Friday, May 29, 2009

Arthur Q. Davis: Legacy of a Modern Architect

Through Sunday, July 19
Call 504.539.9600 to order

Throughout Arthur Q. Davis’ long and prolific career as an architect, he has been a pioneer in the fields of modern architecture and design in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, building an international reputation while remaining rooted in the culture of his native city. This exhibition is a retrospective of his long career, featuring his papers, photographs, and related archival materials.

Current Ogden exhibitions:

Paintings by Artist Issa Abou-Issa @ Villa Vicci

Through Thursday, December 31

Come visit Villa Vicci to view Issa Abou-Issa's paintings located on Magazine street in New Orleans and in Covington, LA.

Artwork by Issa Abou-Issa will be on view and for sale May 1 - December 31, 2009.

The Meridian Series Presented By Marie Bukowski @ Cole Pratt Gallery

Through Sunday, May 31

Louisiana artist Marie Bukowski invites awe and interpretation with her latest series of monotypes showing at Cole Pratt Gallery this May. The colorful paper works, titled The Meridian Series, are the largest scale monotypes the artist has yet to exhibit. Opening reception will be held Saturday, May 2nd from 6-8 pm at Cole Pratt Gallery. Exhibition will continue through the month of May.

Visit the gallery website:

Studio Residency Exhibition and ArtVenture Marketplace

Studio Residency Exhibition and ArtVenture MarketPlace
Thursday through Saturday
Noon-5pm, June 4-27
Louisiana ArtWorks
725 Howard Avenue
New Orleans

The 2008-2009 Studio Residents are celebrating the completion of the first year of Louisiana ArtWorks residency program by exhibiting work throughout the building. Additionally, the ArtVenture Marketplace is a retail store featuring fine arts and crafts from a wide variety of artists. A special highlight is a Flat File of works on paper all priced at under $500.

Arts Advocacy Update

From the Arts Council of New Orleans:

On May 20th members of the Arts Council of New Orleans joined arts organizations from across the state to participate in Arts Advocacy Day. Arts representatives set up presentations and arts displays in the state capitol to continue arts advocacy efforts, personally urging legislators to support the restoration of funds to state arts funding in House Bill 1 (HB1) in the state’s 2009-2010 operating budget.

After facing a threat of losing $2,468,938 in statewide Decentralized Arts Funding and $798,624 in Statewide Arts Grants, the bill passed with funding to these programs restored. These successful advocacy efforts are thanks to the Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy (LPAA), who mobilized individuals and arts organizations statewide resulting in more than 75,000 emails to legislators asking for a reinstatement of arts grant funding.

HB1 is currently in Senate Finance where public testimony will be taken today and Monday. The Arts Council of New Orleans will continue to keep you posted on as budget process proceeds. As a stakeholder in Louisiana’s cultural economy it is important to support the LPAA’s efforts, especially as state arts funding will face increased challenges in the coming years.

Please consider supporting the LPAA efforts to safeguard our state’s investment in the arts. Visit The Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy website to join our efforts and become part of the larger voice to support continued funding to Louisiana’s artists.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Art Venture 2009

Louisiana ArtWorks Unveils Closing Exhibit at Peoples Health ArtVenture 2009
Scheduled for May 29th

The annual studio residency cycle that began in June 2008 at Louisiana ArtWorks (LAW) is coming to a close with a final exhibition comprised of installations throughout three floors of the building by the artist residents. The exhibition will be unveiled during Peoples Health ArtVenture 2009, the signature, annual fundraiser for Louisiana ArtWorks to be held May 29th from 7:00—11:00pm. Tickets are available online at or by calling 504.571.7373.

Additionally, at the request of Honorary Chair, Arthur Roger, a number of well known artists along with the Studio Residents, have created self portraits to be sold as part of a silent auction taking place during the event. Artists participating include Jan Aronson, Jacqueline Bishop, Margaret Evangeline, Tony Fitzpatrick, Rico Gatson, Gene Koss & Francis Pavy.

A Live Auction will be emceed by Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV and will include Private Dinner Parties by Chef John Folse, Chef Greg Reggio, and Domenica, the new Chef John Besh Restaurant in the Roosevelt Hotel; and a One-of-a-kind Mignon Faget Pylon Necklace.

Another highlight of the evening will be the ArtVenture MarketPlace, a special sale of fine arts and crafts including a Flat File of works on paper including work by Brad Benischek, Mary Beyt, Jessica Bizer, Ralph Bourque, Kyle Bravo, Stephen Collier, Ben Diller, David Dubose, Margaret Evangeline, Jessica Goldfinch, Shawn Hall, Sally Heller, Chris Herbeck, Rachael Jones, Frahn Koerner, Rebecca Penton, Julie Pieri, Megan Roniger, Heather Ryan-Kelly, Stephen Sollins and David Sullivan.

Peoples Health ArtVenture 2009 will mark another milestone for Louisiana ArtWorks as the organization welcomes the founding members of the ArtVenturers’ Circle, Louisiana ArtWorks' new annual membership group. AT&T is hosting the ArtVenturers’ Lounge as a special benefit for the new members. The Lounge will feature specialty drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Palate New Orleans. Décor will be provided by CHL Linens.

