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Our second annual feature on the collections of New Orleanians not only shares those of Diane Genre, Quinn Peeper and (pictured here) Robert Phillips, but imparts how to start a collection of your own, starting on pg. 37.

Passion At Play Three collectors share their stories By Mirella Cameran photos by Danley Romero


Julia in July Eight stops along the street


by Kelcy Wilburn photos by Mike Lirette

Summer Self-Pampering Considerations for looking & feeling your best


Gallery Insider

by Kelcy Wilburn photos by Cheryl Gerber

On the Cover The largest fundraiser for the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, “Stake Out for Justice” is a luncheon featuring Honorary Chair Frank Stewart, an award ceremony and recognition of the NOPD. The NOPJF channels private support into programs that yield tangible results, including more officers, better technology, effective

community partnerships and less crime – you can even “adopt” a police horse! Join NOPJF Executive Committee and Development Committee Member Tom Winingder, NOPJF CEO Melanie Talia, NOPJF Board Chair Gregory Rusovich, NOPD Superintendent of Police Michael Harrison, NOPJF Executive Committee Member and Development Committee

Chair Karen DeBlieux and NOPJF Vice Chair Rick Haase on Wednesday, November 1, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will feature keynote speaker Heather Mac Donald, American political commentator and journalist, and author of the book War on Cops. Call 432-1717 to reserve your seat today.

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to NOPJF Executive Committee Member and Development Committee Chair Karen DeBlieux for her invaluable assistance.

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In Every Issue





Editors’ Notes

Vintage Wedding

8 Making a difference

SOUL: Combatting deforestation one neighborhood at a time 10



Philanthropic Fun

12 What’s Hot

Summer Style 14 On the Menu

Top Tartare: Effervscence’s chefs Brenna Sanders & Evan Ingram share their Steakhouse Style Gulf Tuna Tartare With Sunchoke Chips 16 The Dish

Season of Superlatives: Two places to try

With This Ring

Simmons – Claiborne 60

Kids Play

Literati: An age-appropriate book club to your door

Harriet Nash Hurley Weds Howard Alexander Nelson Jr.: June 13, 1958

Botanical Beauty The New Orleans Botanical Garden held its inaugural “RESPONSE.” 18 Gifts From the Heart Legacy Donor Foundation highlighted the importance of organ donor registration. 20 Fête for Foodies John Besh Foundation fundraiser provided scholarships and microloans. 22 Birthday Bounce The PRC commemorated four decades of “Julia Jump.” 24 Aloha! Hogs for the Cause welcomed guests to a luau at the lakefront. 26

Children’s Champions Raintree Children & Family Services raised funds for at-risk foster children and children with disabilities. 28 Flashback to the Fair Children explored the globe for a day at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. 30 Compassionate Care For the sixth year, DCFNO’s gala supported its mission of healthcare for all. 32

Young Bloods

Tom Neyhart: CEO, PosiGen 62 Student Activist

Elden Patrick Newburger: Brother Martin High School 63 OnStage calendar

64 Shop Talk

Dr. Donna Tesi: Owner, Beauty Deep MedSpa 65 Shop Talk

Regatta Racing to the Cure Anautical-themed benefit supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 34

Taylor Lyon: Owner/ Curator, Graphite Gallery

Fostering Families More than 250 attended ACCESS’ annual brunch. 36


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A Spirited “Rendezvous”: The New Orleans Elks Lodge paid the debt on City Park in 1919 3

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We all know how important our policemen and women are to our city, and we want to thank them for their service! You can get involved by supporting the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. Thanks to our cover models, NOPJF Executive Committee and Development Committee Member Tom Winingder, NOPJF CEO Melanie Talia, NOPJF Board Chair Gregory Rusovich, NOPD Superintendent of Police Michael Harrison, NOPJF Executive Committee Member and Development Committee Chair Karen DeBlieux and NOPJF Vice Chair Rick Haase. They are bringing you their gala luncheon and awards ceremony “Stake Out for Justice” on Wednesday, November 1, at the Sheraton Hotel. This is the largest fundraiser for the NOPJF, so you want to support this now! Each year the luncheon features a celebrity speaker – this year it’s Heather Mac Donald, American political commentator and journalist, and author of the book War on Cops; Frank Stewart will be Honorary Chair. There is an award ceremony and recognition of NOPD. NOPJF is dedicated to preventing crime, saving lives and making our community a safer and better place to work, live and visit by assisting NOPD with resources not available from the City of New Orleans. With summer in full swing, you’ll want to check out What’s Hot for Summer Style: featuring hats, handbags and more! The heat in our favorite city is making us all want to pamper ourselves. Be sure to read all about it our feature on Summer Self-Pampering highlighting more than 10 considerations for looking & feeling your best. Many of us are true collectors of fabulous art and the place to start here is Julia Street! Our feature this month showcases eight stops along this street to get you started. And on that note, look to our second annual feature, this year spotlighting local collectors Diane Genre, Quinn Peeper and Robert Phillips. Make sure to keep cool as our summer heats up!

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A Tribute to Nancy Meyers Marsiglia 1952-2017 Nancy Marsiglia was one of a kind – intelligent, loyal, feisty, kind, always helping the underdog and fiercely loyal and devoted to her family. With all of the causes she spearheaded, and there were many, her devotion to creating better early childhood education was a true passion; for instance, she was a founding member of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. She actively served on many boards, including Women of the Storm, Audubon Institute, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Agenda for Children, The New Orleans Council for Young Children and Greater New Orleans Foundation.

I want to share a quote from Clancy Dubos, who gave the eulogy at Nancy’s funeral: “We all like to think we’re going to leave the world a better place, but only a few can truly be said to have enriched an entire community. Civic and political activist Nancy Marsiglia was among those few. In actions great and small, she inspired and empowered a generation of women and changed New Orleans very much for the better.” Nancy’s love for her family came first; she adored her husband Mike, her two sons Joe and Mikey, and Mikey’s wife Jennifer and her three grandchildren. We all loved Nancy and will miss her so much; what a loss for our city and our nation!

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July 2017 Vol. 22 Issue 2 July is hot, there’s no denying that, but with great heat come great opportunities for doing things in air conditioning! First, take some time to pamper yourself and find inspiration to do so in our “Summer Self-Pampering: 10+ considerations for looking & feeling your best” feature. Then, find the perfect piece to complete your summer uniform in our “What’s Hot for Summer Style.” In our second annual collectors feature, this year profiling collectors Diane Genre, Quinn Peeper and Robert Phillips, learn more about what it takes to be a collector, ways to go about it and ideas for how to get started. Once you have your collection in mind, look to our feature “Julia in July: Eight stops along the street” to plan your day of art, food and more on one of our most art-filled streets. My little work of art, my husband’s and my son, should be here mid-month, so I’m working on collections of my own. If you have a suggestion for one thing I should have for a newborn, or an event coming up this fall that you want to make certain pregnancy/newborn brain hasn’t erased, please fill out our online nonprofit events form: or email me directly at Enjoy your summer and take time for some self-care!

July Events

Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church

8 “Mr. Legs XVII,” benefiting

Bridge House / Grace House, 821-7134

Editor Morgan Packard Griffith Art Director Ali Sullivan contributing editor Mirella Cameran Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson


Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer

“Rock, Ride & Rescue,”

web Editor Kelly Massicot

benefiting Louisiana SPCA, 453-3048, RockRideRescue

Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout



vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan

“A summer night at southport,” benefiting

sales manager Brittany Brady

the Akula Foundation, 881-0452 20 “Mid Mod NOLA: Modernist Block Tour in the Black Pearl,” benefiting the

Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 581-7032 22 Fifth annual “Big Easy Big Heart 5K Race,” benefiting

New Orleans Mission, 523-2116

(504) 830-7215, (504) 830-7248, senior Account Executive Samantha Blanchard (504) 830-7226,


Cheryl Lemoine event coordinator Whitney Weathers digital media associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264

Production production Manager Jessica DeBold production designers Demi Schaffer, Molly Tullier, Monique Di Pietro traffic COORDINATOR Terra Durio

27 “You Night Cancer Survivor Runway Show and Celebration,”

benefiting You Night Events, 591-5936

Administration Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief

Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan OFFICE MANAGER Mallary Matherne Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscription manager Brittanie Bryant For subscriptions call (504) 830-7231

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SOUL Combatting deforestation one neighborhood at a time By Catherine Freeman

In March, we hosted a house guest from Tennessee. Arriving at our home, she gushed how enthralled she was with the alley of majestic oak trees lining our neighborhood streets. My reaction was one of agreement but also surprise. I pass by those same oaks constantly during my daily routine but I often neglect to appreciate their inherent beauty and benefit. Despite the ubiquitous New Orleans photos depicting spectacular tree-lined St. Charles Avenue and Garden District homes adorned with oaks and magnolias, our city is actually the most deforested city in the United States. With over 100,000 trees lost during Hurricane Katrina, this deforestation affects not only the aesthetic of the city but also the ability to absorb storm water. Did you know native Live Oaks and Bald Cypress absorb up to 1,000 gallons of water daily and help prevent flooding of our often overworked catch basins? Studies have also shown that neighborhoods with landscapes boast improved community health, reduced crime, more neighbor engagement, reduced pollution and a lower energy bill. It is difficult to deny the benefit of replanting trees in New Orleans, but local nonprofit SOUL (Sustaining Our Urban Landscape) is striving to be more impactful through a strategic planting plan. “Imagine New Orleans with the magnificent canopy it once had – a million trees shading our streets, managing our floods, cleaning our air and delighting our eyes. Restoring our population of magnificent southern trees – not just one tree at a time, but one neighborhood at a time – would transform our city,” says SOUL Advisory Committee Chair Andreas Merkl. Utilizing her LSU Masters in Landscape

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Architecture and professional experience from four years at Parkway Partners, SOUL Executive Director Susannah Burley founded the organization in June 2016. SOUL’s dedication to building a resilient and equitable New Orleans through improving its water systems is already making great strides. During the November through March 2016-2017 planting season, 190 trees were planted in a targeted effort to reforest Broadmoor, Mid-City, Algiers and Algiers Point. Partnerships and sponsorships with citizens, neighborhood associations, visiting volunteer groups and local businesses form a robust volunteer base of over 250 individuals. Hand-picked from a Northshore nursery, the native trees planted – Live Oaks, Cypress, Little Gem Magnolias and Red Maples – are mapped and monitored to insure a high survival rate. SOUL’s 2017-2018 goal to plant 600 trees will certainly be attainable through current momentum gained by heightened awareness and investment from the New Orleans community. In addition to the strategic planting plan, SOUL is expanding its reach with

an education series and commitment to policy change affecting trees. A free 10-hour, four-day Community Forestry Series offered in partnership with the LSU AgCenter gives an overview on New Orleans’ tree canopy, why we are the most deforested city in the United States, what our role is in replanting and how it impacts flooding and other environmental issues. SOUL is also working toward the long-term goal of analyzing and changing current policies related to the urban forest to better protect trees on private property by establishing criteria and accountability for “valuable” trees. As the Chinese proverb states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” With gratitude to SOUL and their reforesting efforts, New Orleans will reap the benefits now and for years to come. n

A little more … Learn about, make a donation or volunteer with SOUL by visiting their website

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Literati An age-appropriate book club to your door By CeCe Colhoun

There is no doubt that reading evokes emotion and wakes up the imagination in a way that allows the mind to experience a sensation like nothing else. This is true because there’s nothing like the power of the imagination. Reading, even from the earliest of moments in a child’s life, is the first way we understand the expression of emotion. Newborns are exposed to emotions from the very first sounds we use while reading. The inflections in our voices, the tone and the rhythm of the story expose them to specific feelings and emotions. Studies have shown that children who are read to as newborns may have a larger vocabulary, more advanced mathematical skills and may possibly score better on standardized tests. As a mom who loves reading, writing and language in general, I began searching for the best books for my children from the time they were in my belly. With the new wave of online-based retail in almost every sector, going to a bookstore and finding truly special books often wasn’t possible and in many cases disappointing. My mom recently relocated to Florida to retire and discovered a very special company that she learned about through a friend. Literati curates five books each month and sends them to your door. They work with top educators and librarians to curate the best books for newborns through age nine. Once the books arrive, you get to explore them all. You are able to keep what you love and never get stuck with a bad children’s book. There is a prepaid mailer included in your package so that you can easily send back what doesn’t fit your fancy.

