We’re excited to share with you the forty-second week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Patricia Gay, Jan Ramsey, Sunny Norman, Angela Gregory, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Judy Watts.
Patricia Gay, by Saegan Swanson
“Patty is one of the country’s strongest voices for preservation in the broadest sense. She knows all of the facts and figures, as well as the human side. She has been tireless in seeking solutions that benefit both old houses and celebrate those who built, live and work in the historic fabric of the New Orleans. It’s hard to imagine how the city would be without her years of insight and tireless action.” — local preservationist Camille Strachan, quoted in Preservation in Print magazine (excerpt from Nola.com)
Jan Ramsey, by Alexandra Kilburn
“It became an avocation for me to help develop the music business. It occurred to me that the best way for me to make an impact on music was through media. I wasn’t thinking about it as a business. I was thinking that this was just something that I could do by force of will. I didn’t understand the scope of the project.” — Jan Ramsey, discussing the motivation for founding OffBeat Magazine, in a University of New Orleans interview (excerpt from Nola.com)
A Portrait of Sunny Norman, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“She leads. She puts people together. She has a vision, and she’ll lead you there. She’ll listen and then subtly give you the idea and — bingo!” — Dot Shushan, an arts leader and longtime friend, describing Sunny Norman’s style in a 1999 Times-Picayune interview (excerpt from Nola.com)
Angela Gragory, by Jessica Strahan
“Ideas are born in clay, stone and bronze.” — Angela Gregory, from her journal (excerpt from Nola.com)
Louis Gottschalk, by Jeff Morgan
“Gottschalk was assimilating the musics of Europe, North America, South America, and the Islands into a cauldron that would eventually produce jazz in the late 1890s and early 1910s. One wonders how fellow pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton (and Scott Joplin, for that matter) would have turned out had Gottschalk not preceded him.” — C. Michael Bailey, in the essay “There Would Be No Jazz Without Louis Moreau Gottschalk” for allaboutjazz.com. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Judy Watts, by Connie Kittok
“”Judy is the very best example of everything a leader in child advocacy should be. She is passionate without being threatening, she is honest without being self-righteous, she is smart without being pompous, and she is in it for the long term.” — Carol Kamin, executive director of Children’s Action Alliance of Arizona and a board member of Voices for America’s Children, a national advocacy group, in a 2006 Times-Picayune story (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.