Exploring the intersection of music and art, Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues is a tribute to Allen Toussaint, one of the New Orleans’ greatest musicians and supporters of emerging artists, whose soul, creativity, and vision undeniably shaped the rhythm of the City.
A partnership born of a shared passion for supporting local artists, Where Y’Art along with The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery — a historic New Orleans hotel housed in the Warehouse Arts District — will debut our third collaborative exhibition, Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One.
The opening kicks off on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 5:30pm – 8pm at The Old No. 77 (535 Tchoupitoulas).
The party will continue on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 5:30pm – 10pm with the debut of Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set Two at the Where Y’art Gallery (1901 Royal Street).
Discover more details about Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Set One and Set Two below.
Revered for his role in heralding the golden age of New Orleans rhythm and blues, Toussaint often credited the city of New Orleans as the inspiration behind his ever-lasting body of music. Taking its name from one of Toussaint’s iconic productions, Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One presents a collection of 30 selected works by New Orleans artists Tony Hollums, Tony Nozero and Andy Levin whose music-themed works of art have, like Toussaint’s music, drawn inspiration from the Crescent City.
Coinciding with the start of French Quarter Festival, the debut of Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One will kick off with a celebratory launch party at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016 featuring live music performed by students of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, an iconic arts education institution devoted to the academic and creative development of young artists in Louisiana. The launch of Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm & Hues Set One offers a last chance to view works by NOCCA alumni Ashley Teamer and Jacob Reptile currently on display in the hotel’s lobby gallery.
Punch drafted up by Abigail Gullo’s bar team at Compère Lapin will be served from the lobby bar during the opening and custom “Brass Fed” canvas totes created in collaboration by Goods That Matter, Where Y’Art and The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, a medical home that provides primary care, mental health, social services and advocacy care to musicians and artists regardless of whether the patient is insured, under-insured or uninsured.
RSVP for Set One here.
The show features Selected works by local New Orleans artists – Keith Eccles, Erika Goldring, Cheryl Anne Grace, Jon Guillaume, George McClements, Wyoming Quinn + Scott Greenfield, Teri Walker + Chad Ridgeway, and Joel Scilley, with a special pop-up by jeweler Forrest Bacigalupi at the gallery opening.
Art lovers attending the Set Two opening are encouraged to visit Where Y’Art gallery’s neighbor R Bar for drinks and crawfish, with a boil starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night.
RSVP for Set Two here.