SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, USA
Marjorie Grigonis: Celebrating 50 Years of Creation Opening Reception During September Downtown Artwalk


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Rainforest Art Foundation is proud to present the works of Marjorie Grigonis at the Marlene Yu Museum. The opening reception will be during the September Downtown Artwalk on September 5, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. The exhibition celebrates her 50 years of creation.

Grigonis says of her work, “My abstract drawings and paintings are the visual record of exploration, criticism, trial and error, and discovery. … Composing an arresting image with line shapes and colors is my primary goal. In the process, thoughts and feelings are often associated with the forms thus influencing the direction and outcome of the work.”

She has shown at the state museums of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina, Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia, PA), Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), and many private galleries. Her paintings and prints are in the collections of the University of NC, the Medical University of SC, Pennsylvania Hospital, Wyeth Ayerst International, Inc., and in private collections in the US, France, England, and Germany.

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, USA
Opening Reception for Micro/Macro: Under the Microscope and Into the Cosmos

In celebration of Earth Day, Rainforest Art Foundation has partnered with The Agora Borealis to present a gallery exhibition themed Micro/Macro: Under the Microscope and Into the Cosmos with an opening reception on Sunday, April, 15, 2018 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at the Marlene Yu Museum, 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101. This exhibit is one part of The Agora Borealis' 4th annual Textile & Art Show. The focus of this year’s theme is growth and preservation, exploring the interconnectedness of the universe as well as a sustainable planet. All artwork is of nature inspired subject matter and/or made of natural or repurposed materials, and made by Northwest Louisiana artists. Admission to the opening reception is free with RSVPmymuseum@gmail.com and suggested $10 donation to benefit the Foundation.

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The Agora Borealis' corresponding textile show is a ticketed performance Friday, April 20, 2018 from 7:30PM-11:00PM at the Marlene Yu Museum. Textile tickets are $30 for General Admission and $80 for VIP. The Agora Borealis is also hosting a Preview Dinner and Artist Talks on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Marlene Yu Museum for $35 per person. Limited tickets to the fashion show and preview dinner are available for purchase at The Agora Borealis at 421 Lake Street, Downtown Shreveport, Louisiana 71101, and questions can be directed to the store number at (318) 268-3011. Ten percent of all tickets and art sales from Micro/Macro 2018 will benefit Rainforest Art Foundation's mission to increase appreciation of nature through the arts.

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SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, USA
Natural Stone Arches and Spirit of Nature in Africa

Rainforest Art Foundation presents two photography exhibitions at Shreveport HQ

Rainforest Art Foundation is proud to feature the Natural Stone Arches and Spirit of Nature in Africa exhibitions during Downtown Artwalk North on February 7, 2018 at the Marlene Yu Museum, 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 from 5:00PM-8:00PM. . Admission to this special reception is free with RSVPmymuseum@gmail.com and suggested $10 donation to benefit the Foundation.

 "Occasionally, people send us photos of nature that we feel are too good not to share." -Stephanie Lusk

"Occasionally, people send us photos of nature that we feel are too good not to share." -Stephanie Lusk

Director Stephanie Lusk said, "In Natural Stone Arches, we see majestic formations of earth that remind us of the power of wind and water over time. Some take on the semblance of towering creatures. Some are like windows that frame awe-inspiring landscapes. Some appear as strong, yet ever-changing bridges. Some take on a balancing act, as if they might topple at any moment. Occasionally, people send us photos of nature that we feel are too good not to share. So the artists for this show are unknown photographers and Mother Nature.

"In our annual international photo exhibition Nature Through the Lens, we feature nature-inspired art from Rainforest Art Foundation's professional photographers, emerging artists, and artists who work in multimedia. In this year's Spirit of Nature in Africa show, we also feature the art of photography hobbyists, who traveled to Africa specifically to capture snapshots of impressive animals in their equally impressive natural habitats.

 "At Rainforest Art Foundation, we believe that connecting with nature is often the first step towards conservation."

"At Rainforest Art Foundation, we believe that connecting with nature is often the first step towards conservation."

"Our Founder, Marlene Yu, says anyone can be an artist inspired by nature: she encourages everyone to get out into nature and take photos. Let nature be your guide. Observe scenery up close and afar, how sunlight breaks through forest trees, the intricate texture of bark, mushrooms on decayed logs. At Rainforest Art Foundation, we believe that connecting with nature is often the first step towards conservation. We hope that photography continues to be an experiential and artistic medium that many people can relate to and that increases appreciation of nature."

