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The Shreveport Times

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Past articles by Neil:

Historic tax credits worth saving: letter

Louisiana's commercial historic tax credit puts money back into our treasury while preserving our state's unique culture, says a Shreveport business owner who has used the credits. → Read More

All it takes is time – and persistence

Arts columnist Neil Johnson’s life motto has long been “Learning never ends.” → Read More

These legal minds plead guilty to being artists

Artists and lawyers. Being one doesn’t exclude some locals from becoming the other. → Read More

Neil Johnson: What is new — or inspired by old?

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. → Read More

Neil Johnson: Two La. representatives in Washington

I just got back from American Tourist Mecca, i.e., Washington D.C. I heartily recommend the tour of the U.S. Capitol. Talk about a powerhouse! Our guide made my head spin with so many interesting facts about th → Read More

Neil Johnson: Hi, Ho Silver! AWAAAAAAY!

You’ve got your silver linings to dark clouds, silver bells at Christmas, your silver bullets to solve vampire issues, the spoon in a wealthy young mouth, but silver is always number two, the sidekick to superh → Read More

North and South, let me introduce you

I am submitting a few pieces of art into the Art Melt. Huh? What’s an “art melt"? Making cool images out of ice cream on a hot summer Louisiana pavement? → Read More

North and South, let me introduce you

I am submitting a few pieces of art into the Art Melt. Huh? What’s an “art melt"? Making cool images out of ice cream on a hot summer Louisiana pavement? → Read More

Neil Johnson: When too much is too much — shorter can be better

Michelangelo: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” And then this from the same hammer and chisel artist: “Carving is easy, you just go down to the ski → Read More

Northwest Louisiana as a blank canvas

“White. A blank page or canvas. The challenge: bring order to the whole. Through design. Composition. Tension. Balance. Light. And harmony.” → Read More

To graduating seniors: Commence!

As no one asked me to give a commencement address to any class of 2016, I made an executive decision to do so in writing here. If you you missed out on a graduation ceremony this year, have someone read this ou → Read More

JOHNSON: On fountains, festivals and other follow-ups

I’m not one to make a mistake and sweep it under the carpet. So, call this a column to “fix” a few mistakes I’ve made, and generally follow-up on a few columns being swept into the dustbin of history. → Read More

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Beatle!

Yes, I know. I’m supposed to write about the arts in northwest Louisiana. → Read More

JOHNSON: Stop, look and listen to art

Have you ever seen a work of art — on a wall, in a book, in a gallery — that stuck your feet to the floor, grabbed your total attention, and turned your brain to mush? → Read More

JOHNSON: Has consistent arts criticism left northwest Louisiana?

I am not an arts critic. Let’s get that out of the way. → Read More

The creative spark of Paula Hallman

What happens to the creative spark when an artist dies? → Read More

Johnson: There be artists among us

A man who works with his hands is a laborer. → Read More

Shreveport rocks national stage, national acts

Cool! It’s a Saturday morning in March, and I just got to watch a local rock band, Seratones, perform on CBS This Morning, live in their big city studio. (They didn’t say “The Seratones” on the show, so I’m lea → Read More

Food isn’t the only thing for sale at local restaurants

This is the second of a two-part column on art in restaurants, the first being from Feb. 18. I love art, and I do love eating out, but this is kind of an odd pairing. Or is it? → Read More

To eat or to art — that is actually the question

On Valentine’s Day — well, night — did you and your Sweetie go out to eat, to a nice restaurant? The kind of dining establishment that you might only go to on Valentine’s Day or other celebratory occasions, lik → Read More