In celebration of the Tricentennial and the trailblazers and innovators that have paved the way to make New Orleans into the creative capital it is today, The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery and Where Y’Art present NOLA 300 for 300 Exhibition starting Friday, December 7 through January 31.
Twelve artists, hand-picked by the editors of Nola Media Group producers of The Times-Picayune and Nola.com and its readers, were tapped to create portraits of 300 distinguished history movers and shakers who have helped shape New Orleans over the past three centuries. Each portrait reimagines the past through contemporary art pieces, brought to life through a creative art mix including folk art, photorealism and even graffiti.
More than 50 portraits will be on display during the special showcase at The Old No. 77 & Chandlery, located at 535 Tchoupitoulas Street. This will be the first time the collection will be shown in public. A full digital gallery of the entire collection will be available for viewing on-site, as well.
The works span categories ranging from Artists/Writers, Musicians/Band Leaders, Chefs/Food Industry, Civic Leaders/Entrepreneurs and Religious leaders, artists include: Connie Kittok, D. Lammie Hanson, Sean Randall, Jeremy Paten, Jeff Morgan, Alexandra Kilburn, Maddie Stratton, Saegan Swanson, Michael McManus, Queen Hope Parker, Gabriel Flores and Jessica Strahan.
In addition, those who would like their own coffee-table-ready version of the series can pre-order a hard-cover “300 for 300” book, featuring all 300 portraits and profiles as published in the pages of The Times-Picayune, through nola.com/300book.