We’re excited to share with you the thirty-fifth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Roger Ogden,Sybil Morial, Harry Batt Sr., Jean Gordon, Arthur Roger, and Marion Abramson.
Roger Ogden: Collector of the South, by Gabriel Flores
“All over the state and the South, you’ll meet people who’ll tell you things about Roger’s generosity.” — Bradley Sumrall, curator, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in a 2017 interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Sybil Morial, by Michael McManus
“I guess my cocoon life helped me not to be bitter. … We couldn’t self-destruct. We couldn’t damage ourselves by being bitter because it would damage us. Living that life outside was what motivated me to get involved as an adult – not to be bitter and angry but to do things that would bring about change.” — Sybil Haydel Morial, in a 2015 interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Harry Batt Sr., by Connie Kittok
“He was a visionary. In this city, with jazz and Mardi Gras and all that stuff, to come up with this concept of family entertainment — a park and beach on the lake — he was very forward-thinking.” — Bryan Batt, actor and grandson of Harry Batt Sr., in a 2016 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
A Portrait of Jean Gordon, by Maddie Stratton
“She inherited a Scotch desire to see things done the way one thinks they should be done, Scotch tenacity in the effort to get them done that way, Scotch insistence against odds in the way, Scotch courage, Scotch willingness to be disagreeable if necessary in the process, Scotch ingenuity in the adoption of means to ends.” — The New Orleans Item, in an editorial memorializing Jean Gordon (excerpt from Nola.com)
Arthur Roger: Patron of the Arts, by Gabriel Flores
“Artwork is like houses. We have the ability to live in them and love them, but they will go on after us.” — Arthur Roger, in a 2017 interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Marion Abramson, by Connie Kittok
“From kindergarten to the graduate schools of our great universities, she worked untiringly to bring quality education to Louisiana.” — Louisiana Superintendent of Education William J. Dodd, speaking of Marion Abramson in 1967 (excerpt from 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.