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Literati is more than just books; it’s like a little bit of magic each month. Every box includes original artwork by world-renowned illustrators with themes such as science or art. Every box contains five age-appropriate books, six personalized book stickers, original artwork by a featured illustrator, a handwritten note and additional themed surprises. Last month the theme was friendship, and my boys each got string-knotted friendship bracelets as an added bonus. In addition, with the subscription you receive steep discounts on the books you keep so that your library grows alongside your savings. Books from Literati are discounted 10-30 percent off depending on how many you keep. My trick is to let my boys explore the magic and keep the ones they love, and the others I stash away for birthday gifts for their friends. I always appreciate a beautiful story that can stack neatly on a shelf and fill their brains rather than their baskets of plastic toys! Even in the new age of screens, toys, endless activities and around-the-clock entertainment, it’s still paramount in our home to get

lost in the magic of a book. With the help of Literati, I see the change it makes in the language skills of my children; it helps them foster a dynamic approach to the world all the while allowing them to explore the most magical place of all, their imaginations. n

How It Works: 1. Select Your Club Select the appropriate age range for your child; there are four clubs spaning newborn through age 9. 2. The Books Five brand-new books arrive to your door every month; explore them for up to seven days. 3. Keep What You Love Keep the ones you want, and send back the rest using the enclosed pre-paid mailer for USPS pickup. 4. Discounts Take 10% off the purchase of 1, 15% off 2, 20% off 3, 25% off 4 and 30% off all 5 books. 5. The Cost This service is $9.95 a month and you can cancel anytime. 11

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Summer Style By Amy Gabriel

Those lazy, hazy days of summer in the Crescent City call for mornings spent sipping iced coffees on your morning commute, leisurely afternoon lunches and evening strolls beneath the magnolia trees. Accent your July comings and goings with accents that take you stylishly from sun up to sun down.

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� 1. Protect your crowning achievement and look chic while doing so in a pom pom accented fedora. Angelique, 5421 Magazine St., 891-8992; 7725 Maple St. 866-1092;

Select photos by Cheryl Gerber

2. A woven Bettye by Bettye Muller sandal will take you easily from beach to brunch. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800; 526 Royal St., 569-0005; 3. Flirty and flowy, the palm tree printed Eden top from Milly is ready for beach and beyond. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 8355250, 4. Flit to your favorite lunch spot in a cross-body bag handmade in New Orleans. The cobra carry strap against the pale Italian leather makes this purse particularly divine. Four Rivers Designs,

5. A picnic wouldn’t be complete without a set of stemless oyster glassware. NOLA Couture, 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 8753522; 6. A dreamy Yves Delorme Pillow conjures up images of fabulous vacations to far-off lands. The Linen Registry 200 Metairie Road, 831-8228, 7. Dress up your window frame with top-down, bottom-up Roman shades in a linen colored Pastiche pattern. Wren’s Tontine Shade and Design, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409, 13

on the menu

Top Tartare Effervescence’s chefs Brenna Sanders & Evan Ingram share their Steakhouse Style Gulf Tuna Tartare With Sunchoke Chips

Sunchoke Chips 4 medium sunchokes fine salt to taste frying oil (we prefer rice bran oil for frying, but any neutral vegetable oil will work) Thinly slice sunchokes on mandolin 1/16-inch thick. Heat oil to 350 degrees and drop slices into fryer in batches. Fry to golden or until chips are no longer bubbling. Strain onto a paper towel, season with salt. Store in an airtight container for up to two days.

Tuna Tartare 10 ounces yellowfin tuna loin, sushi grade ½ shallot, finely chopped 2 Tablespoons capers, chopped ½ teaspoon prepared horseradish 4 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire 1 Tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon smoked salt (smoked salt can be purchased, smoked at home or substituted with sea salt) 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 3 egg yolks Garnish: 2 Tablespoons chives, thinly sliced Cut tuna into 1/4-inch dice. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl. Add more seasonings to taste. Toss with tuna. Garnish with chives. Serve immediately or chill. Best served within three hours alongside Sunchoke Chips.

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Season of Superlatives


Two places to try By Jyl Benson

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As a child, I frequented the rickety Sid Mar’s in Bucktown with my family. Down the road from the bustle of West End, the wooden building leaned on its pillars over Lake Pontchartrain. The warped wooden floors tilted to one side, and the wooden screen doors shrieked as they opened onto the screened-in dining porch with unadulterated views of the lake and the ever-present pile of crab traps in the yard. Today neither the road nor Sid Mar’s exists, the former replaced by a massive and unsightly, but hugely reassuring, pumping facility, the latter washed into the lake by Hurricane Katrina. My sister and I recalled those lazy afternoons as we dined 30 or so feet from the old restaurant at the decidedly more polished Station 6. Opened last fall by chef Allison Vega Knoll, Station 6 features updated takes on the kind of humble seafood dishes once found at Bucktown’s many small family oriented joints. Raw oysters and a smattering of Mediterranean-style foods executed with Louisiana’s indigenous ingredients are also offered. I have known Knoll from her days as chef and proprietor of Vega Tapas Café, and welcome her return to our dining scene after 10 years in the Caribbean. The sleek interior of Station 6 opens onto a front patio adorned in colorful foliage with a horizontal-slatted wooden fence that manages, through little glimpses, to turn the pumping station just behind it into shadowy public art. Happy Hour would be

just the time to occupy the inviting communal sectional sofa in the corner. Offered Tuesdays-Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., for a thrifty $15 guests enjoy a tasting of ice cold Cajun caviar, a glass of Champagne and a half-dozen Gulf oysters. On our visit, we were unable to make decisions. Each dish was carefully thought out and lovingly presented: Mamere’s crabmeat casserole served with rounds of toasted French bread; wild fried catfish and chips with malt vinegar tartar sauce; tuna tartar with jicama, avocado and spicy Cajun caviar; a fried crawfish-stuffed poblano pepper with creamy goat cheese-infused grits; a perfect fried soft-shell crab; and skewers of filet Mignon served with bleu cheese smashed potatoes. We neglected to order the garlic shrimp. Noting this, the chef sent out an order, anyway. Oh my. Jumbo, screamingly fresh Gulf shrimp arrived sizzling in a ceramic vessel with butter, capers, lemon, Parmesan and bread rounds to mop up the sauce. I don’t say this casually, but it was, quite possibly, the best shrimp dish I have ever had. Stuffed, we declined dessert. Again, noting our folly, the wise chef sent out samples of her delicate seasonal cobbler (on this day made with fresh blackberries) and the kitchen’s buttermilk drop bread pudding with butterscotch sauce. Again, I don’t say this casually, but this is now my standard-bearer for bread pudding. It is simply that perfect. n

Try This: Earlier this year I extolled on the virtues of the marinated Gulf Snapper crudo finished with a scant amount of puréed butternut squash, a scattering of pumpkin seeds and a faint drizzle of chili oil on the menu at Toups’ South. I love that dish. I could eat it every day. When Chef de Cuisine Seamus Rozycki surprised me with a serving – I have very generous chef friends for whom I’m grateful – of a new dish to debut on the menu (chili marinated Gulf tuna crudo with preserved Meyer lemon, cucumber, cantaloupe and puffed rice) I was horrified, knowing my favorite dish was on the chopping block. He advised that I chill out. “This is for summer; the other will return next winter.” Somewhat reassured, I succumbed to getting to know the dish with the brilliant hues and the fragrance of a summer garden. Once again, the unorthodox marriage in the bowl before me simply blew my mind. Fickle woman that I am, I have a new favorite fish dish. This one isn’t to be missed.

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Botanical Beauty


The New Orleans Botanical Garden held its inaugural “RESPONSE.” By Shelby Simon

An exhibition and sale of original art created “in response” to the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden and City Park framed the foundation for the inaugural benefit for The New Orleans Botanical Garden. The exhibition took place March 29 through 31, culminating in a celebration reception, sale and live auction in The New Orleans Botanical Garden the evening of March 31. The reception featured delicious hors d’oeuvres and an artful cocktail by The Garnished Palette. Guitarist Javier Gutierrez and Josh Reppel of Vivaz set the relaxed vibe for the evening with a jazzy Latino beat. Eighty-one artists were represented by 115 works of art on exhibition. Artists in attendance included George Dunbar with Louisette Brown; Scott Howard with wife Janet; Joan Hooper Feibelman with husband Julian Feibelman; Scott Andresen with wife Naomi Doerner; Michel Varisco; Bruce Davenport; Kaori Maeyama; Fran Koerner; and Auseklis Ozols whose painting, “Enrique’s Dream,” sold for the highest price of $15,000. Stephanie Feoli and Carmen Duncan served as Co-Chairs. The committee included Charles Whited, art activist who invited many of the participating artists; Ruthie Winston as auctioneer; Katie and Shaun Rafferty and son, Nigel, who designed the event logo; Pam Bryan and Lisa Rotondo McCord who curated the exhibition with husbands Jay and Jonathan; Anne and Luis Banos; Muffin and Luis Balart; and Ruthie Frierson, who coordinated publicity with husband Lou. n



Event at a Glance What: “RESPONSE – Artists in the Park,” benefiting the Botanical Garden Foundation When: March 29-31

1. Botanical Gardens Director Paul Soniat with Co-Chair Stephanie Feoli and Co-Chair Carmen and Kelly Duncan 2. Board Members Charles Whited, Natalie Finnegan, Rebecca Schultz and David Waller 3. Board Member Anne Banos, Pam Bryan, Lisa Rotundo McCord and Katie Rafferty 4. Board Members Muffin Balart, Auseklis Ozols and Ruthie Frierson 5. Anne and Herschel Abbott with artists Joan Hooper Feibelman and Lala Rascic 6. William W. and Lexie Waring Jr. with artist George Dunbar and Louisette Brown

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Gifts from the Heart


Legacy Donor Foundation highlighted the importance of organ donor registration. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Soul Revival” celebrated life and raised awareness of how organ, eye and tissue donations can make an impact on all generations. The event, created by founder, the late David Voelker, highlights the passion behind Legacy Donor Foundation’s mission of saving lives by inspiring Louisiana residents to register donors. Event Co-Chairs were Casey and Mark Westguard; Stacy and Jim Pellerin; Lindsey and Brock Pellerin; Katie and Stephen Furtado; Corrie Pellerin; Caroline Pellerin; and Jamie Pellerin. Lauren and George Brower were the 2017 Honorary Chairs and hosts of “Soul Revival” for the past four years. Prior to the main event, Ray-Jay and Gee Trio entertained while patrons enjoyed the VIP lounge and balcony. Passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails from Republic National Distributing Company were served. Sponsors, board members and Event Co-Chairs were guests of honor. More than 500 guests attended. Later, the Progressive Baptist Church’s Gospel Choir opened the gala, and BB King’s All Star Band was the entertainment headliner. Large heart signs on the balcony, jazz-inspired artwork and decorations added to the soulful feel. n



Event at a Glance What: “Soul Revival,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation When: Saturday, March 25

