Artists of the Show
Romain Beauxis is originally from France and is an avid explorer of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana culture. Through his photos, he tries to capture some of the richness, joyfulness and fascination that he has witnessed during his adventures.
Ann Bruce is a native of New Orleans. In 2005, Antoinette K-Doe invited Ann to join the Ernie K-Doe Baby Dolls. They marched in the Krewe of Muses parade and had a wonderful time struttin’ down the street showing off their “linens.” Ann loves New Orleans, its traditions, and the magic of Mardi Gras. Her work has been shown in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Phillip Colwart was born in Baton Rouge and raised in New Orleans. He is a Hammond-based professional photographer who contributes his time and photography to the Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll and Skull & Bones community. Having grown to appreciate and value this culture, Phillip gives back to these groups through his images and thus helps to preserve and perpetuate these traditions.
Vernon Dobard is a New Orleans native and graduated with a degree in fine arts from Xavier University. His most celebrated mural is The Dance of Holy Innocence, installed in the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church.
Lisa DuBois is a New York photojournalist, art director and curator. She seeks out performances and festivities in which participants transition from the prosaic into the transcendent “fantasy moment” and conveys her interpretation of her experience through her imagery. She is photographer for MardiGrasUnmasked.com.
Keith Duncan is an artist and fine arts educator. His focus is on local sub-cultures, folk cultures using traditional motifs, the post modern language of Afro-American “signifying,” as well as social -street art. He has exhibitions at the Taller Boricua Gallery in New York; Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn; the CUE Art Foundation in New York and the GSL Arts project in New Orleans.
Kathleen Flynn is a photojournalist for NOLA.com/TheTimes-Picayune. She is dedicated to community journalism in Florida and Louisiana and has covered Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Thailand, immigration in Mexico. Her work has received numerous awards, including four regional Emmys in 2013 and 2014 and a 2013 Casey Medal, awarded each year for the best reporting on children, youth and families in the United States.
Meryt Harding was born in England and uses photography tell a story. Her paintings are derived from photos captured while traveling and are inspired by her sketch book and a diary. Recent exhibits in New Orleans include the Ashe Center’s “Martin Luther King Show”; “NOLA NOW-Figurative” the Contemporary Art Center; “Los Invisibles” Photography Exhibit at Barristers Gallery and the New Orleans African American Museum.
Marielle Jeanpierre was born in the port city of Lorient, in Brittany, France. A former business executive and mother of six, she is a self-taught ceramist. She has pursued further study in figurative sculpture at Terre et Feu in Paris, under Christian Siméon. Her work in the show is a personal reflection of the possibility of radiating bliss after overcoming difficulty and achieving a new status. She choses to illustrate the theme of resilience.
Ulrick Jean-Pierre is renowned for his creation of Haitian historical paintings. His painting “Celebrating the Culture of Life: New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Baby Dolls” is one of the various paintings in his series depicting the Haiti-Louisiana connections which include Marie Laveau Invoking the Spirit of Love, a commissioned painting entitled: The Life of St. Katherine Drexel on display at the Church of St. Katherine Drexel in New Orleans and the official portrait of Henriette Delille for the Sisters of Holy Family, in New Orleans.
Richard Keller Sr. was born and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photographing the culture of this city has been a passion for him. His goal is to provide viewers with a true feeling of love for the people who keep the culture of the city alive. He is a member of the New Orleans chapter of the National Conference of Artists.
Karen T. La Beau is a native of New Orleans who now resides in Shreveport. She is a self-taught, third-generation artist. Her history primarily revolves around the culture of New Orleans and her life in Shreveport as well as happenings all over the state, it’s my goal to exhibit her project called ‘My Life on Canvas’ across the state.
Peter Ladetto is a self-taught artist from Massachusetts. Romain Beauxis’ photograph simply entitled “baby doll” is one in a series of paintings Ladetto calls “negative energy”. These paintings involve an interactive experience for the viewer. He has shown his work in New Orleans at the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, Byrdie’s Art Gallery, DNA Art Gallery and Lucky Pierre’s Show Bar. In 2014, he was featured on “WGNO News with a Twist”.
