The heart of the Southern art world is passion-a passion for the area, a passion for the art forms, a passion for the lifestyle which permeates the Gulf South. Whether you're talking about visual arts or performance arts, you can find examples of it right here in the South. Come on along and enjoy the spirit of Southern art.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Art exhibits to enjoy during your visit to Mardi Gras
Although visitors come toNew OrleansforMardi Gras, there’s a lot more to the Crescent City than parades and partying. Take time to enjoy the museums and free venues for art around town for a delightful change of pace. Beyond the art galleries in the French Quarter, visitor can find many artistic treasures in the city. Check venue hours during the hectic days of the Carnival season to avoid disappointment. Here are a few to get you started.
The artists surrounding Jackson Square present a colorful introduction to the New Orleans art scene. The eclectic genres available assure something for everyone. Browse along fence to see the work of up to two hundred artists, operating onlicensesgranted by the city. Looking is free, and visitors might find the perfect piece to purchase as a souvenir of the visit.
Across Decatur Street from the square, climb the steps to the Riverwalk and turn right along the path to visit another free venue,Woldenberg Park, sixteen acres of green space and art leading toward Canal Street. The park operates under the auspices of the Audubon Foundation which also operates the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, among other attractions. Sculptures and mobiles dot the park, giving art lovers an open-air viewing experience along the bank of the Mississippi River. Watch river traffic glide by for a glimpse of reality art in motion.
Tucked away behind the buildings lining Decatur Street at Dumaine, a circular fountain hosts a band in silhouette. The characters captured there welcome visitors to Dutch Alley, a combination of open-air art exhibit and art gallery. Step into the alley and meetJacques the Butcherby Eric Kaposta, who greets visitors entering the Alley.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Go beyond the boundaries of the French Quarter and into the Warehouse District to enjoy art created by a wide spectrum of southern artists. TheOgden Museum of Southern Artboasts multiple floors of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and installation art. The reasonable admission fee coupled with the variety of artists makes the O an excellent destination for any art lover. The Confederate Museum next door will interest history buffs.
New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Venture out of the French Quarter and Central Business District for a visit to a New Orleans legacy, theNew Orleans Museum of Art. Although the traditional museum facility requires an admission fee, the stunning open airSydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMAdoes not. More than sixty sculptures dot the peaceful garden, including the iconicHercules the Archerwhich stood at the main entrance to the museum for decades.
Originally appeared on 02/24/14 at http://www.examiner.com/article/art-exhibits-to-enjoy-during-your-visit-to-mardi-gras