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Artist Reception for Stephen D. Porter to be held at Agora Borealis

  • Joel Rodgers

Shreveport is rich with artistic talent and Thursday night a local art shop is hosting an artist reception at the Vintage Gallery inside  Agora Borealis.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 5–8 PM for an artist reception for Steve Porter. Hors d’ oeuvres and libations will be served. Porter‘s exhibition at the Vintage Gallery is a collection of paintings created over the artists career culminating in his second largest painting to date, It Still Is What It Is, a 9’x12’ canvas. Porter‘s largest painting, It Is What It Is, (25’x5’) is now on view at Red River Brewery. Porter’s exhibition will be on view now through March 10.
Stephen D. Porter is an active local artist and teacher for the Bossier Talented Arts Program. Porter is well known for his murals at Artbreak and for the community mural on Texas Avenue. He enjoys the challenge of working on a larger scale with two of his most notable artworks measuring 25’x5’ and 9‘x12’.

“Birds, open doors, windows and stairs, animals, clowns and faces,their expressions litter my canvas like a modern day Guernica,” states Porter. “My thoughts, my experiences, each stroke of my brush is influenced by my life and what I have seen or thought I saw, what I heard or thought I heard.”

Working on only 2ft of the rolled canvas at a time, the artist must pick up from where he last left off as he encounters past fears, anger, pain and sorrow letting his paintbrush guide him. Porter prefers switching between projects and mediums, which has led the artist to have an in depth understanding of the creative process. Whether he is authoring and illustrating books, painting, sculpting or making masks, Porter’s passion is to create. His artwork can be found in private collections all over the world, including France, Spain, and from California to Connecticut.


Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RealShreveport team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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