1. Bobby Stakenborghs, Co-Chair Corrie Pellerin, Ali Rosales and Olivia Erwin Rosenthal 2. Co-Chairs Brock and Lindsey Pellerin with Joy Roussel and Chris Puckett 3. Co-Chairs Mark and Casey Westguard and Jim and Stacy Pellerin 4. Nicole Labadot, Elizabeth A. Boh, George Brower and Leigh Ellen Puckett 5. Dr. Eric Laborde and Betsy Laborde with Peggy and Jack Laborde 6. Jeremy and Stacy Head with Kaylea and Hunter Hill

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Where: B.B. King’s Blues Club



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Fête for Foodies


John Besh Foundation fundraiser provided scholarships and microloans. By Shelby Simon

The John Besh Foundation’s “Fêtes des Chefs” returned this year, bringing a star-studded lineup of top chefs from around the country to prepare dinners at homes around New Orleans. The weekend kicked off on Friday, March 24 with “Fêtes Fest,” the opening party at Generations Hall. The Brass-A-Holics performed for a crowd of 750 partygoers. Several of the South’s finest chefs participated and hosted food stations, including David Slater of Emeril’s, Ryan Prewitt of Pêche, Kelly English of Iris, David Bancroft of Acre, Kyle Knall of Kenton’s, Alex Harrel of Angeline, Isaac Toups of Toups South, Todd Pulsinelli of August, chefs from Josephine Estelle, Ashley Roussel of Simone’s Market, Dooky Chase and La Thai, and many more. The celebrity chef dinners in New Orleans homes took place the following Saturday, March 25. Chefs included Emeril Lagasse at the home of Gary Solomon, Aaron Sanchez at the home of Paul and Sarah Ruffin Costello and Ken Oringer (of Boston) at the home of James Carville and Mary Matalin. After dinner, guests gathered for dessert at Pigeon & Prince, a John Besh venue. n



Event at a Glance What: “Fêtes Fest,” benefiting John Besh Foundation When: Friday, March 24

1. Kristin Shannon, Conway Solomon, Amy Wilson and Gary Solomon Jr. 2. Shawanda and Matt Smith with Mike and Mary Ewalina 3. Amelia Broussard, Nick Elefante, Maggie Comley and Tom Spittler 4. Emma Poling, Kara Lubeck and Jeanne Firth 5. Allyson, Cheryl and Samantha Conway 6. Bob Hill, Laura Morrison, Joe Horton and Sandra Morrison

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Birthday Bounce


The PRC commemorated four decades of “Julia Jump.” By Shelby Simon

“Julia Jump’s” 40th birthday celebration, complete with oversized balloons and a birthday cake from Swiss Confectionery, was a night to remember. The Preservation Resource Center thanked 40 years of “Julia Jump” chairs who have made the event possible throughout the years. The 2017 event Co-Chairs were Sweet Dupuy, Kaylea Hill, Dorothy Sarpy Mann and Annie Sarpy Phillips. Patron Chairs were Susan and Ralph Brennan, and Junior Patron Chairs were Kathryn and Gordon McLeod. Participating restaurants and food purveyors included Carrollton Market, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Central City BBQ, Five Happiness Chinese Restaurant, The Green Fork, Honey Baked Ham, Katie’s Restaurant, MaMomma’s House of Cornbread Chicken and Waffles, Nolavore, Oceana Grill, Oxalis, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, Reginelli’s Pizzeria, Saveur Catering by Melissa Araujo, Two Tony’s Restaurant and Tsunami Sushi. The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group catered the Patron Party, accompanied by entertainment by the Sons of Jazz Brass Band. In addition, The Essentials performed at the main event. A commissioned portrait by Newton Reynolds, a private dinner with Sous Chef Patrick Brennan and original artwork by Sidonie Villere were featured auction items. “Julia Jump” supports the programs of the Preservation Resource Center and enables the organization to fulfill its mission to promote the preservation, restoration and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. n



Event at a Glance What: 40th annual “Julia Jump,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center When: Friday, March 24

1. Joe and Co-Chair Dorothy Sarpy Mann with Co-Chair Annie Sarpy and Nat Phillips 2. Hunter and Co-Chair Kaylea Hill with Co-Chair Sweet and Ben Dupuy 3. PRC President Will Hales, Dale LeBlanc and Board Member Hal Williamson 4. Auction Committee Co-Chairs Carrie Lott and Lauren Rosendahl with Committee Member Lauren Fitzpatrick 5. Gretchen Hirt Gendron, Chris McMahon and Betsie Gambel 6. Baldwin Brown, Tim and Elizabeth Brown Soslow and Elder Brown Jr.

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Hogs for the Cause welcomed guests to a luau at the lakefront. By Shelby Simon

The UNO Lakefront Arena was transformed into a tropical paradise for “Hogs For the Cause” and The Link Restaurant Group’s luau benefit, “Hogwaii.” Guests were treated to an array of Tiki drinks and hors d’oeuvres to start the evening. A Hawaiian-themed dinner featured guest chefs for each course. Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Josephine Estelle teamed up with Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker BBQ to prepare a pupu platter starter. Guest chefs prepared the main courses: banana leaf wrapped pork by Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon and Ryan Prewitt of Pêche; spam and roasted pineapple fried rice by Chris Shepherd of Underbelly (Houston, Texas); tuna poke by Marcus Jacobs of Marjie’s Grill; or coconut milk poi by Mike Gulotta of MoPho and Maypop. Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint prepared sides: options of cabbage, carrot and radish slaw or a sweet potato salad. Dessert of coconut rice and pudding and a tropical fruit salad were prepared by Maggie Scales of La Boulangerie. The Tangiers Combo entertained the 350 guests. Emcees Mark Romig and Carey Bringle conducted the live auction. The “Hogwaii” committee included Alex Layfield, Jessica Magnum, Kate Gilly and Claire Thriffiley, with Alex Pappas on décor. “Hogs for the Cause” is the premier funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the United States, and has given grants to more than 400 families in need, as well as given grants to children’s hospitals in New Orleans, South Carolina and Atlanta. n



Event at a Glance What: “Hogwaii,” benefiting Hogs for the Cause Where: UNO Lakefront Arena

1. Rene Louapre III, Co-Founder Rene Louapre IV, Heather Lolley and Gail Louapre 2. Brittany and Co-Founder Becker Hall 3. Committee Members Claire Thriffiley, Chelsea Cusimano, Alex Pappas and Jessica Mangum

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Children’s Champions


Raintree Children & Family Services raised funds for at-risk foster children and children and disabilities. By Shelby Simon

Raintree Children and Family Services hosted their lively annual party, “Paint the Town Green,” at the Harrah’s Theater in Harrah’s Casino. The event honored major Raintree supporter Telecom for Change, a professional organization of telecom agents and carriers coming together to provide aid to charitable organizations and promote camaraderie amongst peers. Event chairs were Carl Gilmore Jr. and Cindy Paulin. An impressive list of caterers featured Antoine’s, Broussard’s, Chateau Gold & Country Club, Drago’s, Gendusa’s, Gordon Biersch, GW Fins, Marcello’s, Mr. Mudbug, Palace Café, Perrone & Sons, Sac-a-Lait and a rum station provided by Old New Orleans Rum Company. Partygoers danced the night away to music by The Brass-A-Holics. The live auction, hosted by emcee Greg Reggio, included a Saints/Pelicans experience package, a chartered fishing trip, a chocolate pearl earring/necklace set from Anton Ltd. and an embellished giclée from James Michalopolous. A huge variety of items were available for bidding at the silent auction, including modern art, jewelry and numerous hotel and restaurant experiences. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, March 25 Where: Harrah’s Theater

1. Co-Chairs Cindy Paulin and Carl Gilmore Jr. with Pat Starnes and Rob Horton 2. Dr. Jules Walters with Julia and Dr. Kamran Khoobehi 3. Vincent Giardina, Jamie Moreau and Scott Howard

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Flashback to the Fair


Children explored the globe for a day at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. By Shelby Simon

Travelers to The Louisiana Children’s Museum were treated to a daylong journey around the globe at the 19th annual “Children’s World Fair.” The full itinerary included lively, cultural performances and an exploration of games, music, literature, native attire, crafts and flavors of destinations. Globetrotters ventured around the museum’s dynamic country exhibits and received a passport/activity book stamp as they entered each territory. The exhibits also highlighted the global importance of science, technology, engineering and math with interactive activities and hands-on science experiments. The intergenerational journey began with an Early Explorer Party in the morning, where guests received a treat bag and a first look at the country exhibits before the main event. Families could also pose for a postcard photo as world travelers. This year’s explorers could climb to the top of the Matterhorn for storytelling in Switzerland, decorate for an Indian wedding and receive a traditional henna drawing, get a face painting as a Mayan of Copan and dance to native music in Honduras and make sipa to use in a traditional Filipino game in the Philippines. STEM activities around the world included learning about fluorescent light bulbs and plasma in an experiment inspired by Nikola Tesla, assembling a replica of the first automobile by German pioneers, making crystals like those found in South Ghana and practicing baseball pitches, inspired by Puerto Rico’s most popular sport. Lauren Brown served as Event Chair, and Marlene Friis was the Global Ambassador. More than 1,300 explorers attended the event. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, March 25 Where: Louisiana Children’s Museum

1. Theresa Crosby and LCM CEO Julia Bland 2. Ayesha Motwani holding Kish Motwani, Aaron Motwani, Mike Motwani, Sareena Motwani, Ava Motwani and Zaina Motwani 3. Olivia Gray, Tricia Lincoln, Natasha Shah and Barbara Oustalet

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What: 19th annual “Children’s World Fair,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum

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Compassionate Care


For the sixth year, DCFNO’s gala supported its mission of healthcare for all. By Shelby Simon

The sixth annual Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans’ “Keeping Our Promises Gala” further supported the organization’s mission to provide high-quality healthcare for all. This year’s Inspired Cross Award honorees were Governor John Bel Edwards and Methodist Health System Foundation, Inc. Gala Chairs were chef Edgar Dooky Chase IV and attorneys Gretchen F. Chase, Guy C. Curry and Abril B. Sutherland. Dr. Corey Hebert served as Master of Ceremonies. The gala program included two videos highlighting the accomplishments of the honorees. MoJeaux provided additional entertainment. The magnificent Art Deco venue, Messina’s at the Terminal, additionally catered the Patron Party and Gala. Popular fare included crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms, sliced Creole tomatoes, lump crabmeat and balsamic vinaigrette, oysters brochette, chef Leon’s mini crab cakes with remoulade, crawfish beignets and a shrimp and grits station. A silent auction featured 81 offerings, including a Saints football autographed by Drew Brees; signed prints by artists Terrance Osborne and Varion Laurent; Disney World park passes and trips to France and Tuscany. The live auction featured a trip to Cuba and a “Sheraton New Orleans/Jazz Festival Experience.” n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, March 24 Where: Messina’s at the Terminal

1. Edgar "Dooky" Chase III, Dr. Robert Post and Dr. Norman Francis 2. Felice Hill and Kertrina Watson Lewis 3. Ronald Carrere Jr., Dr. Takeisha Davis and Rod Teamer

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Regatta Racing to the Cure


A nautical-themed benefit supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. By Shelby Simon

The “2017 IberiaBank Leukemia Cup Regatta” presented by Harland Clarke, Jack Henry and Associates and Takeda raised more than $366,000 to uphold the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure these diseases and improve quality of life for patients and their families. The VIP Patron Party featured approximately 60 guests. Malcolm Gosling Jr. held a rum tasting and told the story of his family’s ownership of Gosling Rum. There was also an auction of the 2017 Rex poster signed by the artist and the 2017 King of Rex, and also a signed bottle of family reserve Gosling Rum. More than 500 guests attended the Post Race Party; 24 local restaurants provided food and Gosling Rum provided specialty drinks alongside Republic National Distributing Company and PepsiCo. Refied Confuzion rocked the house with lively music. Key auction items included a one-week trip to Bermuda during the Americas Cup event, provided by the Gosling family, and a party for eight in artist John Bukaty’s private studio while he paints, allowing each guest to leave with an original piece of art. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, April 1 Where: Southern Yacht Club 1. Michel and Jamie Tubre with Honored Hero John Robert and Annie Tubre 2. Chair Robert Kottler, Auction Chair Jenny Kottler, Sponsorship Co-Chair Holly Callia and LLS MSLA Chapter Board of Trustees Chair Mike North 3. LLS MSLA Board of Trustees Member Philip and Wendy Coote with Regatta Campaign Director Cheryl Rodrigue and Laura Baughman

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What: “2017 IberiaBank Leukemia Cup Regatta,” benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Chairmen Celeste and Curtis Eustis Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick

Pre-View Party Wed, October 11 6-8pm View 25 Extravagant Tablescapes Created by Local Designers, Enjoy Culinary Delights, & Cocktails, Music & Live Auction

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Luncheon Thurs, October 12 11:30am – 1:30pm Enjoy a 3-Course Lunch with Wine Seated at one of the Elaborately Decorated Tables

– Seating is very limited!

