rivers wore one ofher hats—a burgundy one with a big feather–in“ Fashion Police.” Her credits include Olympus Has Fallen, Playing the Field, Drive Angry, Battle 2 Los Angeles, Mad Money and others.A separate tribute night for Ryder will be held at artspace on THURSDAY, March 2 at 5:30 p.m.