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Susan Fortenberry

Susan Fortenberry

About Artist

Basic Information

  • Artist Statement

    I create because creating brings satisfaction. My art started simply with collections of beaded jewelry and vintage stamps combined with glass and sheet metal. It has evolved over time to include artifacts, elements of metal and leather and semi-precious gem stones. Some of my subject matter focuses on tigers (my totem animal), skulls, old electronic parts and middle-eastern protection icons. I want my arrangements to be body art for the wearer – little pieces of curated joy.
  • Resume

    Susan Fortenberry – BayouRain Creations – Artist Biography



    Retail Consignments

    Apr 2008 - Jul 2014 – sold jewelry on consignment at Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s ArtSpace gift shop in downtown Shreveport, LA.

    Jul 2008 – Jan 2009 – sold jewelry on consignment at Joey Black’s T Jolie gift shop.

    Nov 2008 – Oct 2012 – sold jewelry on consignment at Chemistry Hair Salon.

    Jan 2010 – May 2012 – sold rosaries and prayer bead necklaces on consignment at Alice & Caroline’s Jacob's Well gift shop in Shreveport, LA.

    Feb 2010 – sold sign language jewelry at the Betty & Leonard Phillip’s Deaf Action Center in Shreveport.

    Jul 2013 – Nov 2013 – sold jewelry on consignment at Olive Street Thrift.

    Oct 2013 – Sep 2014 – sold jewelry on consignment at the Naked Bean Café coffee shop.

    Feb 2014 – Oct 2014 - sold jewelry on consignment at the vintage store Needful Things.

    Oct 2014 & Oct 2015 – wholesale sales of artifact leather bracelets to Candace Alexander of Alexander Art Studio in Lake Charles for retail in her stores.

    May 2016 – Present - selling capacitor & resister jewelry at artist shop Agora Borealis in Shreveport, LA.

    May 2017 – Present - selling jewelry at Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s ArtSpace gift shop in Shreveport, LA.


    Group Art Shows

    Mar 2012 - One of the featured artists on display for the National Women’s History Month Exhibition “Fashionable Delights” program at the Multicultural Center of the South in Shreveport, LA.

    Feb 2013 – “Portals” installation for the Entrepreneur Exhibition in the Emerging Artists gallery group show at SRAC’s Central ArtStation.

    Jan 2016 - Mar 2016 – Selected for the Rainforest Art Foundation’s group event Abstract Nature Mixed Media Exhibition in the Marlene Yu Museum in Shreveport, LA.
    Group Art Shows continued…

    Oct 21 - 28, 2016 – One of two featured artists for “The Art of the Macabre” show at The Agora Borealis in Shreveport, LA.

    Apr 18 – 24, 2017 – Relax and Unwind Miniature Challenge at Agora Borealis in Shreveport.

    Oct 13 – Nov 4, 2017 – InGraved, a SRAC coolspace exhibit in Shreveport celebrating 100 years of history of Forest Park Cemetery.


    Art Festivals & Other Venues

    2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 - Donated jewelry for auction at the Philadelphia Center’s Annual Action Against AIDS benefit.

    Nov 2009, 2010 & 2011 – Artist vendor at the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival in Shreveport, LA.

    Spring & Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - artist vendor at the Texas Avenue Makers Fair in downtown Shreveport, LA.

    Oct 2011, Nov 2012, Nov 2013 & Oct 2014 – artist vendor at Noel Methodist Church’s Greater Gift Market in Shreveport, LA.

    Nov 2011, Nov 2012 & Dec 2013 – artist vendor for Art from the Heart of Highland group artist show at First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport as part of the Highland Cultural Arts District in the Highland Neighborhood of Shreveport, LA.

    Jul 2013 – vendor for Shreveport Zombie Walk in Shreveport, LA.

    Nov 2013 – Selected as one of the “Mini-art Pieces” project artists to be vended out of an art truck by SRAC during the Maker’s Fair/UNSCENE event.

    Dec 2013 – Artist vendor at SRAC’s UNSCENE Juried Arts Market in downtown Shreveport.

