LSU Museum of Art

From April 22 to August 5, 2016, the LSU Museum of Art will present Hunt Slonem: Antebellum Pop! The exhibition explores New York – and Louisiana – based painter Hunt Slonem’s strong ties to Louisiana art and culture, and to the larger history of the American South. Slonem is widely celebrated for his colorful canvases filled with bunnies, birds, and butterflies, but less known for his preservation and interior design work on antebellum Louisiana plantation homes. “This state has the most fabulous old houses,” Slonem says of Louisiana. “They have a certain smell—cigarettes, bourbon, and mildew in the ceilings—that just sends chills down my spine. I feel like I have a mission to bring back the magnificence that’s been tarnished by lack of time and lack of understanding.”
Hunt Slonem: Antebellum Pop! is the first major museum exhibition to display Slonem’s Pop art – inspired canvases alongside his signature “Antebellum Pop” plantation style. The exhibition will feature a selection of the artist’s work from the 1980s to the present, placed among magnificent antiques, elaborate wallpapers, sumptuous paint colors, and exotic textiles, all adorned with mystical images from Slonem’s intense imagination. The artist’s surreal patterned expressionism is magnified by its juxtaposition with the traditional furniture design of the nineteenth-century antebellum South, including signature international styles such as Gothic, Rococo, and French Revival. Slonem’s homes are the inspiration for these vibrant and decadent interiors. In addition to Slonem’s art, the exhibition will include personal touches such as his top hat collection and other treasured memorabilia.
This exhibition is organized by the LSU Museum of Art and curatore dby Dr. Sarah Clunis, assistant professor of art history, Xavier University of Louisiana.



Baton Rouge Gallery

Salvage Artists – a new group with a mission
The Redstick Salvage Artists are dedicated to beautiful, handcrafted art and useable art created from reclaimed, salvaged and found materials. They are on a mission to make Baton Rouge a cultural center of this new, environmentally friendly art and handcrafting style that captures history and culture.
The Salvage Artists will hold their debut show on July 16,17 hosted by The Royal Standard, 16016 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Visitors will be able to meet the artists, view their work and take it home! Handcrafted tables, coat racks, turned bowls, unique “plumbing” lamps, hand-framed photography and art, and even jewelry from salvaged wood.
The Salvage Artists will hold a meet-and-greet Saturday, July 16, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm Saturday; Noon to 5 pm Sunday

Shreveport Brewery Now Distributing to
Local Specialty Bottle Shops
Red River Brewing Company, a local brewery in Shreveport, is proud to announce that it has begun bottling and distributing its beers to local retailers.
The color theme of the packaging keeps consistent with Red River Brewing’s three color patterns:
red, which honors the Red River; black, which pays homage to our local oil and gas industry;
gold, which is the beer Red River Brewing is introducing into the community.
Red River Brewing’s three flagship beers were brewed to pair well with Louisiana’s culture and climate.
Hay Ryed, a Louisiana Wheat Rye Ale, has a light and refreshing profile coupled with a slightly spicy finish. It was brewed to be enjoyed alongside boiled crawfish.
Heliopolis, named in honor of Captain Henry Miller Shreve’s boat, is a light German­style lager that is perfect for the South’s tropical climate.
Finally, the Session IPA, Session 18, is a low­alcohol ale for the “hop heads”. Session 18 provides the full flavor profile of an IPA but with an alcohol content that won’t weigh you down.
Bottles of Red River Beer are available now in specialty bottle shops throughout
Shreveport­Bossier. They are available in 12 oz bottles in six packs and cases.
Red River Brewing Company opened its long anticipated taproom in April, and it has since made a name for itself in the Shreveport­Bossier craft beer community.