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, USA:
Susan Duke's “Ephemeral Earth” Closing Reception

Rainforest Art Foundation is proud to have featured Susan Duke’s “Ephemeral Earth” as the signature art exhibition. The closing reception is taking place Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Marlene Yu Museum, 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 from 5:00PM-8:00PM during Downtown Artwalk North.

Susan Duke says of her art, "My paintings were created as an antidote to anxiety, but now I paint from a place of pure joy."

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently awarded Susan Duke the "National Women in the Arts" honor for her 20-plus years in gallery and art shows, community service to further the arts, and permanent public art installation. She was recently chosen by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to have her graphic design work translated into bas-relief decorative 5-by-8-foot medallions on the I-49 overpass piers through downtown Shreveport.

Director Stephanie Lusk said, "In many ways, Susan Duke's work resonates and matches so well with Marlene Yu and the Rainforest Art Foundation: sensitive to the beauty, power, and fragility of the earth, able to speak on its behalf through inspirational expressionist painting, and creative with gorgeous masterpieces you want to own… They make you want to jump right into their paintings."

Free with RSVPmymuseum@gmail.com and suggested $10 donation to benefit the Foundation.

  The closing reception will be held during the June North Louisiana Downtown Artwalk on   June 7, 2017, from 5-8PM.

The closing reception will be held during the June North Louisiana Downtown Artwalk on June 7, 2017, from 5-8PM.

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, USA:
Susan Duke presents “Ephemeral Earth” on Earth Day with musical accompaniment by Blind Uncle Keith

Rainforest Art Foundation is proud to feature Susan Duke’s “Ephemeral Earth” as the signature art exhibition on Earth Day, April 22, 2017 at the Marlene Yu Museum, 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 from 2:00PM-5:00PM.  Blind Uncle Keith will be performing Pete Seeger covers and peace songs to celebrate RAF’s Love Nature, Love Each Other motto, as well as his own music.

Susan Duke says of her art, "My paintings are created as an antidote to anxiety...  I am guided by both the need to retreat into nature, and by the surprising, mysterious spark of divine spirit I find there.”

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently awarded Susan Duke the "National Women in the Arts" honor for her 20-plus years in gallery and art shows, community service to further the arts, and permanent public art installation. She was recently chosen by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to have her graphic design work translated into bas-relief decorative 5-by-8-foot medallions on the I-49 overpass piers through downtown Shreveport.

Keith W. Johnston, “Blind Uncle Keith”, began singing at age 3 and playing guitar at the age of 14. His influences are diverse and eclectic.  His style is a combination of acoustic and electric rock, blues, and country.  During the 80’s he toured the South with Departure, Zion, and Cross. His current CD is entitled, “Holding On To My Memories” and he is available to play at a variety of venues.

Director Stephanie Lusk said, "In many ways, Susan Duke's work resonates and matches so well with Marlene Yu and the Rainforest Art Foundation: sensitive to the beauty, power, and fragility of the earth, able to speak on its behalf through inspirational expressionist painting, and creative with gorgeous masterpieces you want to own… They make you want to jump right into their paintings."

Free with RSVPmymuseum@gmail.com and suggested $10 donation to benefit the Foundation.
 

Amazing Flowers: Do Plants Talk?

  Rainforest Art Foundation's traveling photo exhibit of strange-looking flowers becomes interactive in Shreveport, Louisiana, leading viewers to question whether plants communicate and what they may be saying at the wine and cheese opening reception of "Amazing Flowers: Do Plants Talk?" Friday, October 21, 5-7 PM.     "In this interactive exhibit, we see the art of nature itself, we wonder about 'Mother Nature' as the artist, and viewers are welcomed to interpret what 'she' may be trying to convey through her work," said Director Stephanie Lusk.    Free with RSVPmymuseum@gmail.com and suggested $10 donation to benefit the Foundation.

Rainforest Art Foundation's traveling photo exhibit of strange-looking flowers becomes interactive in Shreveport, Louisiana, leading viewers to question whether plants communicate and what they may be saying at the wine and cheese opening reception of "Amazing Flowers: Do Plants Talk?" Friday, October 21, 5-7 PM. 

"In this interactive exhibit, we see the art of nature itself, we wonder about 'Mother Nature' as the artist, and viewers are welcomed to interpret what 'she' may be trying to convey through her work," said Director Stephanie Lusk.

Free with RSVPmymuseum@gmail.com and suggested $10 donation to benefit the Foundation.

