Sunday, October 21, 2007

More Bill Joyce sketches at Cush's

When Shreveport artist and author Bill Joyce stops for a bite at Cush's Grocery and Market, he draws on the butcher paper covering the tables.
These mealside creations are turned into a one-of-a-kind gallery by proprietors Jean and Paul Cush. They just keep adding the sketches from his visits, numbering at least 30 on the walls. Ten or more are stacked next to the bakery case ready to go up.
Joyce is the mind behind Robots, Rolie Polie Olie, Meet the Robinsons and George Shrinks.
Think about it. Some meal-induced ideas simmer inside Cush's as part of a creative process. Beloved characters for children and adults come from the same hand.
This is an exclusive gallery, and you won't see this part of Joyce's work anywhere. They aren't for sale.
"Just name your price," a visiting movie producer once pushed to no avail.
The Cush family honors a longstanding request to keep this artist's journal between friends.
And genius meets genius here. There is more than just art to enjoy.
What started out as a "grocery with a restaurant" turned into a "restaurant with a grocery," says owner's son Chris Cush. He and his brother Paul Jr. round out the family affair.
Their mom fills the shelves with gourmet items. Locals know you can find some of the finest certified Angus beef in their display case. Chef Charlie Bush whips up some fantastic meals. (Joyce orders his bread pudding.) And their cupcakes will leave you star struck. Hollywood actress Katie Holmes' taste buds put their goods on the map following her 2007 movie-making visit (Mad Money).
They've served many actors since the movie industry set up shop in Northwest Louisiana, but they fondly refer to Joyce as the first star they served.
This quaint, back-in-time respite located at 9535 Ellerbe Road is truly a Shreveport gem.

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