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Texas Avenue Makers Fair offers off-the-wall art finds

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Kate Archer Kent
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The Texas Avenue Makers Fair returns to downtown Shreveport's western edge Saturday with 160 booths featuring original and repurposed works of art.

The market will be set up around Municipal Auditorium. Organizer Dan Keele says the fall event is going back to its roots of being an organic, quirky fair. Expect bicycle tune-ups and a vintage village.

“We have people who do impressionist-type art. We have people who do portraits. We have a 79-year-old man named Broadway Swim, a portrait artist, from the Lakeside Baptist Church across from Municipal. He’s probably the oldest maker we’re going to have there,” Keele said.

Fellow organizer Monty Walford says this Makers Fair will offer a tent for “mini makers.” Kids can do art projects and receive a lesson on screen printing.

“They’ll be taught what the process is. It will be hand’s on. They’ll actually do the silkscreen of their shirt. It will be dried, and then they can put the shirt on and show mom the T-shirt and wear it,” Walford said.

The makers fair run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Elvis Presley Boulevard, 888 Texas Avenue in Shreveport. It’s being held in conjunction with the Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society’s open house and tours.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.
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