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:

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