The Studio Residents’ installations are being generously sponsored by J. Kerry Clayton & Paige Royer and Shell. Entertainment will feature Fredy Omar con su Cuarteto and participating restaurants include Bayona, Benedict’s Plantation, Bradley’s Best, Byblos Restaurant, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Emeril’s, Lil’ Dizzy’s Café, Mélange at the Ritz, Mr. B’s Bistro, Palate New Orleans, PJ’s Coffee & Tea, WOW Café Wingery and Zea Rotisserie.

Louisiana ArtWorks Studio Residents for 2008-2009 are Jeff Becker, Sidney Besse, Ralph Bourque, Blake Boyd, Marcus Brown, Sandra Burshell, Darrin Butler, Bonnie Camos, Stephen Collier, Andrea Ferguson, Jacques Gasquet, Jessica Goldfinch, Brian Guidry, Louise Guidry, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Sally Heller, Rachel Jones, Morgana King, Frahn Koerner, Srdjan Loncar, Shawne Major, Francis Pavy, Adrian Price, Dan Tague and Elizabeth Underwood.

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact Karen Louise Crain, or phone 504.571.7373 or t. To purchase online, please visit:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Louisiana Artworks - Bronze Casting Workshops

Louisiana ArtWorks
May 14th, 2009

Louisiana ArtWorks is pleased to announce Bronze Casting workshops for the month of May. Beginning and Advanced Bronze Casting will run concurrently from May 23rd through the 30th. Tuition for each workshop is $325.00 plus bronze costs at $8.00 per pound. Workshops will take place at the Louisiana ArtWorks building at 725 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Enrollment limited to 15 students per class. To register for a workshop please call the Louisiana ArtWorks office at 504.571.7373, or visit our website at and click on the printmaking page.

Course Schedule is as follows:
Saturday, May 23rd, 12-4 PM;
Sunday, May 24th, 12-4 PM;
Monday, May 25th, 6-9 PM;
Wednesday, May 27th, 6-9 PM;
Saturday, May 30th, 12-4 PM.

In Basic Bronze Casting, participants will learn the basics of making a pattern, constructing a sand mold, and bronze casting and finishing techniques utilizing the foundry and a variety of materials. The workshop is open to all levels of experience. Over the course of the workshop, each student will create up to a 12 pound bronze sculpture.

In Advanced Bronze Casting students may cast larger and more complicated patterns and the size limit for the final bronze casting is 50 pounds (larger castings may be made with instructor approval). In this class, students will learn more about the finishes and patinas of their bronze castings. Requirements for this class are completion of a previous Basic Bronze Casting class. Students with prior casting experience are also welcome to enroll, by permission of the instructor--call the Louisiana ArtWorks office to inquire.

The Louisiana ArtWorks Team
818 Howard Avenue, Suite 500
New Orleans, LA 70113
T: 504.571.7373
F: 504.571.7368

This program is supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

HELP! Save the Louisiana Division of the Arts!

Save the Louisiana Division of the Arts -
Save DOA - the state arts funding agency supporting established arts institutions, nurture both emerging arts organizations and our overall cultural economy.

Several weeks ago the House Appropriations Committee wisely RESTORED funding for Decentralized Arts Funding and Statewide Arts Funding grants in the state budget. The full House will start debating HB1, the budget, tomorrow (Thurs, May 14), and we need to make sure our legislators know we want the funding to STAY in the budget.

Please take a moment to contact your representatives and urge them to SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT RESTORING ARTS FUNDING. Visit (on the lower left), enter your zip code into the box marked "Write Your Legislators" and follow the directions from there. It only takes a moment. If you know any of the representatives, feel free to add a personal note such as "the arts organizations in our parish need your support through your vote to approve the House Appropriations Committee Amendment restoring Decentralized Arts Funding and Statewide Grant Programs to the CRT budget."

Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Louisiana ArtWorks and ABC No Rio

Louisiana ArtWorks

Dear Artists and Arts Enthusiasts,

On May 19th at 7 PM Louisiana ArtWorks will host a lecture by ABC No Rio, a collectively-run arts center on Manhattan's Lower East Side. ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists committed to an actively engaged culture and a vision of expanded possibility for our lives, our neighborhoods, our cities and our society. It is a place where people share resources and ideas in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support. No Rio has been a welcoming and supportive venue for many thousands of emerging artists, performers, poets and musicians. Events programming at ABC No Rio includes exhibitions, readings, performance and concerts. Facilities include a screenprinting shop. a darkroom, a 'zine library and a computer center. Affiliated projects include the NYC chapters of Books Through Bars and Food Not Bombs. ABC No Rio offer classes in photography to neighborhood youth, and has hosted meetings, workshops, forums and benefits for scores of area organizations and projects. Join Louisiana ArtWorks as we engage ABC No Rio's Director Steven Englander and former Director Peter Cramer (1983-1990) in a discussion on the development of their organization and the importance of community and artist collectives.

Panel takes place at Louisiana ArtWorks, 725 Howard Avenue at Carondelet. Suggested Donation $3.00.

The Louisiana ArtWorks Team
818 Howard Avenue, Suite 500
New Orleans, LA 70119
T: 504.571.7373
F: 504.571.7368

This program is made possible by the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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