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ARTini: Pop Art Edition

June 12, 2021

The excitement about ARTini 2020 is "popping" up everywhere! Join us this year as we take on a brand new venue and a brand new theme. We will shake in a little imagination, stir in a lot of creativity, and mix in some friendly competition. This years event will feature the art of Lauren Ross Simmons, winner of SB Magazine’s 2018 Best Artist and three-time award-winning Red River Revel Arts Festival artist. Lauren is a local pop artist and businesswoman.

Lauren is a Louisiana-born artist and Shreveport resident. She taught theatre for 17 years, traveled with the circus and Hello Kitty, treated her eyes to incredible beauty all around the globe, and has now gone back to her “roots” – the South and her art. She is addicted to pop culture, fashion, and color. Those three things blended together create a recognizable style that separates her from other artists.

Gorgeous textiles and “girlie” flowers are combined with edgy pop stars and icons to create true conversation focal points. Her inspirations are pop kings such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. Her mix of iconic figures of the past and present with fashions and styles of now on large canvases is simply candy for the eyes!

Music is by What the Funk? (WTF?!), a versatile group of talented and professional musicians based in Shreveport, La.  Specializing in Top 40, Rock, “Old School” R&B, ’80s, Funk and Soul cover tunes, WTF will surely get your feet tappin’ and the dancefloor hoppin’. Whether it’s a soulful ballad, fist-pumping rock anthem, or an upbeat party hit, What the Funk is guaranteed to deliver!

What is ARTini?
In simple terms, it’s a fundraiser. But honestly, it’s a lot more.  ARTini celebrates various forms of creative expression and encompasses the culinary, musical, and visual arts by having local mixologists create signature martinis and compete for the coveted title of “Judges Choice,” “People’s Choice,” and “Most M’artisanal.”

Where do funds raised by ARTini go?
The funds go to support the Bossier Arts Council and all of the programming and outreach projects for the entire year.

Tickets include entrance to the event, a hand-painted martini glass, live music, delicious food, and more than 20 different martinis.

ARTini: Pop Art Edition