Info & Tickets at

Sponsored by:

Aucoin Hart Jewelers; Patricia and Vernon Brinson; Celeste and Curtis Eustis; Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick; Michele and Lamar Villere; Liz and Peyton Bush


of all ticket sales and proceeds will benefit Bastion a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for returning warriors with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families. The community is designed to foster informal neighboring and enduring relationships.

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Fostering Families


More than 250 attended ACCESS’ annual brunch. By Shelby Simon

ACCESS celebrated the gift of life with a “Live, Laugh, Love” annual jazz brunch at the Audubon Tea Room. The brunch began with a special address by His Excellency Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Catholic Charities President and CEO Sister Marjorie Hebert presented the 2017 “Outstanding Pro-Life Parish of the Year” award to Saint Jane de Chantal Parish in Abita Springs. Representatives of the Pro-Life Ministry, Coordinator Loretta Naquin and Neal Naquin, and St. Jane de Chantal Pastor Father Kenneth Allen accepted the honor on behalf of the parish. Father Allen gave remarks in appreciation for this special recognition and presented ACCESS with a donation. CCANO Pro-Life Director Michelle Black received the generous gift. Additionally, Past Board President Lisa Baynham was recognized and thanked for all of her hard work and dedication to ACCESS over the years. The newly elected ACCESS Board President, Lynn Schonberg, welcomed guests to the brunch. Pat Quinlan served as Chair, coordinating the day’s activities. Co-Chaired by Sheila Spring and Jean Mitchell, this year’s silent auction provided 135 items to entice guests. ACCESS Board members and Archbishop Rummel “Student Ambassadors” handled the bidding for the items, which included artwork, jewelry and sports tickets. The ACCESS Program is a Pro-Life Pregnancy Center, providing vital complimentary pregnancy support services to New Orleans women and families. The organization also offers a Mobile Unit, which offers education and support, and a Diaper Bank, which distributes more than 100,000 diapers to needy families annually. n



Event at a Glance What: “ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting Catholic Charities When: Sunday, March 26

1. Julie Schomp, Madge Schexnaydre, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Chair Pat Quinlan 2. Catholic Charities President and CEO Sister Marjorie Hebert with Loretta and Neal Naquin and ACCESS Board President Lynn Schonberg 3. Shannon Simons Wild, Ashley Keller and Kim Simon

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Where: Audubon Tea Room

Passion At Play

Three collectors share their stories Do

you have to be rich to be a collector? The answer is no. Of course, there are billionaires who build vast art collections out of passion or as a tax haven. However, it isn’t just the super wealthy; it’s estimated a third of us collect something, and we’ve been doing it for about 12,000 years. Collecting, also a uniquely human endeavor; no other creature on the planet collects things just for the sake of it. So why do we do it? Psychologists have many theories: Collections can create identities for people; they can prolong the idea of longevity because the collections will exist when we won’t. Regardless, collecting is a deeply personal experience, so we spoke to three avid collectors based in New Orleans to tell us what ignites their passion.

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ROBERT Phillips Which one is your favorite? I would have to say my first, my 1956 Austin Healey 100. It is powerful, light and nimble. Whether you’re driving in the mountains of North Carolina or through the streets of New Orleans it’s fun. The potholes just turn a straight-line drive into a winding road. The Bugeye Sprites aren’t much larger than a go-kart; they just make people smile when they see them on the road. What will you ultimately do with them? I have only sold one car over the past 16 years; my two daughters will be the next caretakers of my collection. What do you collect? I collect and restore European classic cars made by Austin Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo and Porsche. From where did your passion stem? My father had a Fiat Spider before I was born and always talked about how much he loved classic European cars. At 13, I got a summer job at a stock car racetrack in Loranger, Louisiana. One of the guys had a Triumph Spitfire and a Volkswagen Beetle, and taught me how to work on them. I realized how simple they were compared to modern cars. From then on, I knew I wanted my first car to be a classic. But when the time came my parents informed me that I had to buy a car with an airbag, so the classic idea was put on hold. However, I carried on helping anyone who owned one, and when I was in high school I became an EMT at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, one of the most famous racetracks in the U.S. The highlight of the year was the Lime Rock Labor Day Vintage Car Festival.

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So how did you finally purchase a classic for yourself? I joined the Atlanta Austin Healey Club when I was 25 and the Members helped me find a 1958 Austin Healey 100-6. My siblings and I purchased the car and I restored it. We gave it to my father for his 58th birthday. A few months later, I heard about a 1956 Austin Healey 100 found in a barn. It took me eight months to restore and afterward I learned that it’s one of only 640 made, with only 250 still in existence – a rare find indeed! What happened next? I started getting calls from people about cars. I looked at online auction sites and I bought one locally from Carbine Motorcars.

Where do you keep them? I usually have one car at my house and the rest are kept in a warehouse. Do you use them? I drive the cars weekly to make sure they are running correctly. I travel to two to three road rallies each year and I have fun taking friends on drives. I occasionally attend car shows. Why is collecting important? For me, working on the cars is very therapeutic. Driving the cars is the prize; it puts a smile on your face that lasts for days! The fact that the cars are appreciating doesn’t hurt either, but that’s just a perk!

So, you’re a bona fide expert now? I love the restoration work and I’m not afraid to ask for help.

Do you connect with other collectors? Yes, I’ve made close friends with enthusiasts from all around the U.S. and in England.

What other cars do you own? Following the Healeys, we acquired a Jaguar, a few old Land Rovers, an Alfa Romeo, some Austin Healey Bugeye Sprites and most recently, a 1972 Porsche 911T. One of the best things is that my passion has re-ignited my father’s interest and we now work on the cars together and go for drives, I can honestly say it’s brought us even closer.

Does collecting influence your lifestyle? Definitely it does to some extent. Last year, my family and I all went to Glorious Goodwood, the UK’s most famous classic car show. Also, internet classifieds in random towns are a gold mine for parts, so I’ll often bring back a part or two from a vacation. 39

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Quinn Peeper What do you collect? As a child I collected toy soldiers, postcards, books, music boxes, busts of composers, shells and beads (Native American trade beads, Venetian glass beads and worry beads). Now as an adult, I collect 17th and 18th century engravings of my college at Oxford, Blind Earl porcelain and commemorative English monarch coronation and jubilee china; my latest thing is items associated with the Duke of Wellington. What ignited your passion? My grandfather was the ultimate collector. His office was a cabinet of curiosities, the walls were festooned with taxidermy specimens of his many hunts under which were maps, antlers, barometers; he had bookcases of atlases, books, journals, stamps, coins; globes of the earth, the moon, the heavens; it was a treasure trove of stuff from his whole life. To paraphrase Proust, it was a room full of “remembrances of things past” and all of us grandchildren loved getting lost in that office. Every object had a story attached to it. My family also influenced me. We were always able to bring souvenirs back from our travels. As child, I had as much excitement of anticipation of the souvenirs as the trip itself. Tell us about your latest collection? My latest collecting craze started at my wedding weekend six years ago in England. My dear friend, the writer Antonia Fraser, hosted a luncheon in our honor and informed us that we were getting married on Waterloo Day, June 18 – the day in 1815 that Wellington defeated Napoleon. Since then, I’ve collected things Wellington – busts, bronzes, china, Staffordshire potteries, engravings, books, commemorative coins and 19th century political satire cartoons. Wellington is fun to collect in New Orleans as it’s a city where most people sympathize with and collect the loser of the battle. Every room of our house has a representation of Wellington of some kind. You can play “Where’s Wellie” as you pass from room to room. Wellington is cheaper to buy in New Orleans than Napoleon!

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Tells us about your favorite pieces. Everything is my favorite. If I didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t buy it. My grandmother gave me a music box for Christmas every year from the time I took piano lessons – most are from Vienna, a few Italian ones. My favorite one is from when I was about 10 years old: a German carved wooden Schroeder from the Peanuts comic strip series; he’s at the piano with a bust of his favorite composer, Beethoven and it plays the theme from the third movement of the “Emperor Concerto.” How do you find items? Specialty shops, auctions and eBay. What will you do with them? I use, admire and display my collections. Are there new collections you would like to start? No. My accountant and financial planner both agree that I must work on collecting retirement assets Where do you keep them? All over my house, the music boxes, composer busts and miniatures are kept in the music room along with other music-related objects, like an early 18th century music stand and sconces from the estate of Arturo Toscanini, the great Italian conductor. Do you use any of the items or are they only to be admired? I definitely use everything. Why is collecting important? For nostalgia and memory of the past. They also commemorate events. Does collecting influence your lifestyle? I invariably find something to add to an existing collection on holiday. The great thing about collections is there’s always room to extend the empire! 41

Japanese Fine Art Textiles

Diane Genre How did you start your collection? I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on a Japanese textile. It was presented to me in 1985 in my gallery on Julia Street. It was magnificent. It was huge 91-by-51-inches wide. It depicted an elephant and a levitating Buddha in a sumptuous fabric, utilizing many types of hand stitching and different colored gold threading. I was instantly captivated. I had never seen anything like it. I bought it immediately. Then I framed it and hung it in my living room. Anyone who came to the house would ask about it, it was so stunning, unique and interesting. Obviously, the story doesn’t end there. On the contrary, this textile was the beginning of my quest to know more, which led me all over the world and introduced me to so many amazing people. What did you do next? I knew this textile wasn’t a one-off and I had dozens of questions: where did it come from? Who made it? Which part of Japan was it from? What techniques were used to make it? What was its cultural, political and social significance? I was already very familiar with Asian antiquities, so I was intrigued by this piece that was so unusual. For the next 18 years I traveled the globe trying to learn more. I researched in libraries and museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I went to Paris and Japan, gathering as much knowledge as I could. In the end, I ended up writing a book, Re-envisioning Japan, Meiji Fine Art Textiles, which was published last August (2016). As an Asian antiquities expert, I was delighted to be able to tell the story of this nearly forgotten and certainly overlooked beautiful Japanese art form. Did you meet people through this endeavor? Yes, I connected with experts everywhere and it was very satisfying to be able to include extensive essays by world-renowned scholars in my book. 42 st. charles Avenue July 2017

