Get dolled up and enjoy an ‘ARTini’

There are certain events that are such  a part of the culture, that you associate the event with a certain season or time of year. For instance, in Shreveport-Bossier, fall means the State Fair and the Red River Revel Arts Festival, summer time is Mudbug Madness and Let the Good Times Roll and spring is a variety of colorful festivals and events, including the annual ARTini Party hosted by the Bossier Arts Council.

Though it’s only in its fourth year, ARTini is already making its mark on the local scene as one of the area’s go-to events for a night of great drinks, entertainment and art, all for a good cause. The party goes down this Saturday night, 7 p.m., March 9, at Boomtown Casino.

ARTini promo piece by Tony Reans
ARTini promo piece by Tony Reans

If you haven’t been before, here’s what you can expect: lots of mingling, great food samples, live music, a silent auction and drawing, and, of course, some of the best martinis in town in every flavor and variation you can imagine.

This year’s sponsors include Ristorante Giuseppe, Abby Singer’s Bistro, 1800 Prime Steakhouse, Twine and more.

In addition, this year’s partygoers will get to check out the latest works by award-winning local pop artist Tony Reans. Reans is known for his colorful, animation-inspired pieces that feature mash-ups of unlikely characters like the ones featured in the piece he created for this year’s ARTini event (featured in the photo within this post.)

“My world is a utopian paradise filled with zombies, robots, pirates, and ninjas who hang out in mid-century modern homes and drink martinis while enjoying jazz records,” Reans said.

If you still need an excuse to get dolled up for a night of fabulous fun, consider this – all proceeds go toward funding for the Bossier Arts Councils’ programs, including East Bank Theatre, East Bank Gallery, Arts-in-Education programming in Bossier schools, Artwalk and workshops.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

Photo note: The images used in this post are from the Bossier Art Council’s website and have been used for purposes of promoting this event. If you own this image and would like it to be removed, please contact Donecia Pea at


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