300 for 300 + Portraits from Week 28

We’re excited to share with you the twenty-eighth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Earl King, Joseph Merrick Jones, Alfred Sunseri, Dr. Norman McSwain, Deb Cotton, and Roy Alciatore.

Earl King, by Gabriel Flores

Earl King, by Gabriel Flores

“‘Come On’ might be the one that people know, but I wish the world would hear more of his songs. He approached songs from different angles, from different places in life. Allen Toussaint went a certain way as a songwriter. Earl went a different way. There isn’t one word to sum up the Earl King way of writing a song and approaching music.” — Dr. John, in 2003 (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Gabriel Flores and his creative process here 
Read the full story about Earl King on Nola.com

Joseph Merrick Jones, by Michael McManus

Joseph Merrick Jones, by Michael McManus

“Joe Jones’ death takes from the community one of its most valuable and outstanding citizens. He leaves a void in the business, economic and education life of New Orleans which cannot be easily filled.” — U.S. Rep. F. Edward Hebert of New Orleans, on the 1963 death of Joseph Merrick Jones (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Michael McManus and his creative process here 
Read the full story about Joseph Merrick Jones on Nola.com

Alfred Sunseri, by Sean Randall

Alfred Sunseri, by Sean Randall

“The caviar of molluscan shellfish.” — A loving description of an oyster from Al Sunseri, Alfred Sunseri’s grandson and the president of P&J Oysters, in an oral-history interview with The Historic New Orleans Collection (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Sean Randall and his creative process here 
Read the full story about Alfred Sunseri on Nola.com

Dr. Norman McSwain, by Michael McManus

Dr. Norman McSwain, by Michael McManus

“What have you done today for the good of mankind?” — Dr. Norman McSwain, in his traditional telephone greeting (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Michael McManus and his creative process here 
Read the full story about Dr. Norman McSwain on Nola.com 

Deb Cotton, by Saegan Swanson

Deb Cotton, by Saegan Swanson

“Deb certainly lived the art she admired. … I know no one who has become a member of a community as deeply as Deb Cotton. She is as New Orleans as anyone born and raised or who has committed themselves to this place.” — Andre Perry, a friend and frequent collaborator. (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Saegan Swanson and her creative process here 
Read the full story about Deb Cotton on Nola.com

Roy Alciatore, by Michael McManus

Roy Aliciatore, by Michael McManus

“My grandfather transformed the see-and-be-seen-scene of Antoine’s into true fine dining. Roy is the one who gave Antoine’s its reputation.” — Antoine’s CEO and Roy Alciatore’s grandson Rick Blount, speaking to Zagat in 2014 (excerpt from Nola.com) 

Discover more about Michael McManus and his creative process here 
Read the full story about Roy Alciatore on Nola.com 

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.