Ear Buds and Brush Strokes: Norton Exhibit to Feature Songs Handpicked by Locals

Music is part of our daily lives: the radio is on in the car, the record player is on at home, or MP3s are playing through our iPhone while we exercise, work, or even grocery shop.

We’re seeing more creative use of music, too. During the holidays, it’s not foreign to hear songs and be mesmerized by coordinated lights. And, bands such as Shreveport-based Vela Nora give their audience an audio-visual performance at each show year-round.

Grant Nuckolls, proprietor of Shreveport’s Twisted Root, chose “I Must Be in a Good Place Now” by Bobby Charles to complement View of Louisiana by William Henry Buck

It’s no surprise that the same museum which brought Shreveport-Bossier #HashtaggingHistory found a way to incorporate music into its extensive collection.

“The Sound of Art” is set to open January 17 and run through March 4 at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, located at 4747 Creswell Avenue in Shreveport.

Twenty-four folks from the area have handpicked songs for different pieces inside the 122,500 square foot museum. The songs make up a public Spotify list, which will be available to all patrons through the app or a QR code.

Elizabeth Pattillo, manager of Flying Heart Brewery in Bossier, chose “Carousel Ride” by Rubblebucket to complement “Don’t Nobody Hurt Anybody Said Specimen Jones”, Frederic Remington.

“We thought it would be fun to see what other music people saw in the art, and finding community members to participate in this exhibit was incredible,” said Emily Feazel, the museum’s designer of exhibits and special events. “We have such a wide range of individuals, from musicians and artists, to brewery owners, to writers! They [each] are passionate and love our community. We knew they would create a really wonderful interactive exhibit.”

“I think it’s a really unique idea,” said Real Estate Agent at Re/Max and Lead Singer of local band Hydrogen Child Ansley Rimmer. “When Emily told me about the exhibit, I immediately knew what artist I wanted to use and what album I would choose.”

Jada Durden, social media influencer, chose “Brown Skin Lady” by Mos Def and Talib Kweli to complement “Marie and the Red Geranium” by Henrietta Wyeth.

Rimmer chose the title track from Alabama Shakes’ sophomore album, “Sound and Color,” for the art piece she chose.

“I thought it was pretty fitting,” said Rimmer. “And I hope listeners/viewers feel something when they experience the piece I chose and the song together.”

“Everyone is different,” added Feazel. “That’s what’s so interesting about ‘The Sound of Art.’ You are getting a glimpse into what these co-curators are hearing when you stand in front of the piece they chose.”

“The Sound of Art ” exhibition dates: January 17 – March 4, 2018
Business Hours:
Wednesday-Thursday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am- 7:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm