We’re excited to share with you the forty-fifth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Frank G. Painia, Mary Howell, Warren Leruth, Arthur Q. Davis, Joan of Arc, and Wilbert Rawlins Jr.
Frank G. Painia, by Jeremy Paten
“(It) was like home. In fact, it was home. The … Dew Drop is where I used to live back in the day. Walter (‘Wolfman’ Washington) and I both did. It was the place. Everybody would come to town, and we would be the first to see them. It was great days around that time. Wasn’t making no money, but you didn’t have a lot to pay for.” — musician Johnny Adams, in a 1994 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Mary Howell, by Jessica Strahan
“I never liked bullies. I would always take up for the underdog.” — Mary Howell, in a 2001 profile in Tulanian, Tulane University’s alumni magazine (excerpt from Nola.com)
Warren Leruth, by Jeremy Paten
“My purpose was always to refine and purify true New Orleans cooking. Some chefs are so revved up, always worrying about what to do next. They’re caught in a triple-high-speed squirrel cage, racing around at the price of Louisiana cooking. Now they can access Southwest, Northern California, Pacific Rim, Chinese, and that can be great, but some of this stuff crosses over into cuckoo world. I still come from the school of people who eat with their palates, not their eyes.” — Warren Leruth, in a 1995 Times-Picayune interview (excerpt from Nola.com)
Arthur Q. Davis, by Jessica Strahan
“He always moved forward and never stepped back. He was like some kind of nuclear reactor; he always had the energy to go forward.” — Quint Davis, about his father, Arthur Q. Davis. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Wilbert Rawlins Jr., by Queen Hope Parker
“This is the alternative to all that gangbanging and drugs and bull. Band is a full-time job! You go to school all day, and then you got practice till long about seven o’clock. And you been holding yourself (ramrod straight). Got to keep it right. So you’re tired. You can’t be hanging on no street corners.” — Wilbert Rawlins Jr., in a 2008 New Yorker profile (excerpt from Nola.com)
Joan of Arc, by Saegan Swanson
“Begone, or I will make you go.” — Joan of Arc, to the English invaders of France during the Hundred Years’ War (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.