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Portraits from Week Seven

We’re excited to share with you the seventh week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Mr. Okra, John Kennedy Toole, Marie Laveau, Cosimo Matassa, Sister Stanislaus Malone, and Karen DeSalvo . Mr. Okra, by Jeff Morgan “When I was small, I used to hear my daddy and his friends. He did it all up… Read more »

Portraits from Week Six

We’re excited to share with you the sixth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Tootie Montana, Pete Fountain, Paul Prudhomme, John Minor Wisdom, Dorothy Mae Taylor, and Blaine Kern. Tootie Montana, by Sean Randall “I do it because it’s in my blood. My daddy did it, and before him my great-uncle did it…. Read more »

Portraits from Week Five

We’re excited to share with you the fifth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Archbishop Philip Hannan, Edwin Hampton, Ellis Marsalis, Francis Xavier Seelos, Mahalia Jackson, and Thomas Jefferson. Archbishop Philip Hannan, by Alexandra Kilburn “I could feel these people had a certain morale. I knew these people would come back.” — Archbishop… Read more »

Portraits from Week Four

We’re excited to share with you the fourth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Buddy Bolden, Al Hirt, Eliza Jane Nicholson, A.P. Tureaud, Dr. Alton Ochsner Sr., and Judah Touro. Buddy Bolden, by Jeff Morgan “(Bolden was) the most powerful trumpet in history … the blowingest man since Gabriel.” – Jelly Roll Morton (excerpt from Nola.com)… Read more »

Inside the Artist Studio of Connie Kittok

Fun. Soulful. Connection. Fun, soulful, and connection are three words Connie Kittok, a Louisiana Contemporary Folk Artist uses to describe her work. She uses recycled material as her canvas for a richer texture and features oil varnishes and acrylics along with gold leaf to highlight.

Portraits from Week Three

We’re excited to share with you the third week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Leah Chase, Isaac Delgado, Fats Domino, Dave Dixon, Ruby Bridges and John         McDonogh.   Leah Chase, by D. Lammie Hanson “This was the only white-tablecloth restaurant for black people. My husband would not spend a penny in any restaurant but here…. Read more »

Hiding in Plain Sight II: Must-See Murals in Central City

This week in Hiding in Plain Sight, we’re exploring the streets and street art of Central City. Central City and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (OCH) are both essential cultural icons of New Orleans. OCH, in the late 19th and 20th, centuries was a center of rapid commercial growth and was home to a diverse population, and during the… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Sight: 8 Must-See Murals Below Esplanade

We’ve scouted New Orleans to bring you a few must-see murals in the Marigny, Bywater and Treme neighborhoods. While scouting art, we wondered what the difference was between graffiti & street art. So, we asked New Orleans street artist, Jeremy Paten for his two cents. “If I had to describe the two, I would say that graffiti rejects established standards, encourages experimentation, and draws… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Sight IV: Must-See Murals in Fat City

Fat City is Metairie’s business hub, but was once a nightlife hotspot. The rise of office buildings and apartments also meant the decline of tourism and foot traffic. The community was searching for a way to reclaim attention in a new, innovative way. The community decided to dive head first into the The Fat City Mural… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Sight II: Must-See Murals in Central City

This week in Hiding in Plain Sight, we’re exploring the streets and street art of Central City. Central City and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (OCH) are both essential cultural icons of New Orleans. OCH, in the late 19th and 20th, centuries was a center of rapid commercial growth and was home to a diverse population, and during the… Read more »