Can you pick a favorite? I have over 300 textiles at this point; to name two favorites I would say The Elephant and the Buddha and one (that’s also in the book) of two Lohans (wise, enlightened scholars) and a tiger. The needlework in that one is simply sumptuous. Where do you keep your collection? I have several of my favorites on display in my homes in New Orleans and New York, but most of the collection is in climatecontrolled storage. Why do you think collecting is important? Collecting has had and continues to have a major influence on my life. My collection truly adds beauty to my daily existence and it has taken me on so many educational journeys. I have met people from all over the world and learned about my items through them as well as about the customs and cultures of many countries. What advice would you give to a young collector? Follow your passion; it’s obvious but true and sometimes harder than you expect, but stick with it. I had a shop on Royal Street, Diane Genre Oriental Art & Antiques, for 10 years and literally the people of the world walked in. Through meeting and placing my antiquities in businesses and private homes, my business become international and my world expanded in many ways. So many of the contacts are still my friends. As far as starting a collection, I’d say fall in love with an object and let it speak to your heart. Do some homework on it and then if your passion persists, stick with it and turn it into a lifelong learning experience. Do you think collecting is important in this digital age? Yes, very much so, I strongly believe that collecting actual items is crucial. Digital images will be filed away but real objects can live with us forever, enriching our lives every day. 43

Considerations for looking & feeling your best B y Kelcy Wi lbur n | P ho t o s By Che r yl Ge r b er

In the summer months, everything slows down around New Orleans – the number of festivals, the calendar obligations, kids’ activities, even the pace at which we walk. When we’re busy we hardly make time for ourselves, and the slow summer months make the perfect time to prioritize a little self-pampering. There are a number of ways to rejuvenate the mind and body while looking and feeling better. Below, local professionals involved in health and wellness or aesthetics have chimed in with their recommendations on looking and feeling good this month. There is something special about the way fresh, flowy hair makes you feel, and blowouts are great for those days when you either need or want someone to give your hairdo a boost. And while you can achieve a literal “boost” or a do that helps tame a naturally wild look, blowouts give you a lot of options for styles as well as treatments that can help improve your hair’s health. With two locations, BLEU, a Blowdry Bar offers up-dos and styles, makeup application, keratin express treatments, wedding party services and eyelash and hair extensions. Owner Emily LaBorde recommends a number of products and treatments that can be either purchased in-salon or added to your blowout to achieve better hair health in summer. According to LaBorde, BLEU’s Keratin Express Treatment tames unruly, frizzy hair into shiny, smooth, easy-to-manage tresses. “The one-hour service locks in color, repairs damage and will cut your blow-dry time in half,” she says. LaBorde primarily uses the Living Proof hair care line. She believes its lightweight nature, combined with being free of silicone, parabens and oils, makes it ideal for all hair types. “We are currently obsessed with its PhD line, also known as Perfect hair Day,” says LaBorde. She recommends the PhD Night Cap Overnight Perfector to

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achieve one week of shiny, manageable and vibrant hair “literally overnight.” The Perfector can be added to a blowout or purchased and applied at home. According to LaBorde, time-released conditioners such as this provide the ultimate beauty sleep for your hair. With a similar quick-beauty approach, Poppy & Ivy is a new “face bar” that opened in March on Magazine Street to offer a range of accessible facial services in addition to brow services, lash extensions and organic spray tans. “The Fundamental Facial is our most universally friendly facial and great for a quick skin rev-up,” say Owners Colleen Hammer and Lauren Tidwell. It involves two cleanses, a steamy exfoliation with an ultrasonic spatula, a facial massage, a brightening and firming treatment mask, moisturizer and eye cream. For people with sensitive or reactive skin, Hammer and Tidwell recommend the Cool and Calm Facial, which takes a gentler approach and includes a number of soothing and moisturizing elements. The Happy Hippy Facial is another popular menu item; this all-organic facial is rich in antioxidants, living enzymes and phyto-nutrients that restore the skin. “It involves a cleanse, skin analysis, deep cleanse with steam and exfoliation, massage and a raw/organic treatment mask chosen based on your individual needs, followed by a nourishing treatment oil and soothing gel,” says Hammer. Facials are also a popular service at About Face of New Orleans, which offers services from makeup applications, bridal makeup, facial treatments and lash extensions, to microblading, Botox and Juvederm. The skincare and cosmetic boutique offers a customizable facial service called the About Your Face Treatment, which focuses on both relaxation and improved skin. “After consulting with the client on their concerns and needs,

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About Face of New Orleans 701 Metairie Road, Suite 1B 106, Metairie, 304-1556, • Aesthetic Surgical Associates 3223 Eighth St., Suite 200, 226-8200,, • Belladonna 2900 Magazine St., 891-4393, BelladonnaDaySpa. com • BLEU, a Blowdry Bar 5228 Magazine St., 325-5625; 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 309-5999; • Facial Plastic Surgery 2201 Veterans Blvd., Suite 408, Metairie, 814-FACE (3223), • Khoobehi & Associates 4500 Magazine St., Suite 1, 517-7504; 3901 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 517-7804, • Poppy & Ivy Face Bar 5715 Magazine St., 509-6470, • The Spa at Stone Creek 1201 Ochsner Blvd., Covington, (985) 801-7120,

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Note: St. Charles Avenue magazine doesn’t advocate plastic surgery except under certain conditions. Please consult your doctor before undertaking any medical procedure.

the service is customized to meet those needs and allow the client to feel better, not only about themselves but about their skin as well,” says Esthetician Jaime Shultz. According to Shultz, the Glo Therapeutic skincare line used at About Face of New Orleans offers solutions for all skin types. For achieving quick results for summertime, Shultz recommends chemical peels. About Face of New Orleans offers four different types for various client concerns. From hair stylists and estheticians to massage therapists and physicians, you can choose from a variety of professional to achieve the self-pampering results you seek. At Aesthetic Surgical Associates Dr. Stephen E. Metzinger and his staff specialize in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures of the face, nose, breast and body, which include both surgical and non-invasive procedures. Examples of single-visit procedures offered are Hydrafacial, Ultherapy, microneedling, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, light chemical peels, neuromodulators (Botox) and fillers. “We believe skin care and nutrition are paramount, so we carry multiple skin care lines and vitamins including ISDIN, SkinBetter Science, Obagi, Neocutis and EltaMD. Our Vitamin and mineral line is Life Extensions,” says Metzinger a triple-board certified plastic surgeon. Along with nutrition, Metzinger’s approach to skin care includes gentle cleaning, sunscreen and retinols. He also believes in pampering yourself through a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition, hydration, exercise and targeted supplementation when needed. Another medical practice that can assist with aesthetics goals is Khoobehi & Associates, which specializes in surgical and non-surgical skin and body contouring treatments. “Our experienced aestheticians perform a variety of skin rejuvenating services that renew and improve both the appearance and overall health of the skin, such as microdermabrasion, SkinPen and ThermiSmooth,” says Dr. Jules Walters, board-certified plastic surgeon. According to Dr. Walters, microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tipped wand to polish and exfoliate the skin, while SkinPen utilizes micro-needling therapy to reduce the appearance of fine lines with little to no downtime. Alternately, ThermiSmooth uses radiofrequency energy to reverse the signs of aging by increasing your natural collagen production. Dr. Walters recommends fillers and injectable treatments for quick results in softening lines and adding volume. “We are excited to offer Juvederm’s newest member of the filler family:Vollure. This is a great new filler used in the nasolabial folds and around the mouth to soften lines and lasts up to 18 months,” says Dr. Walters. At Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sean Weiss specializes in plastic surgery of the face and non-surgical treatments for facial rejuvenation and aesthetic enhancement. “When people are wanting to look and feel their best, the eyes are a great place to focus. The area around the eyes is often the first place we show fatigue, illness or aging,” says Dr. Weiss. “The total eye treatment can take

years off the appearance of tired and baggy eyes, and it’s great for quick summertime results.” Dr. Weiss recommends treatment options that range from prescription strength skin care to injecting filling agents and even surgical procedures that can help people achieve a relaxed, renewed and more healthy appearance. “We offer customized treatment plans that can instantly create a refreshed look using a combination of filler injections, Botox, microneedling, laser therapy, chemical peels and topical skin preparations,” says Weiss. While self-pampering at the doctor’s office is a growing trend, the traditional day spa is still a go-to for relaxation and rejuvenation, and New Orleanians have been visiting Belladonna for such pleasures since 1989. Belladonna provides a full selection of day spa services such as massage, facial treatments, nail services and waxing. Their retail shop contains a variety of spa products including makeup and skincare, summer essentials and gifts. “We have great body ritual and rejuvenation services that will get your body feeling renewed and refreshed for the summer months,” says Spa Director Melissa Benitez. “Come in for the detoxifying seaweed body wrap to remove built-up toxins, or schedule a mud body wrap to hydrate and firm the skin while soothing the muscles,” she says. Belladonna is excited to introduce western cupping to its massage packages. According to Benitez, cupping enhances circulation, relieves pain and pulls out lingering toxins from tissues. The service can be added to a deep tissue or relaxation massage. Some of the benefits of massage include decreasing blood pressure and pain, improving range of motion and increasing temporary mental acuity. Located on the Northshore, The Spa at Stone Creek features an extensive service menu with customized massages and facials, nail services, organic spray tan applications and more. “Guests can enjoy a single service or spend an entire day with us and receive a full day enjoying all of our amenities, including time in our gorgeous relaxation area, any of our excellent group fitness classes and our salt water treated pools, hot tub and steam room,” says Spa Director Katie Santangelo. In addition to their relaxation services, The Spa at Stone Creek’s organic spray tan service is popular for summer. According to Santangelo, the spray is made of all-natural ingredients, and the color of the airbrush application is customizable based on what kind of look the client wants to achieve. For the fingers and toes, the Spa at Stone Creek recently launched a new manicure and pedicure service that features their Passion Fruit Agave product line from Spa Ritual, a vegan nail and body care line that Santangelo calls “incredible.” However you choose to rejuvenate, make sure you take advantage of the slow months while they last. Grab a mimosa and take a deep breath – this summer you’re going to feel great! 47


in July eight stops along the street By Kelcy W i lbur n

P ho t o s b y Mi k e L i r e t tE

While some cities have only a couple famous streets or hot-spot neighborhoods, New Orleans is rich with eclectic areas that offer their own unique attractions, shops, restaurants and vibe. Located in the Warehouse District, Julia Street is one of the many famous neighborhoods within a neighborhood that draws visitors year-round, while also experiencing a growth in residents. This summer, we’re highlighting a number of Julia Street businesses that help give the area its character and charm. Julia Street has long been known as a destination for art, with a number of galleries that dot its blocks. Artist, activist and entrepreneur Jonathan Ferrara founded the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in 1998 with a focus on forward-thinking artists with a sense of purpose, mission and message. It features monthly exhibitions of national and international, emerging to established, contemporary artists. Running through July 22 is Sidonie Villere’s exhibition, “Interrupted,” which is comprised of new mixed media painting and sculpture. Villere is a New Orleans native whose work has been exhibited across the United States and is in the permanent collections of several museums including The New Orleans Museum of Art and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Following Villere’s exhibition, the gallery will gear up for White Linen Night, “the pinnacle of our summer season,” says Gallery Director and Partner Matthew Weldon Showman. “We will be unveiling the first solo exhibition of conceptual activist artist Ti-Rock Moore,” he says. On Saturday, August 5, the gallery will share three, one-night-only pieces: one on the street, one ephemeral and one a performance in the gallery. In 2005, just one month before Hurricane Katrina, Steven and Borislava Callan opened Callan Contemporary in an award-winning gallery space designed by local architect Lee Ledbetter. Since then, the gallery has specialized in contemporary paintings and sculpture by

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emerging, mid-career and internationally recognized artists. “One of the primary focuses of our gallery is to gain exposure for our artists by introducing their work to collectors and museums through our participation in international art fairs. We also work closely with museums that have exhibitions of our artist’s work,” says Steven Callan. Throughout July, Sibylle Peretti will exhibit a new body of work entitled “It Was Such a Beautiful Promise.” According to Peretti, her work “explores the lack of harmony between human beings and nature and our inability to become one with the natural world.” Peretti’s exhibition will be followed by Doyle Gertjejansen for White Linen Night, Basque painter José-Maria Cundin for Art for Art’s Sake and sculpture by David Borgerding for November and December. Julia Street isn’t just for adults, and as home to the Louisiana Children’s Museum, it offers family-friendly fun all year long. “At the Louisiana Children’s Museum, children and adults alike can explore 30,000 square feet of engaging exhibits, educational programs, art activities and hands-on fun,” says CEO Julia Bland. During July and August, the museum will be open seven days a week for summer. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sundays. In addition to their daily and weekend programming, the Louisiana Children’s Museum offers a variety of summer camps.