D. Lammie-Hanson has shown with the Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery as a participant in the Women’s Caucus of Arts (Louisiana Chapter) “Femme Fest” and with the New Orleans’ African American Museum “Pop-Up” show. She has also exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center and with the Arts Council of New Orleans. Her latest work focuses on the infamous “paper bag test.” She sees vestiges of this color caste system at work today and uses art an intervention.
Charles Lovell has taken over six thousand photographs of Second Line Parades, Baby Dolls, Jazz Funerals, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, Mardi Gras and other processional parades, and scenes featuring the unique social atmosphere of the Crescent City. He is a member of the Backstreet Cultural Museum and regularly attends and document the cultural events and parades that include the procession of the Baby Dolls.
Jamar Duvol Pierre is a celebrated painter, illustrator, and designer. His works are widely lauded for capturing the joie de vivre of New Orleans. A short list of some of Pierre’s commissioned work include Beyonce Knowles, Tina Knowles, Wendell Pierce, Anthony Mackie, Maurice Brown, 2007 Official Essence Music Festival Poster, Time Warner Entertainment, album covers for Straight Out The 6th Ward Brass Band and Treme Allstars.
Steve Prince received his BFA from Xavier University of Louisiana and his MFA in Printmaking and Sculpture from Michigan State University. He is an assistant professor of Art at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Prince is concerned with the conditions of humanity and the challenges we face in a society that erodes our sense of true community and communal togetherness. His art explores these challenges and solutions to life’s moral, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas. He is represented by Eyekons Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and owner of One Fish Studio, LLC.
Karen Ocker first gained notoriety for her political satire in The George W. Bush Coloring Book and The Ray Nagin Coloring Book. Her work appeared in Day for Night, the 2006 Whitney Museum Biennial Catalogue and was recently featured on the cover of Offbeat Magazine’s “Jazz Fest Bible” and Louisiana Cultural Economy’s Cultural Connections.
Annie Odell makes skirts, dresses, purses, belts, headbands out of recycled neckties, and quilted pleather portraits of Louisiana musicians. Their portraits are highly detailed quilted pieces with embroidered features and hair. She incorporates ties, trinkets and background materials reflective of the subjects’ lives and music, paying homage to their accomplishments.
Ruth Owens, a biracial artist who has made her home in New Orleans since 1994, was born and raised in Germany. She has shown her paintings at the Boyd Satellite’s “Megalomania” group show (2013) and Isadore Newman’s Reynolds Gallery (2014). Her work was selected for inclusion in the NOLA NOW show, “The Human Figure”, in June 2012 at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. Her work was included in the Prospect.3 show in New Orleans in Benetton’s “Imago Mundi” at New Orleans Museum of Art.
Ed Newman worked with the legendary New Orleans documentarian Michael P. Smith, whom he considers his mentor. He has photographed New Orleans’ jazz funerals, second line parades and musical performers. Newman’s work has appeared in a number of American and European publications, including The Oxford American and Offbeat Magazine. His photography also appeared in the HBO television series “Treme.”
Nathan “Nu’Awlons Natescott” Haynes Scott grew up in and around New Orleans’ housing developments. Over the years, he has painted posters, canvas and anything else that was available. He considers art his gift and hobby. The artistic pieces from drift wood that evolved from this spontaneous flow of creative energy were so unique and beautifully decorated that they immediately caught the attention of celebrities, politicians, and fellow artists.
Gailene St.Amand is a collage and fabric artist. Of the tradition she says, “I remember the Baby Dolls parading in the black neighborhoods as a girl. Their origin is quite interesting as independent women.” Her works are in collections such as Ochsner Medical Center.
Kim Welsh advocates for cultural preservation and aims to understand the unique world view of her subjects and to respectfully translate that using visual imagery. For Welsh, New Orleans’ diverse, vibrant, and spectacular cultural traditions should always be protected and encouraged as they are a treasure which enriches lives and often goes unappreciated.