An educational exhibit titled It’s What You Make of It, A Celebration of Life by Bennett Sewell, MD will be at the Louisiana State Museum in Shreveport through December 27.
The exhibit will feature the life stories of 24 area citizens over the age of 75, a culturally diverse section of our community. Told through interviews and photographs, they will share with you their experiences – growing up in the Great Depression; their active working lives; and where they are at present – both hardships and rewards. Period music recorded by music director Alexandre Kent will accompany the exhibit.
Brian Lewis has captured the essence of each community member with individual portrait photography, past and present, to accompany the histories. Lewis has worked as a professional photographer in Shreveport for 28 years and collaborated with Sewell on this project.
Sewell has compiled a book that includes photographs and biographies of the participating senior citizens. Copies of the book will be available during the exhibit. Sewell has been developing this project for more than two years.
“This is a gift to the community from all of us, as payback for the life which we were given,” he said.
Exhibit participants include: Helen Adger, Wali Amin, Ike Bogan, Murray Clayton, Bob Davis, Carlette Goines, Mike Guastella, Rozelle Hahn, John Hussey, Oria L. Lamonte, C. M. Lester, Jr. D.D.S, Danny Logan, Gisela Lozada, Charlton Lyons, Jr., Margaret Myles, Emily Anne Ostendorff, Barbara Pendleton, Dennis Robertson, Aaron Selber, Jr., Bennie Simmons, Myrtle H. Sims, Willie Thomas, Ealie Thornton, Geraldine Wray, Ann Wright
Exhibit commentary will be provided by Pat Sewell, MD and Charleton H. Lyons, Jr.
It’s What You Make of It, A Celebration of Life – the exhibit of Life’s Lessons in Northwest Louisiana – will be on display in the West Wing Gallery through Dec. 27. The staff of the museum invites the public to view the exhibit during regular museum hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum is at 3015 Greenwood Road.
Admission is free and tours are available by appointment. For more information about the Friends of Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, go to www.friendsoflsem.org and for the Secretary of State’s Museums Program, please visit our Web site at http://www.sos.la.gov/museums.