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Check out “Movin’ and Groovin’” (July 3-7), “Kitchen Chemistry” (July 10-14), “Our Own Backyard” (July 17-21), “The World’s a Stage” and “Meet the Masters, Louisianastyle!” (July 24-28), “Dinosaurs Rock” and “Drawsome!” (July 31-August 4) and “Around the World” (August 7-11). Wherever you are in New Orleans great food is near, and that’s certainly the case on Julia Street. Newcomer NOSH (New Orleans Social House) recently opened in the previous Tommy’s Cuisine location as a new member of the Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts family. Helmed by Executive Chef Michael Farrell, NOSH is designed to be a social hotspot with live music, sharable plates and craft cocktails and wine. “It’s a collection of all of my favorite foods, scaled down, so you can try a little of everything,” says Farrell. From small snacks like marinated olives or fingerling potato chips to accompany an after-work cocktail to a wild mushroom flatbread or lobster tacos, the menu offers a diverse selection of tartines, small plates and flatbreads in addition to its seafood bar with salmon and octopus carpaccios, Ahi poke and more. “We open at 4 p.m. daily, so we invite everyone to stop by right after work for a drink and a snack. When you can’t decide between the bison sliders or the Gulf shrimp spring

rolls, don’t worry; you can stop back tomorrow for a second round before heading home,” says Farrell. A separate neighborhood addition brings downhome Cajun flavors and a casual atmosphere to Julia Street with a new opening right off Convention Center Boulevard. Owners of Fulton Street’s more formal Restaurant Rebirth introduced Galliano Restaurant in December, naming it after chef Ricky Cheramie’s hometown of Galliano, Louisiana. For lunch, the menu features a number of Cajun specialties in addition to poor boys both traditional and “nouveaux.” At dinner, the poor boys are subbed out for Cajun steaks and house specialties, such as a seafood platter with crab-stuffed Gulf fish, fried Louisiana oysters and New Orleans barbecue shrimp sauce or the pork chop LaPlace, an Andouille-stuffed Two Run Farm pork chop topped with pickled red onion rings and tiger sauce and served with ham hock cornbread dressing and red beans. The Golden Meadows duck wings appetizer is another known hit. Operating Partner Manny Pineda says guests can expect a number of summertime specials this month in addition to a summer specialty cocktail list. “This is the perfect place to get a true taste of what Louisiana is about,” says Pineda. Seafood is the focus at nearby Pêche, which was named by the James Beard Foundation to the Best New Restaurants in America in 2014. Executive Chef Ryan Prewitt was named Best Chef: South the same year. “Pêche is the result of a desire Donald [Link], Stephen [Stryjewski] and I have to shine a light on the high quality and diversity of Gulf seafood,” says Prewitt, who utilizes a unique open fire cooking method to highlight the Gulf flavors. “One thing we always feature is whole grilled fish, such as snapper and speckled trout. As we move into the summer, we see a lot of blue crab as well as wahoo and a slightly different variety of fin fish,” he says. The restaurant can accommodate a variety of appetites and invites visitors in shorts and flip flops to snack at the bar while also welcoming parties seeking a full, wine-paired more formal dining experience. As the Warehouse District and CBD continue to grow residentially, Julia Street businesses are gradually opening to accommodate the active lifestyles of residents. There are a number of options for those looking to improve their fitness, and on Julia Street you’ll find New Orleans’ only yoga studio that, according to staff, is fully dedicated to Bikram Yoga New Orleans, a hot yoga series that is 90 minutes with 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The yoga studio is kept at about 105 degrees Fahrenheit and at 45 percent humidity. “Physically, Bikram Yoga stretches, flexes, compresses and cleanses each and every part of your body. You learn breathing control, which is very beneficial for lowering the heart rate. You learn to connect your breath to your body movements, which leads to connection of body, mind and soul,” says team member Juan F. Herrera. This summer, Bikram Yoga New Orleans plans on offering workshops on topics like alignments and backbends from the studio’s own teachers and possibly from master yogis. Also focused on fitness is Prime Fitness Rx, a 24-hour gym that offers personal training, group training, nutrition counseling and gym memberships. Prime Fitness Rx uses Strive Fit and Cybex equipment as well as TRX Suspension Trainers. The gym offers full-body circuit and boxing classes with one of their trainers, who they like to think of as coaches and partners in your fitness journey. This month, Prime Fitness Rx will offer no enrollment fees on membership, according to Owner Sacha Renee Owens, Master CPT and Certified Sports Nutritionist. 49

“We have a certain energy here at PFRX … it has a great vibe, and out-of-towners, celebs and conventioneers come to us because we offer day, weekly and month-to-month memberships,” says Owens. “We are a very artsy and boutique-style gym, so we fit in perfectly for events like Art Walk and White Linen Night.” Whether you’re interested in ceramic sculptures, sculpting the body or a meal that’s a work of art, Julia Street’s the street for you.

Bikram Yoga 638 Julia St. 265-8441

Callan Contemporary 518 Julia St. 525-0518

Galliano Restaurant 200 Julia St. 218-5753

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery 400A Julia St. 522-5471

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. 523-1357

NOSH 752 Tchoupitoulas St. (at Julia) 581-1103

Pêche 800 Magazine St. (at Julia) 522-1744

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gallery insider

Within this guide you’ll find a directory of more than 70 art galleries in New Orleans and on the Northshore. Find your favorite new artist or rediscover an old master; travel down a frequently walked street and discover a new treasure; or simply enjoy the experience of taking in beautiful artworks – all of this and more can be found within GALLERY INSIDER.

Also included within this directory of the most exclusive and prestigious galleries in the New Orleans area are introductions to a couple of the city’s finest curators, gallery owners and artists in the promotional pages called IN THE PICTURE. This edition of GALLERY INSIDER will have supplementary distribution at “White Linen Night”, “Dirty Linen Night” and “Art for Arts Sake.” If you would like to have the St. Charles Avenue GALLERY INSIDER to display at your upcoming exhibition or show, please call 504.830.7248.

Algiers Point Rosetree Blown Glass Studio 446 Vallette Street 504.366.3602 Bywater Dr. Bob Folk Art 3027 Chartres Street 504.945.2225 Good Children Gallery 4037 St. Claude Avenue 504.975.1557 NOCCA 2800 Chartres Street 504.940.2787 Parse Gallery 819 Marigny Street 262.607.2773

Bükaty 841 Carondelet Street 504.533.8858 Covington Brunner Gallery 215 N. Columbia Street 985.893.0444 Impastato Gallery & Art Therapy 1901 US 190 #28 985.951.2221 Saladino Gallery 409 E. Boston Street 504.236.8827 Tripolo Gallery 323 N. Columbia Street 985.789.4073 French Quarter

Art in Bloom Gallery and Studio 830 Chartres Street 504.615.7011

Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op 912 N. Peters Street 504.412.9220

Bee Galleries 319 Chartres Street 504.587.7117

Elliott Gallery 540 Royal Street 504.523.3554

Brad Thompson Fine Art 600 Decatur Street 504.522.4225

Frances Swigart 1014 Royal Street 504.874.1278

Bruce Brice Gallery 2611 Chartres Street 504.949.4294

Fredrick Guess Studio 906 Royal Street 504.251.4644

Caliche & Pao Gallery 312 Royal Street 504.588.2846

Galerie Rue Royale 541 Royal Street 504.581.6925

Callan Fine Art 240 Chartres Street 504.524.0025

Galerie Rue Toulouse 509 Royal Street 504.581.5881

Casell Bergen Gallery 1305 Decatur Street 504.478.6477

Gallery Burguieres 736 Royal Street 504.301.1119

Press Street’s Antenna Gallery 3718 St. Claude Avenue 504.298.3161

A Gallery for Fine Photography 241 Chartres Street 504.568.1313

Studio Inferno 6601 St. Claude Avenue 504.945.1878

Adorn 610 Royal Street 504.680.0133

Claire Elizabeth Gallery 131 Decatur Street 504.309.4063

The Front 4100 St. Claude Avenue

Angela King Gallery 241 Royal Street 504.524.8211

Craig Tracy Gallery 827 Royal Street 504.592.9886

Gallery Orange 819 Royal Street 504.875.4006

Antieau Gallery 927 Royal Street 504.304.0849

Creason’s Fine Art Gallery 831 Chartres Street 504.304.4392

Gallery Rinard 611 Royal Street 504.522.6536

CBD Art Council of New Orleans 935 Gravier Street #850 504.523.1465

Gallery Nine Forty 940 Royal Street 504.558.0000

Gallery Two 831 Royal Street 504.513.8312 George Rodrigue Studios 730 Royal Street 504.581.4244

Kurt E. Schon, Ltd. Fine Paintings 510 St. Louis Street 504.524.5462 La Belle Galerie 1737 Esplanade Avenue 504.529.3080

Graphite Galleries 936 Royal Street 504.565.3739

Le Jardin 612 Royal Street 504.680.0133

Great Artists’ Collective 815 Royal Street 504.525.8190

Lozano & Barbuti Gallery 313 Royal Street 504.581.2428

Hall-Barnett Gallery 237 Chartres Street 504.522.5657 Harouni Gallery 933 Royal Street 504.299.4393 Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art 733 Royal Street 504.524.0909 JAX Art Gallery 600 Decatur Street 504.524.8838 Kako Gallery 536 Royal Street 504.565.5445 Kezic Gallery 337 Royal Street 504.298.1096

M Contemporary 906 Royal Street 504.523.2022 Mann Gallery 305 Royal Street 504.523.2342 Martin Lawrence Galleries 433 Royal Street 504.299.9055 Martin Welch Art 223 Dauphine Street 504.388.4240 Michalopoulos Gallery 617 Bienville Street 504.558.0505 M.S. Rau Antiques 630 Royal Street 888.223.5258 51

Scene by Rhys 708 Toulouse Street 258-5842

While Scene By Rhys Art Gallery might be a newcomer to New Orleans’ art world, owner/artist Emilie Rhys is no stranger to town; she’s the daughter of the late art legend Noel Rockmore. Since returning to live here in 2011, from day one she has focused her discerning eye on the vibrant music scene – hence the gallery’s name. At her gallery, visitors can browse nearly six years of live drawings and paintings of musicians and bands.

