I have found a great new venue to showcase my art. It also happens to be a wonderful restaurant. The Velvet Cactus in Lakeview is among one of my favorite new hotspots. A great patio area with all kinds of funky goodness, and hispanic overtones, with wonderful food, and eclectic mixed crowd. From families to locals alike, this place satisfies all my needs. you will find them here…. http://www.thevelvetcactus.com/
I would like to tell you that I have been quite successful with my day of the dead art here… take some time out of your busy schedule and get yourself a margarita… the happy hour here? makes everyone happy. Watermelon mint? YUM…
I rarely do the second saturday art walk much anymore, cause I feel it was hijacked from the original artists that lived in my part of the city after the storm. I was asked ONCE previously to show, when the Andy Warhol Society came to town. Had I known then what I know now… Many of my dear friends started SCAD. st claude arts district, only to have it hijacked by people who weren’t here after katrina, and certainly didn’t come up with the name, nor the original talent to get folks over here to see what the artists here were doing.
It was hijacked much like the Andy Warhol Society was hijacked to a dinner party up the street that NO one here could afford. A planning and scheming moment where folks who claim they knew MORE about New Orleans than those who live here … sat about and figured out how to hijack a city for “arts” sake. Cause nobody here was an artist. So Prospect ONE could come here and tell our story. Cause Nobody here could. So the lady up the street could buy a house, turn it into a gallery, sell it off, and leave the country with the grant money that was intended to move New Orleans forward, Say it ain’t so.. SAY IT. http://thelensnola.org/2011/07/06/kirsha-kaechele-st-roch-prospect-1/
My city is changing very quickly. just a few short years ago in the midst of rubble, and no places to live I watched people who weren’t neighbors, become friends. It was a humbling experience to go through a hurricane. its an even darker thing to go thru gentrification. I sometimes pray for a hurricane to make them go back to where they came from, I am no fan of the gentrification when it comes from those who buy, only to resell…. for profit and gain and without any thought to the damage they are doing. Like Kirsha Kaechele who pretty much brought her blend of hipster drama, and “art” to my hood, along with a bunch of people who think they saved us. The buildings that were part of all this. fell into decay, and taxes were never paid, she fled the country. We are left picking up the pieces of the blight SHE left behind. That blight is no longer visible, but heard on my street daily, when I hear people talk about how much better st roch would be if……..
(if you thought it was so great? why did you move here. it ain’t broke, so why you tryin to fix it. )
So in all this mess, and all the things I have been through and seen regarding artists and my hood, I have long felt that I was ignored. GLADLY ignored by these folks who think they know it all, and know how to fix it, and know how to tell our story, even though they don’t live here. My time would come, and my time has been spent well. My art isn’t always something I paint. Sometimes its something I create as an extension of my art. www.skinznbonez.com
So it was with great joy when a LOCAL artist and photographer asked me to participate in this weekends art walk. I saw the list of artists who were hand picked and all exemplify the New Orleans that should be in these galleries. People who LIVE here and participate in the daily grind. Pat Jolly, I’d like to thank you for inviting me, and I am looking forward to tomorrow.
I am pleased to be asked to join in on a group show regarding the wetlands. So I chose a controversial piece that pretty much says it all. It was something I painted in anger, a brown pelican drenched in oil, and dying on a beach. A Giant X on his chest like the houses in New Orleans after Katrina when the National Guard went searching for survivors. This bird with an X, dated 4/20 (earth day) gulf of mexico, and MURDER. I cannot wait for those with their noses in the air to GASP when they see it. The painting hurts to look at, with the terror in the birds eyes, and the realization that its dying…
MUCH like I feel sometimes when I drive round the city, seeing development in places that were thriving neighborhoods, yet held back by our own city government. Where are the grocery stores? I mean really? Broken Dreams, Broken Promises… thats whats really going on here. Sell outs to Developers who really only care about their wallets, and not the quality of life that a neighborhood has. I look at Holy Cross, now UNholy cross as Perez architect comes in… with his grandiose ideas and his friends on twitter talking about how he is saving us… Saving us from what?
