We are so happy to share with everyone the new artists who have joined our Agora Family!
1. You've seen her at the Farmers' Market and have maybe even taken a Kundalini yoga class with her. Herbalist and forager, Emily Mills of Red Earth Wildcrafted and all her wonderful products are now at the Agora year round. Need help sleeping at night? Want to give your immune system a boost? Red Earth Wildcrafted has a tincture for you, and so much more!
2. Vintage fabrics, bright colors, and beautiful patterns are just a few reasons to fall in love with Jnanne Originals quilts. Veteran quilter, Jnanne Zepeda teaches "Breaking the Rules of Quilting" in her free time and has her own unique style of quilting. Zepeda appreciates the imperfections in handmade objects and incorporates asymmetrical design in her work.
3. Ceramic Sculptress, Cindy Gibson, creates "other-worldly" wood fired functional ceramics that turn everyday life into a fantastic adventure! This Ruston, LA native has been participating in wood firings around the country, and learning from top professionals in the field. Gibson also has a line of fun accessories including wooden earrings, wood fired barrettes and pendants that you cannot help but fall in love with.
4. We know you are going to miss local favorite, Seratones, when they are on their Get Gone World Tour starting this month! Have no fear we now carry their debut Special Edition yellow vinyl LP and CD Get Gone at the Agora! Seratones have different names for the amalgamation of styles found on their debut: Their own “expression of freedom,” music that’s “all about waking people up,” a safe space to feel what you want. However you choose to describe it, Get Gone is unexpected and unbowed, a head-snapping showcase of the twin pillars of Southern music, restlessness and resourcefulness (Seratones.band). Exclusively at the Agora, each Special Edition LP comes with a special note of gratitude from the band!
5. We love when artists bring new life to discarded items and thats exactly what jewelry maker, Susan Fortenberry does best! Fortenberry uses colorful electrical resistors to create one of a kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
6. Artist Pama Cannon takes us into her Whimsical World of Art with her incredibly detailed paper sculptures. Each figure is handmade with a wire armature and LOTS of glue and hand painted paper. You have to see to believe how incredibly textured and detailed these wonderful creatures really are!
7. Bright colors, mushroom clouds, gas masks and binary code are a few elements that can be found in NWLA Collectable Artist, Amanda Roe's, newest series of work. Roe creates assemblage pieces that deal with her relationship with society. Influenced by this new age of mass communications, digital information, and social media, Roe's work is a refection of her everyday surroundings.
8. Daniel Cordell specializes in both pyrography and Lichtenberg art. In Pyrography the artist draws on wood to make outlines and then burns them into the wood by hand. Lichtenberg art is a method of pushing electricity through wood to create a fractal patterning. Cordell uses a machine for this method that he made from microwaves he found in the trash. He then fills the fissures left in the wood with a luminescent epoxy so that they glow at night. Cordell enjoys mixing natural materials with modern necessities, and calls his Lichtenberg art "electrics--trees".
9. Husband and wife duo, Will and Katie Baten are the creative team behind the newest book in our Agora library, BEARARMS MACKENZIE and the STORY. The lovable Bear Arms McKenzie takes you on a quest to seek out the creative forces that help shape our lives. This team also provides a range of creative services, such as illustration, graphic design, and photography to our community.
10. Otto the Octopus goes to the Doctorpus, by Mark J. Davis is a tale about an adventurous young octopus who keeps breaking his many legs and must get help from the Doctorpus! This exciting tale is illustrated by local artist Will Baten. When Davis isn't riding sea horses and hunting for pirate treasure, he moonlights as an entertainment attorney, and has written several legal textbooks on copyright, fair use, distance learning, and the music industry.
11. Studio Highland is a collective of Shreveport artists who have had their hands in a number of creative pursuits over the past few years. They are the creative braintrust behind the iconic Stoner Highland tees! These incredibly soft, high quality garments immortalize one of Shreveport's favorite historic neighborhoods.