Msaniart Gallery 823 Royal Street 504.529.1640

Sutton Galleries 519 Royal Street 504.581.1914

Off the Beaten Way 1029 Royal Street 504.586.0180

Tanner Gallery and Studio 830 Royal Street 504.524.8266

Oleander on Royal 1000 Royal Street 504.561.8860

The Jamie Hayes Gallery 617 Chartres Street 504.596.2344

O’Neill Studios 319 Royal Street & 721 Royal Street 504.586.1636 & 504.527.0703

Tresor Gallery 811 Royal Street 504.309.3991

Pennington Fine Art 829 Royal Street 504.789.5547 Red Truck Gallery 938 Royal Street 504.522.3630 Rhino Contemporary Crafts Co. The Shops at Canal Place, Second Level 504.523.7945 Scene by Rhys Art Gallery 708 Toulouse Street 504.258.5842 Steve Jarrett Gallery 618 Royal Street 504.588.1123

Vieux Carre Fine Art Gallery 507 St. Ann Street 504.522.2900 Windsor Fine Art 221 Royal Street 504.586.0202 Lower Garden District

Crescent City Auction Gallery 1330 St. Charles Avenue 504.529.5057

Scott Edwards Photography Studio & Gallery 2111 Decatur Street 504.610.0581

David Spielman Gallery 1332 Washington Avenue 504.899.7670

Second Story Gallery 2372 St. Claude Avenue, Suite 251 504.427.2719

Matthew Clayton Brown 1724 St. Andrew Street 504.522.5058 New Orleans Photo Alliance 1111 St. Mary Street 504.610.4899 Studio Amanda Talley 1382 Magazine Street 504.595.3136 Thomas Mann Gallery I/O 1812 Magazine Street 504.581.2111 Marigny

Anton Haardt Gallery 2858 Magazine Street 504.891.9080

Barrister’s Gallery 2331 St. Claude Avenue 504.710.4506

Ashé Cultural Arts Center 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard 504.569.9070

Byrdie’s 2402A St. Claude Avenue 504.656.6794

Coup d’Oeil Art Gallery 2033 Magazine Street 504.722.0876

La Madama Bazarre 2350 St. Claude Avenue 504.236.5076

Skimmer Studios by Ross Lunz 1241 Frenchman Street 504.450.0484 Staple Goods 1340 St. Roch Avenue 504.908.7331 UNO St. Claude Art Gallery 2429 St. Claude Avenue 504.948.6939 Venusian Gardens 2601 Chartres Street 504.943.7446 Mid-City New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle 504.658.4100 Uptown Alex Beard Studio 3926 Magazine Street 504.309.0394

Alexis Walter Art 5702 Magazine Street 504.568.0316

Gallery B. Fos 2138 Magazine Street 504.444.2967

Ashley Longshore Gallery 4537 Magazine Street 504.333.6951

Guthrie Contemporary Gallery 3815 Magazine Street 504.897.2688

Carol Robinson Gallery 840 Napoleon Avenue 504.895.6130 Cole Pratt Gallery 3800 Magazine Street 504.891.6789 Davis Gallery 904 Louisiana Avenue 504.895.5206 Dee Dee Martin Gallery 3426 Magazine Street 504.516.2212 Du Mois Gallery 4609 Freret Street 504.818.6032 Esom Gallery 3935 Magazine Street 225.202.6406 Frenchy 8319 Oak Street 504.861.7595 Galerie Royale 3648 Magazine Street 504.894.1588

Guy Lyman Fine Art 3645 Magazine Street 504.889.4687 Kevin Gillentine Gallery 3917 Magazine Street 504.891.0509 May 750 Carondelet Street 504.316.3474 Melissa Bonin 3714 Magazine Street 337.380.6927 Neal Auction Company 4038 Magazine Street 504.899.5329 Newcomb Art Gallery Tulane University Woldenberg Art Center 504.865.5328 New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts 5256 Magazine Street 504.899.8111




I spend a lot of time in music venues, inspired by the brilliance of the music-makers to consign their image —and the environment in which they work—to art.

Emilie Rhys Owner/Artist, Scene by Rhys Art Gallery Q: When did your journey into the local art scene begin? A: I was born into a family of artists—my father Noel Rockmore and grandparents Floyd Davis and Gladys Rockmore Davis. Self-taught, I have worked my entire life at art. Four years into the “New Orleans Music Inked into Art” series, I launched A year later, a team of people including Gallery Manager Esther Rose helped me shift operations from private studio to public gallery in November 2016. Q: What most inspires your work? A: The music and the people who create it! All drawings are created from life during performances, and it is a point of pride that I do not utilize photography. Consequently, I spend a lot of time in music venues, inspired by the brilliance of the music-makers to consign their image—and the environment in which they work—to art. I pay them a commission on all sales of art in which they’re depicted. Q: What draws you to your medium, and how do you define your style? A: Portability is paramount, so I use pencil and ink on paper. Over nearly six years, the style has evolved from crosshatching to a signature hybrid of drawing/painting via the use of gloves to artfully smear the ink. 53

Symmetry Jewelers & Designers 8138 Hampson Street 861-9925

GIA certified 2.32 carat antique European cut diamond in 18 karat yellow gold and platinum engagement ring with graduated sapphire accents.

Studio Solitario 4531 Magazine Street 504.905.4175

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery 400a Julia Street 504.522.5471

Tami Curtis Gallery 5523 Magazine Street 985.789.2214

LeMIEUX Galleries 332 Julia Street 504.522.5988

Ten Gallery 4432 Magazine Street 504.214.3589

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia Street 504.523.1357

Terrance Osborne Gallery 3029 Magazine Street 504.232.7530 The Fine Arts Gallery of New Orleans 636 Burdette Street 504.866.4287 Warehouse District Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery 535 Julia Street 504.524.3233 Arthur Roger Gallery 432 Julia Street 504.522.1999 Boyd Satellite Gallery 440 Julia Street 504.581.2440

Antieau Gallery 927 Royal Street 304-0849 4532 Magazine Street 510-4148

Antieau Gallery showcases the work of nationally recognized New Orleans fabric-appliqué artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. As a self-taught visionary artist, Antieau’s work tells stories of nature, perception and, above all, the human experience. See her impeccably stitched works at her gallery in the French Quarter at 927 Royal Street (open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily) or Uptown at 4532 Magazine Street (open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays).

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Mallory Page 614 Julia Street 337.280.4684 Martine Chaisson Gallery 727 Camp Street 504.302.7942 New Orleans Auction Galleries 333 St. Joseph Street 504.566.1849 New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio 727 Magazine Street 504.529.7279 Octavia Gallery 454 Julia Street 504.309.4249

Callan Contemporary 518 Julia Street 504.525.0518

Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp Street 504.539.9650

Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp Street 504.528.3805

Soren Christensen Gallery 400 Julia Street 504.569.9501

Gallery 600 Julia 600 Julia Street 504.895.7375

Stella Jones Gallery 201 St. Charles Avenue #132 504.568.9050

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 747 Magazine Street 504.324.9614 George Schmidt Gallery 626 Julia Street 504.592.0206 Jed Malitz V2 Gallery & Studio 615 Julia Street 985.773.0458

Steve Martin Fine Art 624 Julia Street 504.566.1390 The National World War II Museum 945 Magazine Street 504.528.1944




After 46 years, I’m still designing jewelry every day and loving it just as much.

Tom Mathis Co-owner of Symmetry Jewelers Q: What inspired you to pursue an art career in jewelry? A: My mother was an artist and the biggest influence on my becoming a professional. I enjoyed art as a young man but quickly realized how hard it would be to earn a good living as an artist. In college, I drove a truck for Adler’s jewelry store and watched the jewelers intently when I could. I realized then that I could apply my artistic talents in the jewelry field and taught myself the dying art of hand engraving so that I could draw and cut my own jewelry designs. Q: What most informs your style? A: Early on I studied a lot of classical jewelry designs and was most influenced by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods of jewelry making. Those styles still inspire my work. Q: Is there an accomplishment you’re particularly proud of? A: I am proud that over the years my brother Richard and I have been able to bring art back into the field of jewelry making. Symmetry was the first true jewelry gallery in New Orleans to give other jewelry artists—from all over—a place to display and sell their art. After 46 years, I’m still designing jewelry every day and loving it just as much. 55

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Harriet Nash Hurley Weds Howard Alexander Nelson Jr. June 13, 1958 By Bev Church

After attending McGehee’s, Harriet Hurley went to boarding school at The Shipley School in Bryn Mayr, Pennsylvania. When she came home, she had lots of boys who asked her out. Her mother wouldn’t let her go out with the same boy more than once in a week. Howard Nelson Jr. went to Princeton and he and his roommates, Hodding Carter and Jim Churchill, all had summer jobs in New Orleans. That same summer Jackeen Kelleher wanted Harriet to have a date with Howard at a dinner party at Kelleher’s parent’s home. Harriet said “yes,” and when it was time for her date three boys showed up at her door to pick her up. She didn’t know any of them, so couldn’t tell who was her date until they sat down to dinner.

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Howard was delightful, but didn’t call her back for three weeks, which was unheard of. He finally called and asked her out again, and on the third date he asked her to marry him. The only problem was that her mother and father expected Harriet to make her debut. After one year at Sweet Briar she came home to study at Newcomb, and Howard presented her with a ring in December while they were riding in Audubon Park. She was presented that year, and they were married that June at Trinity Church at 8 p.m. with a beautiful reception at the Hurleys’ home for about 600 guests. It was an elegant cocktail buffet with music and dancing, flowers by Rohm’s and her cake from Swiss Bakery. Harriet had her dress made at Town & Country of antique peau de soie; her cathedral length antique heirloom silk veil

had been worn by generations of her family. They had picked out bridesmaids’ dresses at a shop, but it burned down one week before the wedding, so Town & Country stepped in and saved the day, providing the dresses in lemon yellow organdy. The afternoon of the wedding, his groomsmen kidnapped Howard and painted him all over with gentian violet paint, which doesn’t come off for weeks. Harriet and Howard only had two days for their honeymoon, so they went to the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Mississippi. Howard couldn’t go on the beach because of the paint, but they had a ball anyway! Harriet and Howard have been married for almost 60 years and have three wonderful children. n 57

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Simmons – Claiborne By Mirella Cameran

Morgan Elisabeth Simmons and Dr.

