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Bayou Artist

By Meagan Russell
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Jun 30th, 2022
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ARTICLE BY STARLA GATSON AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK Gentle, delicate, feminine, and peaceful are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the work that Khalilah Maryam Al-Amin Kersey — KMAK, for short — makes. These words also describe Kersey herself, the young artist reveals...
By Meagan Russell
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May 29th, 2022
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ARTICLE BY STARLA GATSON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK Many artists use their work to tell a story, and Whitney Trisler Causey is no exception. However, the stories told through her latest series of painted portraits aren’t entirely her own; they belong to her daughter, M’Lynn, and children much...
By Meagan Russell
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May 1st, 2022
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BETWEEN HER PARENTS INFLUENCE AND HER NATURAL AFFINITY FOR MAKING THINGS, PURSUING A CREATIVE CAREER SEEMED LIKE A NATURAL CHOICE FOR MADELINE MARAK. ARTICLE BY STARLA GATSONPHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK It’s no surprise that Madeline Marak’s career is centered around art. As the Shreveport native...
By Meagan Russell
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Mar 31st, 2022
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STARLA GATSON    |     KELLY MOORE CLARK Leslie Ratcliff uses acrylic paints to depict the sights of her little Tensas Parish town, hoping to share just how beautiful St. Joe really is. She is a mother, wife, teacher and creator – she hopes to teach her students and children to see the world [&hellip...
By Meagan Russell
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Mar 1st, 2022
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Carter Carroll is a videographer and documentary film director who makes a living capturing stories through his camera lens. ARTICLE BY STARLA GATSONPHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK It wasn’t unusual to find a young Carter Carroll with a book in his hand. He, like many other elementary-aged children,...
By Meagan Russell
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Feb 1st, 2022
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ARTICLE BY STARLA GATSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK The story of Chlese and Camellia Jiles begins in the living room of their childhood home in Shreveport. Years ago, when they were just little girls, the two sprawled across the floor in front of the television with their older sister, Kamaya, ...
By Meagan Russell
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Jan 1st, 2022
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FOR MICHELLE HARVEY, DANCE  HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF HER LIFE. SHE STARTED TEACHING IN HIGH SCHOOL AND WOULD LATER OPEN HER OWN DANCE STUDIO BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK WITH LINDA FORD AT LINDA LAVENDER SCHOOL OF DANCE AND THE TWIN CITY BALLET COMPANY.  ARTICLE BY STARLA GATSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE...
By Meagan Russell
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Dec 1st, 2021
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ARTICLE BY STARLA GATSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK Stefan Nodarse aspired to be a comic book artist, but his career in art took several turns before landing in printmaking. As an alumni of the University of Monroe’s art program, and a Master’s graduate of Indiana State University, the Oak Grov...
By Meagan Russell
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Dec 1st, 2021
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ARTICLE BY VANELIS RIVERA AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY MOORE CLARK As I made my way among the cluster of trade show booths displaying an array of artisanal handiwork at Downtown Monroe’s October Art Crawl, the chill air carried the sounds of an electric guitar. A musician clad in a black cape pierced the...
By Meagan Russell
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Nov 3rd, 2021
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Article by STARLA GATSON | Photography by JERON STRICKLAND | STRICKLY US  Black female politician and author Shirley Chisholm once declared, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” The Congresswoman’s guidance has been echoed and shared countless times over the decades, e...