Where are the grocery stores that were promised? I have lived on the other side of the canal. What about the traffic and the parking? What about views? What about those who bought into that neighborhood, and put their hard vision and work into a home, only to see property values skyrocket and fixed income folks run out. I would be very angry if I bought a house, and suddenly some gigantic apartment building was in my backyard, and my peace and quiet ruined by someone with a telescope, watching my every move. What about the fact that the majority in that neighborhood didn’t want that… is this what we wanted?
so the gentrification now moves from st roch to holy cross…..
It takes lots of gaul to say that your saving us… I guess its cause those of us who care, and those of us who came back after katrina and made it special, I guess WE don’t count. Afterall, the rich seem to swell towards the hoods where artists and gays live, then buy into it, and force them out. I have seen it happen time and time again, in many other cities I have lived in. Hoods I lived in. The hood I live in right now is RIFE with this rich elite buying up property, renting to the drug dealers that we chased out, only to resell at four to five times the cost of what they originally spent. Tell me how that is fixing New Orleans. Tell Me. JOBS would really help, higher wages would really help, affordable living helps and affordable groceries feed us. BUT I AM NOT seeing these things.
FINALLY I am asked to join in the second saturday art walk as an artist in my own neighborhood. THAT is a silver lining for me. Its an accomplishment, and an opportunity to mix and blend with my neighbors, and smile. It gives me some hope that maybe these know it all folks finally realize that maybe they really should be looking at the culture, before its gone. Give it a chance, isn’t that what brought you here?
Cause that painting I have at KEBAB? pretty much says it all. man made disasters kill the thriving and living things that were doing just fine before y’all decided to “fix what ain’t broke”
I hope your hearing me Kirsha Kaechele
another fabulous night with RICK MOORE, KIM WELSH, WILDMAN JOHN< QUEEN KIM and BABYDOLL KIT. lets not forget skinz n bonez, and everett. a good time was had by all, and the art is up through may 5th. get to crescent city brewpub for some wonderful works. we also had pauline teel join us by hanging a few new pieces as well.
here’s some more fun stuff just to make your day.
Once a year I get the opportunity to show at the crescent city brewhouse on decatur street, and this year? I get to show for april, WHICH includes french qtr fest, shore leave and both jazzfest weekends. AGAIN , with Offbeat Magazine Photographer KIM WELSH, and Photographer RICK MOORE, we will grace the walls with our nola goodness.
LOTS of jazzfest shots, secondlines, and krewes… for myself? a painting a day. here’s a taste of some of the works I have been working on. mostly things I found after mardigras that inspired me, done festival style.
see you at crescent brewpub april first at five pm upstairs.
greetings all my skeleton friends, and skellie artists, and collectors! twelfth nite is here, and the gras is on. I am so excited for this season, since its late, and have been very busy with my krewe skinz n bonez working on throws. we will be out and about all season long, and then on to super sunday and more.
in the meantime? I have switched out some new works at A musing bike rentals, some very very affordable works. and then come feb 8th, will be back at the OCH art market to take the day in stride with skinz n bonez and the wild tchoupitoulas.
as always, you can find more work at surrey’s 1418 magazine street and 4807 magazine street.
see you on the parade routes!
chewbacchus, Okeanos, krewe of dreux, mardigras day, and at the noomoon pre parade party for krewe du vieux. all hail!
just came back from the OCH art market last weekend, and honestly? I love this market. everyone is so friendly, and I always do really well. SO well, that feb 8th the mardigras market will feature myself, skinznbonez and the wild tchoupitoulas. you see all three are interconnected, and what better way to show that? then a mini pub crawl for Mr Bone Jangles, and some fun at zeitgeist. we will see you all there. happy holidaze.
first off there’s fine art america…
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in the new orleans area? check out A Musing Bike Rentals at 1818 magazine street, or Surrey’s two locations…. 1418 Magazine Street or 4807 Magazine Street.