Here we go! After six months of planning, we can finally share with you that in celebration of New Orleans Tricentennial, we’ve partnered with NOLA Media Group, producers of NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune to bring you 300 for 300: The people who make New Orleans, New Orleans.
This series profiles 300 people, chosen by Nola.com and The Times-Picayune editorial board, as well as their readers. Portraits will be created, by twelve local artists for each of the 300 honorees. Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in The Times-Picayune, and every Tuesday through Sunday at Nola.com/300 and on Facebook @NOLAnews, the portraits will be released. Each artist will create 25 portraits over the course of 2018; all 300 portraits will be featured at a tricentennial exhibit next December. Each week on exclusively on Whereyart.net, the portraits will be available for sale.
Congratulations to the participating artists: Gabriel Flores, Alexandra Kilburn, Connie Kittok, D. Lammie-Hanson, Michael McManus, Jeff Morgan, Queen Hope Parker, Jeremy Paten, Sean Randall, Jessica Strahan, Maddie Stratton, and Saegan Swanson.
We’re excited to share with you the first week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Ella Brennan, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, James Gallier, Bernard “Buddy” Diliberto and St. Katharine Drexel.
Ella Brennan, by Saegan Swanson
“Commander’s Palace has anchored the corner of Washington Avenue and Coliseum Street since 1893. But it was Ella Brennan who made it one of the most important restaurants in New Orleans, elevating Louisiana cuisine and launching celebrity chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Writer Julia Reed calls her the “pizzazz ambassador of New Orleans.” Brennan doesn’t cook, but her keen business sense and unerring palate have made her a culinary megastar,” said Nola.com.
“I deeply admire Ella’s strength and unparalleled contributions to the restaurant industry here in New Orleans,” Swanson said. “I wanted to capture her incisive, discerning gaze while portraying the power and influence this magnificent matriarch carries with her. She is a true inspiration to women, and it was an honor to paint her,” said Saegan Swanson.
King Louie, by Queen Hope Parker
“Armstrong sang on New Orleans street corners for small change as a child before landing in a reformatory where he picked up the cornet. Soon after moving north in the 1920s, the young musician became a recording star. Satchmo went on to become one of the most recognizable cultural icons of the 20th century, and an ambassador for his hometown who remains celebrated around the world,” said Nola.com.
“Growing up, my father always taught me how Louis Armstrong was a big influence in spreading Jazz through America,” Parker said. “It was important to me to capture him with a crown to honor his musical throne. And although he made numerous hits, the songs he is playing on here are my favorites,” said Queen Hope Parker.
James Gallier Sr., by D. Lammie Hanson
“He arrived in the United States from Ireland as James Gallagher. But Gallagher became Gallier to fit in with the French when he moved to New Orleans in the mid-1830s and began an architecture practice that gave the city the Pontalba Buildings, the St. Charles Hotel and the old city hall now named for him. It also gave us the famed French Opera House at Bourbon and Toulouse, which Gallier’s son and business partner, James Jr., built in 1859 (it burned down in 1919). Government offices long ago moved to Perdido Street, but every mayor toasts Mardi Gras krewes from the portico of Gallier Hall,” said Nola.com.
Fess, by Jeff Morgan
“Henry Roeland Byrd still watches over musicians from above the stage at Tipitina’s, which was named in honor of one of his songs. His oversized image hangs there, but many people who see it may not know his name. They know him as Professor Longhair, or Fess — the New Orleans “rhumba boogie”-style piano player who influenced Fats Domino, Allan Toussaint and others and left us with iconic recordings of “Go to the Mardi Gras” and “Big Chief” that are as much a part of Mardi Gras as beads and doubloons,” said Nola.com.
Buddy D, by Gabriel Flores
“It was an unbridled, non-stop passion for sports that kept Buddy D young at heart despite the march of time. On TV, he was anything but a telegenic personality. On radio, he packed anything but a suave, velvet-voiced delivery. But he knew his craft. And what he didn’t know, he didn’t mask. There was no pretense to the man. Instead there was a unique genuineness that connected.” – Longtime Times-Picayune sportswriter Peter Finney, on the occasion of Buddy Diliberto’s death in 2005.
(Exert from Nola.com story)
St. Katharine Drexel
“May the example of St. Katharine Drexel be a beacon of light and hope inspiring all of us to make a greater gift of time, talent and treasure for the benefit of those most in need.” – Pope John Paul II, in canonizing her as a saint in October 2000. (Exert from Nola.com story)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.