    Dec 2013 – Artist vendor at the Highland Restoration Association’s Holiday Tour of Homes Art Market at the home of Liz Swaine & Steve Culp on Southern Avenue in Shreveport, LA.

    Nov 2014 – artist vendor at The Day of the Dead Festival / Dia de los Muertos event presented by the Multicultural Center of the South and Voces Castellanas at the Columbia Park in Shreveport, LA.

    Apr 2015 – Artist vendor at the Southern Hills Business Association’s annual music festival at the Southern Hills park in Shreveport, LA.

    May 2015 – Artist vendor at the annual Highland Handmade market in the Highland neighborhood in Shreveport, LA.

    Sep 2015 & Aug 2016 – Artist vendor at the Juried Arts Market for SRAC’s Stan Lewis Music Festival in downtown Shreveport.
    Art Festivals & Other Venues Continued…

    Jun 2015 – Selected artist location for home studio tours for SRAC’s Common Culture Shreveport Bossier Artist Studio Tours event.

    Feb 2016 – H.O.S.T.S – artist vendor at Highland Open Studio Tour monthly event.

    Apr 2016 – artist vendor for Shreveport Bossier Geek Fair held at Centenary College.

    Oct 2016 – artist vendor for SBC Zombie Walk: Love & Brains in Bossier City, LA.

    Oct 2016 – artist vendor at The Day of the Dead Festival / Dia de los Muertos event presented by the Multicultural Center of the South and Voces Castellanas at the Columbia Park in Shreveport, LA.

    Dec 2015 – Artist vendor at the Bossier Arts Council’s Heart the Art: Bizarre Street Party in Bossier City, LA.

    Dec 2016 – artist vendor for Shreveport Downtown Development Authority’s Downtown ArtWalk at the Remington Suites Hotel.

    Apr 2017 – artist vendor for SRAC’s Big Event Artist Mural unveiling event at the Texas Avenue Maker’s Fair.

    Apr 2017 – artist vendor for Shreveport Downtown Development Authority’s Downtown ArtWalk at Minicine?.

    Apr 2017 – Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s NWLA Artists Studios Tour event.

    April 2017 – 3rd Annual Agora Borealis Fashion Show “Shrevepunk Fashion and Art Show” at 601 Spring Street – jewelry designer for five runway “looks.”

    May 2017 – artist vendor for Shreveport Downtown Development Authority’s Downtown ArtWalk at the Remington Suites Hotel.

    Jun 2017 – H.O.S.T.S – artist vendor at Highland Open Studio Tour event.

    Sep 2017 – H.O.S.T.S – artist vendor at Lotus Studios for Highland Open Studio Tour event.


    Professional Memberships, Education & Honors

    Aug 2011 – Present – Member of Ark-La-Tex Gem & Mineral Society.

    Oct 2011 – 2-day metal-smithing class at the Gem & Mineral Society to work with jewelry torches, fabricate metal, set stones and work with sterling silver.

    Apr & Jun 2012 – 2-day classes in precious metal clay metal techniques specializing in fine silver & copper at the Gem & Mineral Society.

    Professional Memberships, Education & Honors continued…

    Aug 2012 – Oct 2012 - Arts Council of New Orleans’ Visual Artists as Entrepreneur Training Program through the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

    Sep & Oct 2012 – Student in Kelly Rae Robert’s “Flying Lessons (Tips & Tricks to Help Your Creative Business Soar)” eCourse.

    Sep 2012 - Selected to be Juried Roster Artist with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Northwest Louisiana Artist Registry by national art critic Robert Pincus. Term is Oct 2012 – Sep 2017.

    Apr 2017 – Designated a Collectible Artist by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council for a period of 3 years after two Shreveport collectors elected to collect my work.

    Oct 2017 – Awarded “Best of Discipline: Visual” for entry “Memento Mori” at Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s ArtSpace exhibition InGRAVED Celebrating 100 Years of Forest Park Cemetery group art show and contest.

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