We’re excited to share with you the thirty-ninth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Elizabeth Kettenring Begue, Deacon John Moore, Boysie Bollinger, Archie Manning, Melissa Sawyer, and Gertrude Gardner.
Elizabeth Kettenring Begue, by Queen Hope Parker
“I’m very proud to testify the happiest of my days, / Is March 11, ’95, at breakfast at Begue’s.” — poet Eugene Field, writing in the visitor’s book at Begue’s (excerpt from Nola.com)
Deacon John, by Jeff Morgan
“(Allen Toussaint) came along and recognized that I had a talent, and put me in the studio. And now I’ve got something that they can’t take away from me. I’m a part of the New Orleans history and music culture that came from that period. I can’t believe all the stuff that I played on as a guitar player.” — Deacon John Moore, in a 2015 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Boysie Bollinger, by Michael McManus
“I think it’s important to give back. We’ve been blessed with very fortunate resources and we’re able to support a lot of worthy causes and we’re happy to do so.” — Boysie Bollinger, in a 2016 news release from Audubon Nature Institute after he and his wife gave $5 million to bring lions back to the zoo. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Archie Manning, by Sean Randall
“It really hurt me to get traded (from New Orleans). I had played that long and been told I was going to be here. Very much wanted to finish my career here. So, I guess it broke my heart more than anything.” — Archie Manning, in an NFL Films feature on his career (excerpt from Nola.com)
A Portrait of Melissa Sawyer, by Maddie Stratton
“Seeing for the first time the amount of dire poverty and the inequitable distribution of wealth in New Orleans was so staggering. I think that’s why I’m still here, quite frankly. We have so much work that we need to do. I don’t feel like I’ve played a big enough role in trying to make it better.” — Melissa Sawyer, in a 2016 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Gertrude Gardner, by Michael McManus
“I’ve just always loved houses and helping friends find them and do them over, so I decided it would be quite logical for me to try selling real estate. I asked myself, ‘Why not? Why not just see?'” — Gertrude Gardner, in a 1977 interview (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.