If the next big idea for business is authenticity than The Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery on Line Avenue is SB Land's best example of this new way of entertaining customers.
The enterprise is owned and operated by Alania Osborne-Currie and her husband Robert Currie. For the story in The Times click here.
There are chickens in the backyard, laundry drying on the line and an outhouse. The whole enterprise challenges you to reconsider how you shop for art. One of the most interesting bodies of work for sale is by Louisiana artist Micheal A. Smith. He creates sculptures from toothpicks.
The Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, 7102 Line Avenue, is open six days a week. 318 861-3308.
On a semi-related note: for more about an authentic sense of place listen to this Smart City show.
For the behind the scenes scoop on Jessica's SB Land photo shoot swing by Designers Consortiumon East Kings Highway and visit with Jane Ryder. And to see more of the magical work of this Shreveporter click janeryderdesigns.com.
It's the fashion equivalent to a locally owned restaurant (which is a very, very, very wonderful thing -- no one goes to a city to visit its McDonald's). Designers Consortium, 208 E. Kings Highway, is where to find high quality goods designed by SB Land designers.
Can't think of a better way to start your weekend off than by visiting Designers Consortium for their first Third Friday Gallery Night on October 19. Original fashions, accessories, jewelery and more will be available for browsing and purchasing from 6 until 8 pm. Trudeau'scovered the wickedly talented bunch from the beginning. The group even has a ad on page 31 of this week's Forum. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318 861-3111.
Just a few of days left. The last couple of years rain has flooded the festival. This year there's too much heat. A cool evening breeze and a beer in a blue aluminum bottle is the best way to enjoy the party.
One of the best things about living in urban part of SB Land is the nearness of country. Dr. Patrick Colyer gave us a grand tour out at the Red River Research Station. Not many folks are growing cotton these days. Most are planting corn.
P.S. RRBJ doesn't know why we haven't blogged in forever (we started this post on September 19 and it's already October so we figured we'd better finish it). It might be the recent on the job injury we suffered or it might be someone has stolen all our words or it might be the fact we can't stop taking photographs. Maybe we'll just post photos for the next few weeks and see if the words catch up to us.
"I found bliss early. It was reading or thinking in the spread out trunk of a pink flowered mimosa tree in our front yard.
I made my freest art back then. When I was a little kid alone in my room, I danced to music from a tiny record player. I had a built up platform in the bottom of my closet, so I would push the clothes back on either side and dance away in funky costumes I found around the house. Now when I create art, I am seeking to go back to my bliss." Usher May 24, 2010