Views from New Orleans: Contemporary Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art
September 14 – October 26, 2013
Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association is pleased to announce its 5th annual exhibit in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art. Made possible by the generous support of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, One Vision Signs and Champagne Beverage Co, this year’s exhibit entitled, Views from New Orleans: Contemporary Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art, will feature works by well known regional and national artists from NOMA’s permanent collection. STAA will host an opening reception during Covington’s Second Saturday Art Openings on September 13 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The exhibit will be our feature artwork at STAA during Fall for Art on Saturday, October 18 and will be on display through October 25.
This exhibition presents the unique visual environment of New Orleans as seen through the eyes of fourteen artists who have achieved regional, national, or international acclaim.
For decades George Dureau, Robert Gordy and George Rodrigue have been the face of local mainstream contemporary art; while self-taught artists such as Roy Ferdinand and Reginald Mitchell clearly exemplify the burgeoning artistic creativity that has historically shaped our distinctive culture.
Through cityscapes, cultural scenes, and landscapes, these artists invite the viewer to ponder the distinguishing features that define New Orleans. The selection of cityscapes reveal the seemingly unchanged nature of this metropolis: a rainy night on Canal Street, a pensive ride on the timeless St. Charles Avenue street car, as well as depictions of landmark arts institutions such as the Saenger Theatre and New Orleans Museum of Art.
The ongoing rhythm of a creative community committed to local traditions is portrayed by Jazz musicians, colorful marching bands at Mardi Gras and a bar scene of a diverse crowd awaiting a parade. This exuberance is tempered by a cemetery scene on All Saints’ Day that features life-size mausoleums laced throughout New Orleans’ lively neighborhood.
Distinctive landscapes of crescent-shaped rivers and cypress trees that populate the bayous pay tribute to an environment that gracefully camouflages destructive acts of nature to reveal successful rebirth.
While the images in this exhibition have particular meaning to New Orleanians, the presence of Bruce Davenport’s work in Prospect 2 and Wayne Gonzales’ creations in the NYC art scene, are testimony to the universal appeal of our artists and subject matter.
Stop by during Fall for Art on Saturday, October 18 between 6-9pm!
Art & Jazz: Northshore Jewish Congregation Fundraiser
Saturday, October 11 at 7 - 11pm
This event will feature art by local artists available for purchase, a silent auction, scrumptious food prepared by local chefs, and music performed by some of the area's premier jazz musicians. Proceeds will benefit the artists and the Northshore Jewish Congregation. Tickets are $40 online and $45 at the door.
Visit www.northshorejewishcongregation.org to purchase tickets and get more information.
All events, unless otherwise indicated, are free and open to the public and are presented at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433. For more information, call (985) 892-8650 or email email@example.com.
The St. Tammany Art Association is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.