Louisiana Shop Local Artist Week celebrated in downtown Shreveport

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Louisiana’s first-ever Shop Local Artist Week, Dec. 3-9, has found a home in Downtown Shreveport with events of all types. It will kick off on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm with the opening reception of Christine Bailey’s Color: Outside the Lines exhibit at Norsworthy Gallery, 214 Texas St.

The December Holiday Artwalk will be the largest to date, with free shuttles whisking artwalkers to 21 stops where they will meet and see the works of dozens of artists, enjoy a light show, a giant book sale and holiday decorations from around the world. They’ll be able to take part in a scavenger hunt, try their hand at make-and-take crafts, tour art studios, make a custom ‘jammie tee shirt, and of course, take a picture with Santa. The artwalk is Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5-9 pm. It is free, and appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, Dec. 7 features Tinseled Tablescapes at artspace, part of the big HOLIDAZE art shopping event at 708 Texas Street. At Central ARTSTATION, 801 Crockett, we’ll celebrate the life and works of Susan Duke in an exhibit entitled “The Colors of My Life.” Duke is battling cancer and money realized from the art show and sale will go toward helping purchase additional art supplies so that she will be able to continue to create!

Art film is in strong supply at Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street, where on Friday, Dec. 8, ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ comes to town. See the story of how Charles Dickens invented Ebeneezer Scrooge and first came up with the classic ‘A Christmas Carol.’ There you can support RFC by buying memberships and gift cards good for giving or keeping.

HOLIDAZE at artspace, 708 Texas Street, comes on strong on Saturday, Dec. 9 with the works of 26 NW Louisiana artists as well as classes and special events.

Shop Local Artists Week is a way to encourage local and small shopping, showcase the amazing talent available here and point out those things that make us both different and unique. By the way, of an estimated 300 official ‘arts districts’ nationwide, Louisiana has 83 of them- and two are in Shreveport- the Downtown Shreveport Cultural District and the Highland Community Cultural District.

For more information,visit www.downtownshreveport.com