Lab Rat • Arts
Stop by the Bossier Arts Council to see this talented and unique group of individuals known as Lab Rat • Arts! Their work will be on display at the Bossier Arts Council in our East Bank Gallery beginning June 1st, 2017 and hanging until July 31st, 2017.
The Opening Reception is scheduled for Friday, June 16th from 6-8pm and is FREE and OPEN to the public! The Opening Reception will be held at the Bossier Arts Council located at 630 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, La 71111.
Lab Rat • Arts is a multifaceted group of artists with multiple skills sets and experience. Their art consists of murals, sculptures, props, graphic design, fine art, public art, faux finishing, furniture, and hand painted signs. With their visionary skills, the sky is the limit. Lab Rat • Arts experiment in creativity and embody the process of creating visual art. You never know what may happen in the art laboratory. However, rest assured it will be interesting and slightly unexpected. There are no rules, no limitations, and no impossibilities in the lab; the artist-scientists are not afraid to experiment. The Lab Rats use what they have, imagine what is possible and create new and exciting outcomes.
Jason Phipps was born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University in Horticulture/Landscape Design and a second Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi State University in Agronomy with an emphasis in Golf and Sports Turf Management. He met his wife, Jamie, while attending Mississippi State University. They have been married for fourteen years and have two sons, Rush and Owen. When he isn’t working, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, keeping up with current events.
“I don’t set out to create art about any subject in particular. I enjoy color and I enjoy the rhythms and patterns created by both nature and man”
Jason has been painting for the past couple of years. He is influenced by early Abstract Expressionism and how the artists expressed moments of time (action painting), not necessarily subject matter. He took a couple of painting classes in early 2013 and fell in love with painting and creating new things. Jason is usually working on several different pieces at any given time and is always looking for something new to incorporate into his work. He likes to try different styles and different methods which lead to new discoveries in his work.
Jacqueline Fitzgerald Ruiz was born in Niagara Falls, New York. Raised as the child of a career Army family, she learned early in life the beauty of culture and its people. Jacqueline came to the realization after traveling extensively and living in Europe, that one of the common threads that beautifully unites us is ART, in all its glorious manifestations. She has been married for 41 years, has two loving and talented children, and is a proud grandmother.
“My passions are many but within the arts, painting and fine art photography are the most dominant and dictate almost on a daily basis the need to be expressed.”
Jacqueline was honored in 2011 to have been selected as a national semi-finalist in the recognized, “Bacardi Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series”. She is privileged and honored to share her vision, passion, and intimacy of her art.
Visit her website here.
The Bossier Arts Council is looking for local artists who are interested in applying for our upcoming themed exhibition, “Human Beings & Being Human: A Self Portraiture Show”, that will be held in the East Bank Gallery of the Bossier Arts Council. Artworks will be on display from October 3rd, 2017 until November 30th, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 from 6-8pm.
This juried gallery is aimed at introducing our community to a variety of artistic genres while highlighting some of our region’s talented visual artists. The gallery which welcomes visitors when they enter the Bossier Arts Council headquarters is one of our most prominent features.
- Juried Show: Artwork submitted for the show will be juried by an anonymous gallery panel who will choose which pieces of artwork will hang in the themed show
- Fill out and submit application.
- $25 submission fee (non-members), free submission for BAC members and students (must provide a valid ID).
- Limit of 2 Submissions Per Artist
- Media: Open ended — any medium, style, or genre: traditional or non-traditional (sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, mixed media, etc.) as long as it represents the theme of self-portraiture.
- Size Limitations: None
All entries must be dropped off to Alex Stinchcomb at the Bossier Arts Council – 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 by 4pm.
Those interested in learning more, please contact Alex Stinchcomb, Community Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318-741-8310.