I have a bakery countdown, that’s what I’m calling it. Lilah’s Bakery, in Shreveport, Louisiana – USA, has graciously accepted my paintings for their upcoming art show in January. Stop by if you’re in the area. It’s actually through Noel Community Arts and I am exceedingly happy to be joining other artists in showing work in my hometown. It’s my hometown because I was born there, back on the very first Earth Day. Fitting, I see. There are many other places I’ve lived and I’m coming back to Shreveport at mid-life. Interesting, to explore a town where I was born yet have spent almost no time.
Shreveport is nicer than I thought it would be. Not sure why my impression of it was not all that positive. I spent my life feeling like I was glad to be out of a town I had no knowledge of. Where did that come from? I’m not even going to take the time to explore it. What I see in Shreveport, now, is a wonderful, full-sized community with a more than pleasant Norton Art Museum with nearly hidden gardens behind it. But once you see it, they will never be hidden from you again. It is otherworldly in the spring. The landscape goes up and down. And there are willow trees, essential for me.
Shreveport has cool dining. Old neighborhoods. Kind people. There seems to be quite a bit of order, in this town. I see festivals. Music. Parks. Water. I see artists. It is a town of beautiful people. It is a city I am not scared of though I haven’t found one, yet, I am. So, maybe that doesn’t count. Anyway, stop by Lilah’s Bakery in Shreveport. It’s a wonderful little place. When I was first there, there was a movie being filmed. I love stumbling upon interesting places and interesting people. They are all around us, when we fully open our hearts.