North Louisiana writers, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, culinary artists, photographers and filmmakers came together to make the 2017 Works In Progress Louisiana fundraiser the party of the year!
As always, artists at our event received 100% of the proceeds from their art sales; many artists offered generous donations to WIPLA from their earnings. In lieu of selling tickets, WIPLA asked guests to make contributions at the door. We were humbled and honored by their overwhelming generosity.
The fundraiser honored well-known Shreveport artist and WIPLA Board Member Michael Glenn Moore for his years of service to the local arts community via his Northwest Louisiana Art Gallery - later renamed the North Louisiana Art Gallery.
Moore curated and maintained the virtual gallery since 2002, making it the oldest online collection of North Louisiana artists in existence. For many creatives in the region, the Northwest Louisiana Art Gallery was their first - or only - online presence. Michael carefully built a page for each artist on his site, and encouraged artists to use the site when submitting work for art shows, performance opportunities or grants.
The Northwest Louisiana Art Gallery closed in April 2017, and all artists were incorporated into Works In Progress Louisiana's Creative Marketplace. Moore currently serves as a juror for the Creative Marketplace, along with WIPLA's other Board Members. His flawless creative sensibilities and keen eye for exceptional artwork are vital assets to WIPLA and the creatives who are accepted into the Creative Marketplace.
There are now over 100 creative professionals listed at the Creative Marketplace: graphic designers, musicians, web designers, fine artists, dancers, makers, photographers, culinary artists, fashion designers, and more! All creative professionals listed at the Creative Marketplace live/work in North Louisiana. Contact information is available for each professional, making it easy for YOU to support your local cultural economy.
In addition, our Creative Marketplace is currently accepting applications for qualified creative professionals to add to our directory of goods and services - apply here today!
Following are photos from our meta*MOORE*phosis fundraiser. The event featured dozens of visual artists, and performance work from Eric Lapp, Dirtfoot, Renee Smith Cheveallier, Dorothy Kristin Hanna, and the Circle of Life Drum Gathering featuring Stanley Robinson and Michael Futreal. Libby Patterson Smith of GoGreenly provided scrumptious food for the event, and David Nelson generously hosted the party at minicine?.