An art exhibit featuring "Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat" by Bill Joyce will open Friday August 27 at Artspace in downtown Shreveport. The event runs from 5:30 to 9pm.
But you will have to show proof of a Covid vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test from recent days.

Here are the guidelines posted about this event:

Due to the Pandemic, Artspace and Shreveport Regional Arts Council have decided to put these rules into effect for these Exhibition Openings.

1. All attendees (Ages 13+) must provide proof of Covid 19 vaccination or a negative Covid test that is no older than August 24.
2. All attendees must wear a face mask. This includes children.
3. Artspace will be encouraging safe spacing.

 These rules mirror what is in place in the City of New Orleans.
At this exhibit, you will see the process of creating "Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat" from the early sketches Joyce drew to the many story ideas to the character development and the final product. It will be a bit of an inside look into the mind of a genius.
If you attend this opening night event on Friday, you will also receive a complementary ticket to see the short film at the Robinson Film Center across the street on the same night. The film will be showing every 30 minutes.

Academy Award winner Joyce says he drew inspiration for this film from Cary Grant, Salvador Dali, Buster Keaton, and many others.

Joyce wrote and directed the Academy Award-Winning animated short, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”  He says “Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat” is a jubilant mix of surrealism and romance set in 1927.
Joyce says “I only ever met two of the crew who worked on the film. We would work via zoom every day from sometimes five different locations including Shreveport, London, Vancouver, Montreal, and Chennai. We had a really, really good team. The pandemic made us adapt. But we came together and got the job done. It was inspiring!”

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