Catherine Todd, Co-founder & Creative Director
I didn’t get an advanced degree. I don’t have an official curatorial background. I’ve never worked in a gallery or museum before. Some could say, I am not qualified to be an “art person” or judge of artists work. My passion for the arts is instinctual and comes from a lifetime spent surrounded by it. From growing up in New Orleans, to having an artist for a mother, living and working as a graphic designer turned art-repreneur. My style and taste developed over time, creativity influenced by the neighborhoods I’ve lived in and the people I met. I live with art, and invest in the artists, not because I am a collector, or because I run an arts business, but because I believe art is transformative. It enriches my daily life, helps me find humor in the hard times and sense out of the senseless. My experience informed my will to solve a problem. Art doesn’t have to be intimidating. It’s the lifeblood of our city, New Orleans’ greatest natural resource. Art should be as approachable as the city that inspired it.
Collin Ferguson, Co-founder & Managing Director
Collin Ferguson’s love affair with New Orleans began at Tulane University, where she was torn between studying art and business. Her eventual decision to attend Tulane’s AB Freeman School of Business prepared her for the world of marketing without ever eclipsing her love of art.
Time abroad, spent as a teacher in Thailand and volunteering in Latin America exposed Collin to administrative practices administrative practices in diverse, international environments. The act of travel also reconnected her with her old passion for art. In 2011, after over six years overseas, she settled back in New Orleans and founded Birds of a Feather NOLA, which focuses on feather hair pieces and headdresses, encaustic painting, and photography. Within a year of launching Birds of a Feather, she had become a self-sustaining artist, and within two years, she could barely keep up with orders. During this time she witnessed firsthand the difficulties of arts promotion and marketing among local colleagues, and at the same time was approached by Catherine Todd regarding Where Y’Art. A business was born.
Heather Booth, Community Manager
Heather was raised in New Orleans where she was always inspired by the heart, soul, and culture of the city. After high school, she went on to graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Fiber Arts. Upon her return home she began to immerse herself in the New Orleans art culture. She worked with many art co-ops and frequented art gatherings and festivals, which eventually led her to Where Y’art. She continues to create art with a current focus on jewelry and metals.
Pam Blackmon, Social Media Manager
Growing up 90 minutes away from New Orleans was
torturous. Being a lover of live music and having a
gregarious personality in a small town (Ocean Springs, MS) felt like standing next to a tall wooden fence and hearing a lively dinner party on the other side. For years I yearned to be in Nola but couldn’t make the move for various reasons. In 2010, when I closed my eight year career with a national lifestyle retailer, my career quickly shape-shifted. The vibrancy of New Orleans drew me into culturally diverse communities, led me to valuable relationships, and a gave me a fresh perspective. I
became so inspired by the synergy of the musicians, artists and entrepreneurs around me, I decided to utilize my business background in a way that would satiate some very unique marketing needs I recognized. In the Fall of 2012, my business brainchild Funk Baby was born. Owning a grassroots marketing and event production company has opened up opportunities for me to connect the dots and collaborate with startups like Where Y’Art and to pour my heart and soul into creating community and driving sales on a local level.
Josh Brasted, Photographer
Josh Brasted grew up in New Orleans and attended both Ben Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. After receiving a degree in film from the University of New Orleans, Josh’s interests shifted to still photography and his passion for it has grown exponentially. Josh’s interest in the documentation of the local arts and music scene lead to early notoriety, landing photos in The New York Times and Spin Magazine.
Josh’s photos have since appeared in national and international publications including The LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Guardian, Billboard, National Geographic, Vogue, Time, and Rolling Stone. When not holding a camera, Josh enjoys traveling, snorkeling and horseback riding.
Eric Nunez, Photographer
I am a simple man with complex thoughts, and I love to express them through art and photography. Born and raised in St. Bernard Parish, but I love to travel anywhere life takes me. My Inspiration is LIFE – plain and simple. My passion is discovering the hidden beauty that surrounds us; whether it is the way a building ages and breaks down after a life well spent or the way a child smiles as it looks up at their parents. Beauty surrounds us everywhere, and sometimes we forget to look for it… so here I am to remind you. I love the feel of the city. New Orleans is where my heart is, New York is where my dreams are, everywhere in between is where I am. Living each day like it was my last and sharing my passion.