1UP Fundraiser

HELP THE MARLENE YU MUSEUM AND RAINFOREST ART FOUNDATION CLIMB UP THE STAIRS AND GROW!

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In our first year, Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation have created nature art exhibitions, partner events, kids’ programs, a fashion line, and Shreveport's first contemporary art museum. It's been hugely successful because so many people have come together and put in so much LOVE--love of nature and each other.  We are so grateful for your help in getting us off the ground, but we're not done yet!  We're now ready to take it to the next level, and we need your support to '1UP' our efforts.  

OUR 1UP GOALS

1. LEVEL UP our Museum's second floor

Let's grow our donor tree to reach the second floor of the Museum and open a permanent exhibition hall for Marlene Yu’s popular Dream Series.  We're knocking down walls and increasing ceiling heights for a beautiful community space.  You saw what we did with the 1st floor and Main Exhibition Hall to present the Grand Opening of the Marlene Yu Museum, Marlene Yu's "Forces of Nature", her signature "Water - Element of Life" exhibit, Green Arts Party, and RAF's Earth Day Celebration--wait 'til you see what's next!  

2. LEVEL UP our Foundation's reach

We're putting Shreveport "on the map" by partnering with regional and international institutions, and having MYmuseum incorporate social media so that each visitor's experience near and far can be individualized as desired.  Her dream is make it a global movement--RAF started in New York City, headquarters in Louisiana, USA, expanded to Zurich, Switzerland, and soon Frankfurt, Germany.  We featured local and international nature arts: Beauty & Spirit of Nature, Disappearing Nature, Walk on the Wild Side with Don Edwards, Wild Mushroom Photography, Nature Through the Lens, Recycled Sculptured by John Norwood, Sculptures by Dennis Cady, Shreveport artists at RAF in NYC, and local partnerships at Lucky Sevens institutions, Bayou to Bay's Better Beach Bash, ClimBossier, and other locations soon to include local schools and assisted living facilities.  Let's grow seeds Marlene Yu has planted with the Rainforest Art Foundation’s environmental green movement in art to be accessible to more people on local, regional, and international levels.  

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STAY CONNECTED &
TRACK OUR PROGRESS

The Museum has truly become a special place for many people. There are so many people who believe in this project and want to see it come to its full vision: 

1. Humans of Marlene Yu

Inspired by Humans of New York, we're releasing several short testimonials featuring people who want to share their stories about the Marlene Yu Museum on Facebook as HOMY - Humans of Marlene Yu. 

2.  Super Mario

Super Mario will leap to the next step as we reach our funding goal.  We're off to a great start with 10 golden steps left!  

We hope you will help us make these dreams come true. 

Please help us raise $60,000 by May 31st.  Thank you for helping us LEVEL UP. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP: 

LEAVE A PERMANENT MARK:

The 12 steps leading to this floor are your opportunity to leave a permanent mark on this phase of the Museum’s growth.  Each step is $5,000, which includes your name branded on a golden plaque, so that every visitor who ascends may appreciate your impact. Other donation levels may include recognition in the form of painted leaves on the stairwell wall. All donations made at these "step" and "leaf" levels are 100% tax-deductible. 

$5,000 - Gold Step

$2,500 - Silver Leaf

$1,000 - Green Leaf

GET A LITTLE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK:

Take home some Marlene Yu swag when you donate at these levels. You can check out the prizes mentioned below in our online store. These prizes are available only to those who can come to the Museum to pick them up during the month of May (and not available through the Give for Good fundraiser on May 3). 

$500 - Marlene Yu Print and her Nature & Cosmos collectible book ($370 tax deductible)

$250 - Marlene Yu Poster ($190 tax deductible)

$100 - Small Dream Series Poster ($80 tax deductible)

$50 - Choice of a set of note cards or postcards ($30 or $40 tax deductible)

All donations of any size are welcome and appreciated! Thank you for your support. To make your donation now please click the tab below.

 

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SPECIAL THANKS TO STEP & LEAF DONORS

as of April 27, 2016

GOLD STEP

Katy Miller Merriman in memory of my mom, Jean

SILVER LEAF

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GREEN LEAF

Dr. Willard & Frances Washburne

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Kayak Lessons at LSUS

Feb. 3 - April 30 (Wednesday's 6-7 pm)

Starting in February every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month come jump in a kayak to develop your skills in the LSU-Shreveport Pool.  Get expert advice from some of the best paddlers in the area.  Bring your family, bring your friends.

For updates, pricing, and more information, please contact Garth Owens at (318) 349-8414.