A Creative Mind by Hannah Greer

It’s that time of year again. The Red River Revel is in Shreveport! The Revel is an annual festival with great food, a ton of artist booths, live band performances every day, and an abundance of kids activities. On Saturday, I spent six hours walking around, eating, and listening to their main event of the day, Better Than Ezra. Three of those band members, in fact, are from Shreveport and Monroe. If you have never had the opportunity to experience all of the fun of the Revel, trust me, you definitely need to make the day trip! You can see, and buy everything from bonsai trees, soap and candles, and wooden art, to pottery, jewelry, photographs, and canvas paintings. And for the hunter in your life, you can find hand carved duck calls and knives. Worried about your kids getting bored? Problem solved! At the Revel, there is an entirely separate children’s section that has activities such as book readings, sand art, clay pot painting, face painting, paper hat construction, and a mock dig for crystals. And these are just the hands on activities! There is also a Ferris wheel, bungee cords, and a rock wall set up for everyone. This year, there were many familiar artist faces but also some new ones. All of the artists have wonderful displays of work, but there were a few booths that stuck out to me the most. Brian Miller is a photographer from Baton Rouge. Some of my favorite pieces of his, which are printed on canvas, are his Panoramics. They’re big, bright, and attention grabbing. The pictures draw you in, and I can see one picture in particular being perfect right above my couch. J You can see more of his work at www.briankmiller.com.

The art of “Louisiana Silent Echoes” includes photographs of angels with inspiring phrases. The artist ties to two together very well, sometimes mounting the pictures on stone. These look really great in a patio setting. I also really liked the way the photos were altered, adding bright colors. These changes sometimes altered the whole mood of the piece. I think everyone, especially those who love statue art, can enjoy these pieces. See them at http://www.silent-echoes.com/servlet/StoreFront.

Candice Alexander has become really popular in the area, as well as around the globe. At every event, there is always a huge crowd of people around her tent, eager to see what’s new. I first saw her work a couple of years ago, and I still love the creativity and colors that she uses in her Fleur de Lis paintings. Each piece is really unique, and can match perfectly with someone’s personality or the season. See all of her work at www.candicealexander.com.

One new booth that I loved was “BedFord Falls Headwear” from New Orleans. Along with their jewelry, which won me over from the start, they make headbands, hair pieces, and fascinators, big and small, that are creative and definitely unique! I loved the fact that they looked very vintage. I think I spent about twenty minutes picking up and trying things on. Everything was just so cute, and beautifully put together. I wanted way too many of them. Not many people could resist taking a peek at themselves with one on. Take a look for yourself at http://bedfordfallsheadwear.bigcartel.com/.

I hope that everyone gets the chance to go to the Festival Plaza in Shreveport, eat a slice of Muffaletta pizza, or maybe chocolate dipped cheesecake, and meet the artists. They'll be there through this Saturday, October 8th. To find more information about the Red River Revel, or see their list of food booths and schedule of live bands and performances visit http://www.redriverrevel.com/.  Here are some pictures of my Saturday at the Revel. If you get the chance to go, send us the pics of your fun-filled day to nclac5@gmail.com or hgreer20@yahoo.com, and tell us about your favorite parts of the festival.