"The award went to good use. About $400 of it went toward materials for this piece, mostly for the birch panels. The rest of the money went to new paint brushes, varnish, paint, and hanging hardware." ~Tony Reans
Experimental painter Tony Reans (pictured below) is using investment capital from WIPLa to create a new series of large-scale abstract expressionist paintings. Reans’ popular work has been featured in numerous gallery and museum exhibits, and his paintings can be found in several notable collections throughout the South. Tony will host an exhibit opening at Norsworthy Gallery on Thursday, September 3, 2015, featuring works funded in part by Works In Progress Louisiana.
“For the first time in Shreveport/Bossier history, we will be able to enjoy the (artistic) benefits of (hosting) traveling custom and private tattooists and painters.” ~Micah Harold
Acclaimed pop/visual/drama/tattoo artist Micah Harold (pictured below) has recently remodeled his swanky shop/studio space at 451 Kings Highway in Shreveport, LA. Harold will use WIPLA grant funding to create an in-house live/work space for nationally-recognized traveling tattoo and visual artists.
"Project is 90% complete. Funding will help finish it. This project has achieved initial success; the roof is no longer leaking and insulation allows me to work below freezing. The next phase is to complete shelving and storage to protect art. The whole purpose is to allow me to work at home without incurring cost for monthly studio rent." ~Mark Charleville
Mark Charleville is a gifted arts instructor and well-traveled native Louisianan. Now settled in Benton, Charleville has transformed his rustic barn into a functional, creative workspace (pictured below). His studio remodel will be completed with WIPLa funds to purchase vertical shelving for secure storage of his artwork between exhibits.
"We, as a company, will strive to bring more original work to this area in the form of both plays and avant garde performance art. All forms of performance art are welcome such as poetry, dance, one act plays, etc." ~John F. Daniel
Shrapnel Stage Company, a theatre group based in Shreveport, Louisiana, received support from WIPLa to produce The Other Place, an award-winning Broadway play by Sharr White. Performances will be held during the month of December 2015, at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City, Louisiana. Shrapnel operates under the artistic direction of John Daniel.
"I have never received support in the form of money for creating art BEFORE the supporter(s) have seen the finished work! The faith in my idea you have shown has helped me grow as a person and an artist more so than the actual work I have completed!
Our proposed metric was the future growth and exposure of Omen Art. Omen Art has been asked to be involved in an upcoming event, and our Facebook’s viewership/likes have increased since the show." ~Chrissy Wise, Omen Art
Omen Art, a women's-art collective in Northwest Louisiana, used WIPLa funding to create an apocalyptic entryway installation piece for the December 2014, event “Xmas at da Shop.” All materials were recycled, and every attendee experienced the tunnel-like structure upon entering the exhibit space.
Construction of this project was not for the faint of heart, as you can see in the photo below!
"My project to update my web page will help to send page visitors to other Shreveport/Bossier/North LA art scenes. It will recycle dollars into the local community because I will use only local talent for this project." ~Mike Sledge
Mike Sledge (pictured below) is a regular contributor to the NWLA arts newspaper "Heliopolis," and is the author of two books: Soldier Dead: How We Recover, Identify, Bury and Honor our Military Fallen and Gerald’s Star. Sledge received a WIPLa grant for web development and design. This upgrade will position Mike for commercial success as he finalizes his upcoming novel.