Walk the length of Julia Street between Convention Center and O'Keefe Avenue in New Orleans and you will stumble across gallery after gallery. This section of New Orleans is referred to as NOAD, New Orleans Art District. The development of this defunct warehouse area began with the 1984 World Trade Fair and continues to develop today. Though the effects of Katrina and the downturn in the economy have both impacted the arts community in New Orleans, the art scene continues to grow with first Saturday gallery walks and a full calendar of other art venues http://www.neworleansartsdistrict.com/
http://www.artneworleansmag.com/ and see Martin's works at http://stevemartinfineart.com/ or on his facebook page. Thank you for your hospitality, Steve, we hope to see you in Provincetown.
|Luc Leestemaker artwork|
|Luc Leestemaker artwork|
The majority of the exhibit was current contemporary works completed in this past decade though we expected to see works by Rothko, Kadinsky, Calder as stated on the Center's website. http://www.cacno.org/visualarts/exhibitions.html
The Ogden Museum collections include Southern arts depicting the culture of the South. When we arrived, the museum was fairly crowded so A. Paul & I opted to continue strolling through the district. You can visit the Ogden collections at
The National World War II Museum, founded in 1991 by Dr. Stephen Ambrose, is located directly next door to the Ogden, making museum hopping in this area very convenient. The museum houses one of the country's most comprehensive collections depicting WWII amphibious invasions http://nationalww2museum.org/
Once we reached the main thoroughfare in front of the Convention Center we decided to cross over and take a peek (no such thing as the enclosed shopping area is quite large) at the Riverwalk. This mall-like double story structure houses food stalls,mardi gras ornamentation, and clothing shops. Though it is not visual arts based, it did provide imagery for photographs. Outside the riverside entrance, A. Paul snapped a photo of one of Lousiana's famed paddle boats making its way down the river. Colorful mardi gras masks of ominous eyes stared back at us through windows, awaiting their turns to come to life. ( pre Mardi Gras activites are currently underway.)
After our stroll through the Riverwalk, we decided to forego the gallery stroll feeling we had taken in the gallery district during our day and ended our evening at Mulate's Cajun Restaurant for a little blackened fish with jambalaya while we listened to the tunes of a cajun band play.
We leave you with a parting shot of the setting sun reflecting on New Orleans downtown high rises.