Art

Change Is The New Black

May 07, 2018
I am scared to death of change. Change makes me as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof.

In August of 1987, the month I left home for college, I think I slept a total of ten hours throughout the entire thirty days. I would sit up and pour over my admissions paperwork, and my mind would race over the same subjects. Did I turn in all of my documents? Did I have the right backpack? Will people like me? Will I have enough moisturizer?

The Lost Medium of Watercolors: The Art of Ryan Tramonte

May 07, 2018
Ryan Tramonte’s watercolors exist within that elusive moment when a glimmer of sunlight escapes through the majestic oak trees that shield New Orleans from the brutal summer sun’s rays and pierces the eye. Ryan’s unique use of vibrant colors, light, and perspective plays with the viewer and even tricks the hypothalamus into thinking one’s own body temperature is rising. His works speak to the tender, benevolent side of the The Big Easy.

Art Spotlight- Martin Lawrence Galleries

February 01, 2018
As the blossoms bloom, returning color to City Park, spring hits New Orleans like a second line on Royal Street. Think of spring, and what comes to mind? Martin Lawrence Galleries, of course. With their Annual auction season kicking off, Martin Lawrence Galleries at 433 Royal Street is preparing to bring “Buy it now, or Bid later” back to the Westin Hotel in Canal Place for their annual Auction Season Gala. You can expect their regular, impressive world collections along with some new surprises this year.

It’s All The Same Difference

February 01, 2018
You know, the more I think about it, the more I think there is something to the old adage “opposites attract.”

Take my sister Neely and me for example. We go to together like peanut butter and jelly, but separate us and you see just how different we really are.

The Art and Science of Being "Fine"

July 27, 2017
It all began when I got my first bike and permission to leave the safety and overprotection of my family property to drop a letter at the post office for my Aunt Tina. It was like the whole world opened up and there were people everywhere. After I placed the letter in the out-of-town box, I decided to take advantage of my parole. I sat on the inside steps of the post office and watched as everyone from my small Louisiana home town came in and out dropping off packages, buying stamps, and picking up their mail.

Art Spotlight: Elliott Gallery

July 27, 2017
I have always adored animals, even from a young age. When I was a kid I had a “big box of animals” which consisted of hundreds of plastic animal figurines. Lions and tigers, and hippos all mixed in with my farm animals, and my very impressive ape collection. However, it was the pink rhino that was my favorite. I would hunt and search through the box looking for him and when I found him it was like finding treasure. A treasure, because he wasn’t just an ordinary plastic animal figurine.

Artist Spotlight... Caliche & Pao - The Yin, The Yang, and the Art

May 02, 2017
A long time ago, when I was young and trusted people, someone very wise told me that the key to a happy life is finding balance. Well, I took him literally and started my failed career as a ballet dancer. However, the older I get the more I think that finding your yin can be the best thing you can do for your yang. Royal Street has a yin and a yang that are the perfect visual balance in a decadent color explosion.

"Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings"

May 02, 2017
Besides raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, flowers are a few of my favorite things; dubbed, by yours truly, as nature’s labor of love. When the dog bites or the bee stings, it is flowers that we use to pull us up out of the dumps and help us to “get it together Mary”, another saying dubbed by yours truly.

Art Spotlight - Martin Lawrence Gallery

February 03, 2017
Its spring time, which means festival season, snowballs, and most importantly the Martin Lawrence Gallery’ New Orleans’ Spring Auction. This year the Martin Lawrence Gallery at 433 Royal Street, brings more amazing artists along the Mississippi River to the Westin Hotel Ballroom Sunday, March 26.

“The auction, and the weeks leading up to it, allows us to show collectors so much more art than we could ever hold in the gallery itself” said Gallery Director, Mary Co

It’s Not the Journey, It’s the Launch

February 03, 2017
The best part about growing up in small town rural Louisiana was plotting to leave as soon as I could. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great childhood. I had my cousins as my best friends, my Maw Maw Toni’s home cooking, I went to private school, took art lessons, slept late, and didn’t have a care in the world. Life was perfect, except that it was there in that small town. I would sit in my bedroom and wonder what the rest of the world was like. I would imagine joining African safaris in the summer. In the winter, I envisioned myself surrounded by snow—anywhere.

Browsing Outside the Square

October 31, 2016
These days, New Orleans is bursting at the seams — just as it was 200 years ago.

Eleven years after the physical devastation and population decline in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the city is filled with Millennials, opening new businesses, frequenting hundreds of new cafes and bars, and devouring art in galleries in both the Vieux Carre and surrounding neighborhoods.