By: Tara Bennett
This weekend, four days will be jam-packed with art and culture to inspire and entertain the citizens of Baton Rouge.
The opening reception for P.3+ Notes Upriver, presented in collaboration with Elevator Projects, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the Walls Project, will take place in various locations this weekend from Nov. 13-16. P.3+ Notes Upriver is part of the art biennial Prospect New Orleans, which officially started on Oct. 25 and will last until Jan. 25. Many hours were put into planning and organizing the reception weekend by a core group of 10-15 volunteers, who will continue to work on projects and events that will take place through the duration of the biennial.
“P.3 has been well received by the community,” said Elevator Projects Executive Director Raina Wirta. “All of the partners have contributed greatly and promoted it as a collaborative project while individually highlighting the exhibitions in their venues.”
Art biennials such as Prospect have helped stimulate economies in areas such as Bywater and the Marigny in New Orleans by placing the focus of the importance of the arts.
“It’s very important for an event like this to be presented in Baton Rouge because we have a rich and diverse art community in this city,” said Wirta. “Our goal is to highlight the importance of experiences like this because they enrich the culture, inspire progress, provoke dialogue and stimulate the local economy. Ultimately, what we want to do is elevate the value placed on the arts and educate our audiences on how beneficial art is to society as a whole.”
Design BR Vol. 2 Fan Favorite Reveal Party
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7-9pm
Lamar Atrium at Shaw Center for the Arts
The American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge (AAF-BR) presents DesignBR Vol. 2 as part of P.3+. Earlier this summer, AAF-BR posted an open call for artists to design digital artwork that represents them as artists by showcasing their background, their interests, hometown or point of view.
The final top 10 posters will be displayed at the party, with the Fan Favorite award going to the poster print that sells out the fastest, and has largest demand for reprints by the end of the night. Along with prints made available for purchase, there will be catered appetizers, a cash bar and raffle prizes. Purchased posters will receive a 25% discount for framing at the Elizabethan Gallery.
Manifest Land Opening Reception
Friday, Nov. 14, 6-9 pm
Walls Project Art & Design Center
The Walls Project Art & Design Center will feature works by local artists who are influenced by location and geography, and utilize new technology to create contemporary artwork ranging from mixed media installations, sound art and interactive sculpture. Featured artists include: Alexis Stephenson, John Gray, Melisa Abdollahi-Rad, Nick Hwang, Robert Wilkinson, Sara Sicona, Stephanie Landry and Tom LaPann.
P.3+BR: Notes Upriver Invitational Exhibition
Saturday, Nov. 15, 12-5 pm
4th Floor Chase Tower South
This will be the opening reception for the largest invitational exhibition of art in Baton Rouge. Curated by Wirta and Rodneyna Hart, a 15,000 square foot business office in the Chase Tower South was converted into a contemporary gallery. Over 100 regional and national artists will have their work hosted, with close to 200 works of art exhibited.
“It is the biggest invitational exhibition that Baton Rouge has ever seen,” said Wirta. “And the work is absolutely inspiring, provocative and innovative.”
JUST A TASTE: Local Audio & Visual Art
Saturday, Nov. 15, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Walls Project Art & Design Center
The Walls Project Art & Design Center will host 12 hours of cultural performances, ranging from contemporary dance, digital orchestra, new media installations and interactive art. Performances include:
Kids Rock Band presented by Baton Rouge Music Studios, Ship of Fools presented by Royal Cyclops Productions, “Elevating Dance” performance by Sandra Parks and Robert Wilkinson, “Origin” by LSU Movement Studio, the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana, Dolo Jazz Suite, Tess Brunet and “A Ship on the Line” readings by authors Vincent Cellucci and Christopher Shipman.
“We’ve hand selected a diverse range of creative and engaging performances from local Baton Rouge culture,” said Wirta. “It’s going to be an incredible experience unlike anything seen in BR.”
Also on Saturday, Nov. 15, the public is invited to tour the city with free admission from 12-5 p.m. at the following P.3+ locations:
The Baton Rouge Gallery, LSU Museum of Art, Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, Firehouse Gallery, LSU School of Art, Ann Connelly Fine Art, The Healthcare Gallery, Lagniappe Records, Capital Park Welcome Center, The Walls Project Art & Design Center and The Shaw Center for the Arts.
Local Filmmaker Showcase
Sunday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m.
This film festival will showcase six short films and music videos produced in Louisiana, each including a Q&A after the screening. The event is organized in partnership with Red Cake Event Planning, Elevator Projects, the Walls Project and the Manship Theatre.