Bright and brilliant colors at Ellen Soffer: Pink Sky

Highlighting a local artist that’s been on the national stage

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - Artspace in downtown Shreveport starts 2023 with the bold and bright paintings and works by Northwest Louisiana artist Ellen Soffer. Ellen Soffer: Pink Sky features more than 60 new works of art from 2019-2022. With titles like “Pink Shell, Blue Fish,” “Green Alphabet,” and “Blue Bird,” you’re going to see the colorful art that will hopefully compel you to pause, reflect and feel something about the piece. From the Shreveport Regional Arts Council press release, Soffer says, “My intention is to capture the impressions and sensations left behind from dreams, emotions, or memories without being limited to the specific details of the events, leaving room for viewer participation and interpretation.”

Soffer’s work has been seen in exhibitions from Pennsylvania to Georgia and Dallas. She’s won many honors including the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Visual Arts Fellowship and has been awarded residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and Skowhegan.

This exhibition that covers three floors of Artspace in downtown Shreveport (708 Texas Street) was curated by Bossier Parish Community College Professor of Art & Humanities Kelly McDade. “When I look at her paintings, while they have a sense of spontaneity and freedom within them, I can tell that nothing is haphazard—every brush stroke and color combination is strategic, which ultimately requires that the viewer engage in a ‘conversation’ with her work. This newest body of work reflects Ellen’s ability to be responsive to how light, color, and shape interact in a very moving way, visually. I see her work as an invitation for critical thinking and individual emotion,” says McDade.

Opening night is Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Enjoy a conversation with Soffer and McDade about the art on Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Both events are free to the public. The show ends on April 8, 2023.

Related Topic: For more great and colorful art, head over to the Norton to see some watercolors.

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.