The city of Bossier and the Bossier Arts Council will pay tribute to its founding member, Virginia Chevalier Cook.
There will be a retrospective to be displayed at Boomtown Casino’s 1800 Prime Steakhouse. The quarterly event known as WAM (Wine, Art and Music) will feature a collection from Mrs. Cook’s large body of work; as well as, wine and food pairings.
Virginia Chevalier Cook was born and reared in Central Louisiana and has always been drawn to the natural world. The rural environment of her childhood influenced her throughout her long and prolific career. She is a gifted teacher who has taught both children and adults for more than twenty-seven years. She works in acrylics and most of her color pallet is dominated by muted earth tones ranging from rich browns to soft creams. She often works within the scope of the representational and the abstract; which, has resulted in the cultivation of her own unique style. Cook has exhibited her work for 30 years and has award winning pieces in the Louisiana State Capitol, several municipal buildings and private collections throughout the United States.
In addition to her work as a celebrated visual artist, Cook has also served on several boards and advisory committees; such as, the Desert Art Association, Edwards Air Force Base (1970-1974), and City Arts Programs, with the California Parks and Recreation Department. In 1979 she founded the Bossier Arts Association and in 1980 went on to co-found the Bossier Arts Council. She served as president for the first three years and it was during this time that she attended many local functions in an effort to create visibility and interest in the community. She was instrumental in coordinating a volunteer program and conceived and developed the Spring Art Festival, the Student Art Exhibit and many artists’ workshops.
Virginia Cook’s legacy can be found in the present programming of the Bossier Arts Council (BAC), and she remains a fixture there teaching an adult art class each week in the learning annex on the BAC main campus. She is an inspiration to area artists and the Bossier Arts Council staff.
Cook’s Boomtown reception will be on February 20, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 at Boomtown’s 1800 Prime Steakhouse. Cost is $25 for all you can eat and drink, 21 years and up. __________________________________________________________________________
Kendra Johnson-Thompson holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Art History from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Liberal Arts with an expected graduation in 2014. One of the highlights of her academic career is securing an internship at the Bossier Arts Council which led to a permanent position as the Event Coordinator. She is an active member of the Highland community where she lives with her family and 3 furbabies.