Art

Urban Grit and the Particles In Between

November 05, 2018
Never underestimate the power of coming home. I used to. I couldn’t wait to move away from my small-town Louisiana life and head for the big city. Any city, it didn’t matter, I just wanted-no, needed-lights, and action, and a functioning gas station after nine thirty.

Artist Spotlight The Art of Food K-Paul's and Matt Rinard

July 27, 2018
Chef Paul Miller of K Paul’s restaurant has cheat sheets. Well, I better clear that up before I get nasty emails. What I meant to say was Chef Paul Miller of K Paul’s has cheat sheets that are a cross between colorful comedy and well thought-out design.

I Prefer You

July 27, 2018
From the first moment I saw Molly Ringwald apply the shiny pink lip-gloss using only her cleavage I knew God had made the right decision in making me a boy. While I do have lips that could sink ships, if I had had that cleavage, I would have done far more scandalous things with it than applying lip cover up. Nonetheless, my appreciation for the art of it and the talent was present and accounted for. Some might say I have been blessed to be surrounded by talented people my whole life.

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.