Even Covid-19 can't stop art.
While creating this story, one word kept coming up over and over again. “Opportunity.” Critical Mass 9 is indeed an opportunity in so many ways. For the people of Northwest Louisiana, it’s the opportunity to see what’s new in the local art world for free in person and online. For the artists, it’s the opportunity to showcase their new works with the hope of selling their work and having national critics review their creations.
Critical Mass contains three major elements: Performance, Literary, and Visual. Kicking things off, you’ll see dancers, musicians, singers, and spoken word artists as they take the stage on Thursday, March 25. It starts at 6:00 pm and can be seen online at artspaceshreveport.com. Critics Manuel Mendoza and Lauren Smart will be on hand to watch and judge the “Best in Show.”
Literary artists submitted ten pages of their work to be reviewed by critic Greg Brownderville. Each work will be on display for you to read during the main exhibition. Read fiction, non-fiction and poetry. That show opens to the public on Friday, March 26 at 7:00pm at artspace.
Then on Friday, March 13, the exhibition opens featuring the visual and literary artists. See all of the artwork at artspace (710 Texas St). Visual art critic Gabriel Shaffer will attend to review the works . Between 5:15 pm and 6:40 pm, the art critics will review their category and declare the “Best in Show” winners in front of the artists. After 7:00 pm, the party starts to celebrate all of the great work done by Northwest Louisiana artists. It’s one of the few times that you can meet so many artists and perhaps purchase something one-of-a-kind.
YouTube videos courtesy of Shreveport Regional Arts Council/Casey Jones
Here are the new Critical Mass 9 hours for Artspace in case you want to avoid the crowds during this pandemic time: Tuesdays – Saturdays: Noon – 4:00 pm
If you are not comfortable going out in public or if you’re far away from Shreveport, you can view the entire literary, visual and performing arts online here.
For the artist, this competition means a chance to show off their new work. Every artist who enters gets to meet with the critics for a professional review of their work and their portfolio on the Northwest Louisiana Artists Directory. Hopefully, the critique will help make the art in our area grow. The winners of “Best of Show” will receive a $2,000 prize to help them create a show that will open in 2022.
Related Topic: Sadly, ArtBreak has been cancelled for 2021 but you can relive the best parts of previous festivals here.
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