The delicious food was served by Affairs to Remember catering and band Az Izz had their guests dancing the entire night. The band played “With This Ring” by The Platters for Morgan and Jeffrey’s first dance. Laura Potts of Sugar Event and Design helmed the event. Morgan and Jeffrey enjoyed a one-week honeymoon in St. Lucia and returned to Shreveport, Louisiana, where Jeffrey is completing his one-year fellowship and Morgan is working as a Physician’s Assistant. n

ABOVE: The Bride and Groom OPPOSITE PAGE TOP: Bridal Party: Abbie Garrison, Britton Chauvin, Katie Shockley, Jack Carrere, Taryn Saunders, Dr. Cole Claiborne, Claire Ashley, Dr. Martin Claiborne, The Bride and Groom, Lindy Simmons, Ross Claiborne, Sallie Gurganus, Terry Kirkley, Lydia Wright, Clayton Crantford, Caroline Trammell and Chase Simmons (not pictured) Flower Girls and Ring Bearer Ellie Schmidt, Caroline Schmidt, Jane Fry and Boden Batt OPPOSITE PAGE BOTTOM LEFT: Andrea Simmons, Chase Simmons, Neal Simmons, Lindy Simmons, The Bride and Groom, Ross Claiborne, Barbara Claiborne, Dr. Cole Claiborne and Dr. Martin Claiborne

Bride’s Wedding Gown: Anne Barge Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank Groom’s Wedding Band: Family heirloom since 1919 Reception Band: Az Izz with Music Garden Bands Photographer: Anchor & Veil Photography Catering: Affairs to Remember Flowers: Tulip Cake Designer: Frosted Pumpkin 58 st. charles Avenue July 2017

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Jeffrey Reid Claiborne met through a mutual friend while living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Morgan, from Atlanta, Georgia, was in physician assistant school and Jeffrey, a New Orleans native, was in his third year of plastic surgery residency. Both in the medical field, Morgan and Jeffrey connected quickly with mutual love for family, medicine, and to Morgan’s dismay, the New Orleans Saints. Morgan and Jeffrey quickly realized they had each found “the one.” Jeffrey began to look at rings and decided to have one of his mother’s diamonds re-set into a simple but timeless setting by Hiller Jewelry. The ring traveled up to North Carolina through family and friends and Jeffrey proposed over dessert at one of their favorite restaurants in Winston-Salem. They spent the rest of the evening calling family and friends and celebrating their engagement. The celebratory weekend of April 23, 2016, began at the rehearsal dinner, given by Jeffrey’s parents, Dr. Martin and Barbara Claiborne, in the historic Greystone Hall at Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s largest familyfriendly park. The wedding ceremony was held at Peachtree Christian Church officiated by Reverend Jarrod Longbons. Peachtree Christian Church, established in 1925 and modeled after Melrose Abbey in Scotland, has the largest single collection of English stained glass windows outside of England. The ceremony music included organist Herb Buffington and vocalists Turner and Courtney Vaughn, friends of the bride. The Maids of Honor were Morgan’s younger sister Lindy Simmons and Claire Ashley, the bride’s best friend. The Best Man was Dr. Martin Claiborne, Jeffrey’s father. Following the ceremony, the reception was hosted by Morgan’s parents, Dr. Neal and Andrea Simmons, in the beautiful Georgian Ballroom at The Biltmore Hotel. 59


Tom Neyhart CEO, PosiGen By Lindsay Mack

For many families, choosing renewable

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startup’s growth soon outpaced their capacity. Now, PosiGen operates as its own solar and energy company, and has completed 10,000 installations. With operations in Louisiana, Connecticut and New York, PosiGen shows no signs of slowing. By pairing efficient energy with solar technology, the people of PosiGen can create individualized solar power solutions for each household. The solar panels can take sunlight and transform it into usable, renewable energy for families. This source of power is both kinder to the environment and also less expensive for households. Through its success, the company’s goal has remained the same: To provide families with financial stability via solar power. As soon as the solar components are installed, the families can experience savings right away.

“Some people believe it’s too good to be true,” says CEO Tom Neyhart. “It’s cash back in their pocket in the first year.” In general, Neyhart sees PosiGen as a company that offers a hand up to deserving families who want to improve their home. By helping his customers save money, Neyhart and PosiGen can continue to improve local communities. Basically, this company proves that helping the environment, as well as deserving people in the community, can be great for business as well. n

Get Involved Visit or call (866) PosiGen (767-4436) to learn more.

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energy options isn’t only a way to help the environment, but also a great practice for cutting costs. In post-Katrina New Orleans, for instance, many residents chose energy efficient and solar programs for their rebuilding process. However, many of these options presented a high barrier to entry for low- to middle-income families. FICO scores or household incomes restricted access for some residents. Looking to break these barriers, PosiGen was created to offer clean, renewable energy options for all people. By providing energy efficient power to a segment of population that had been overlooked, the company experienced rapid growth and success. In its early phases, PosiGen teamed up with solar and energy efficiency companies for help, but the

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Elden Patrick Newburger Brother Martin High School By Mallory Lindsly

“The more we attempt to

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improve our community, the more the community will improve; and if the community improves, there will be a positive effect on not only me but also all the people around me,” says Elden Patrick Newburger a graduated senior from Brother Martin High School. Newburger’s most rewarding experience has been through his involvement with Teen CROSS (Catholics Reaching Out in Selfless Service), through which he led the junior high session of World Youth Day. “The young Church is the Church of the future, and without them the Church will inevitably fail. Seeing so many young people join together to celebrate their faith and learn more about it brought so much fulfillment to me,” says Newburger. During the summer of 2015, Newburger assisted to revive Relay for Life in New Orleans. The event, a 12-hour walk, has students from all the areas schools come together to raise money

to fight cancer. That summer, he was asked to be one of the three Masters of Ceremony. After Relay for Life was suspended due to lack of leadership, that year’s relay was a huge success and continues to be a successful event. Newburger worked with the group for the summer of 2016, but had a more behind the scenes role. “After losing my grandmother to cancer, it became an extremely important issue to me, so involvement in raising such a large sum of money for that cause meant the world to me,” says Newburger. Gerald Ursin, a teacher at Brother Martin, inspired Newburger to become a student activist. Ursin is a strong pillar for students to lean on and gives students motivation to keep pushing and working towards a goal. “His involvement at Brother Martin when he was a student and his service work in college has inspired me and helped me to realize that it’s more important to give back to the community than it is to take from the community,” Newburger is attending Auburn University in the fall to study either mechanical or aerospace engineering. Once he graduates from college, he wants to become an engineer and, after gaining a few years of experience, open his own engineering firm. n

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ESSENCE Festival

Welcome to Night Vale

David Blaine

“Party with a purpose” with musical acts such as John Legend, Chaka Khan, and Diana Ross, as well as speakers such as Rev. Al Sharpton and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. MercedesBenz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, (888) 946-9655,

See the live version of this twice-monthly podcast featuring community updates for the creepy small town of Night Vale. It is spooky, funny and charming. The Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., 272-0865,

David Blaine, praised by the likes of Penn & Teller and The New York Times for bringing fresh energy into the world of magic, visits New Orleans for one night only. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,




Twelfth Night: Recorded Live at Shakespeare’s Globe


The Tempest

In New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera’s seventh season, sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 522-6545,

Prospero, wrongly accused and imprisoned for 12 years, sets out for revenge but finds redemption in Shakespeare’s magical masterpiece. Tulane University’s Lupin Theater, 150 Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5106,

The Tulane Shakespeare Festival will screen a recording of Twelfth Night from London starring Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance. Tulane University’s Lupin Theater, 150 Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5106, 13-23

By Any Scenes Necessary


The Little Mermaid

Roger Waters Us + Them Featuring Songs from Pink Floyd

Based on the classic Disney film, the mermaid Ariel yearns to live above the sea and finds romance in this all-ages show. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

This riotous theatre/improv hybrid sees actors and improvisers recreate Romeo & Juliet without a script. Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., 865-5106,

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters plays classic songs in an immersive sensory experience featuring stateof-the-art audiovisual production and breathtaking sound. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, 12 Othello (staged reading)

Shakespeare’s tale of love, jealousy and madness receives a staged reading from some of New Orleans’ finest actors and a few surprise guests. Tulane University’s Lupin Theater, 150 Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5106,

15 The Victory Belles

These delightful ladies serenade audiences with the music of the 1940s, including gems of the WWII era as well as patriotic classics saluting each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943,


25 Idina Menzel

Broadway and Disney superstar Idina Menzel (she sang “Let It Go” from Frozen) will captivate New Orleans audiences as part of her world tour. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,




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Dr. Donna Tesi Owner, Beauty Deep MedSpa By Mirella Cameran

Why did you set up Beauty Deep? I wanted to create a unique medical spa that combines my love of art with my love of skincare. It is a special space that provides our clients an escape from the stress of everyday life. We are by appointment only, so we can give individual attention to each of our clients. What’s unique about it? Beauty deep was designed with comfort as the central motivating factor. The walls are adorned with artwork from Louisiana artists, and West African artifacts from my travels. You have your own line of skincare; can you tell us about it? It is called DermaPür, and it combines medical-grade and natural ingredients to make a difference in your skin that you can see and feel. We customize a regimen for your individual skincare needs. What are your signature services? We have state-ofthe-art radio frequency device that helps to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also used to sculpt the body and reduce unwanted fat deposits in trouble areas. It works well with microneedling for complete skin rejuvenation. 64 st. charles Avenue July 2017

Also, our customized MediFacial is our signature facial; it’s customized based on your skin’s needs and incorporates a very relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage. How have clients responded? It has been amazing! Our clients say they feel relaxed as soon as they come in. Is there anything coming up that you would like to share with readers? We have skincare and aromatherapy classes coming up, as well as Botox and girls’ nights out parties. We are also going to be bringing in a line of makeup very soon. It is our goal to educate our clients and have fun events in all areas of skincare and beauty. Is there anything else you would like to add? Our esthetician, Stephanie Evans, has been posting fantastic videos about skincare, products, tips and tricks on our Facebook page.

Beauty Deep MedSpa 1747 Tchoupitoulas St. 252-9473

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Taylor Lyon Owner/Curator, Graphite Gallery By Mirella Cameran

Why did you open your gallery? Graphite was opened with the intention of showing collectors how you can fill a space with a wide array of art and artists. Collecting is a form of creativity. What’s different about Graphite? We try to bring very clean and very contemporary work to Royal Street mixing pop art with abstraction and more classic sculpture.

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Who are your chosen artists? We have up and coming artists to those firmly mid-career, and having an on-going relationship with an artist and his or her work is very exciting. A collector can watch a career of ideas unfold in real time.

Who are your clients? Generally, once someone has decided they like my taste and believe in my roster they’ll check in to see what’s new. My job is to bring important work to each collector that fits with a particular interest or fits with the collection they’re building. What are your favorites in the gallery right now? Some of my new favorites are these pinhole camera shots of dinosaurs by Sam Davis. They are dignified and strange with a bit of smirk lurking in the idea. Also, we just brought on Anja Van Herle, an artist out of L.A., who’s doing large-scale pop art portraits of women. They are retro, painterly, bright and sexy.

Graphite Galleries New Orleans 936 Royal St. (505) 565-3739 65

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1. New Orleans Garden society president Lee Pitre Lynch sits with Carole McGinity, Denise Mehurin, Beverly Watts, Linda S. Forman, Lynn Skidmore and Cynthia Glancy at a sit-down luncheon to celebrate the society’s past presidents at the Southern Yacht Club. 2. Dana Hansel, Holley Guidry and Ingrid Garvey celebrate the start of PBS’ newest drama, “Victoria,” at the “WYES Victorian Garden Party.” 3. Dianne Breaux and Penny Baumer attend the “WYES Victorian Garden Party,” held at the historic Opera Guild Home in January. Guests enjoyed a tour of the home, champagne and food from Ralph Brennan Catering & Events. 4. Donna Flower, Laurie Guillaume and Dr. Juan and Ana Gershanik pose at the “WYES Victorian Garden Party.” Guests were encouraged to don their best Victorian garb while enjoying champagne and a live auction. 5. Richard Yancey, Karen DeBlieux and C. Allen Favrot at the annual YMCA meeting and presentation of the C. Allen Favrot Humanitarian of the Year award and the Mildred Wild Volunteer of the Year award. Lee Alexius, who passed away in October, was this year’s winner of the Humanitarian of the Year award. 6. Robert Becnel, YMCA District Vice President, Belle Chasse YMCA and Plaquemines Parish Partnership poses with John Esperan and George Wilson, YMCA of Greater New Orleans Chairman of the Board at the annual YMCA meeting. Esperan won the 2017 Mildred Wild Volunteer of the Year award.

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7. Ryan Johnson, a seventh grader at St. Martin’s, demonstrated soldering for alumna Mary Sue Nelson Roniger, class of 1960, at the grand opening of the Gibbs Family Center for Innovation and Design at St. Martin’s. 8. Oskar Blues Brewery staff members join CAN’d Aid to help gut and clean out homes in Baton Rouge that were damaged in the 2016 floods. CAN’d Aid Foundation is the brewery’s charitable arm and develops and participates in various community service programs. 9. Punkgrass band The Whiskey Shivers treat students at Creative Action to an African Drumming and jam session, sponsored by the CAN’d Foundation. 10. Son of a Saint Founder and President Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper and center, Son of a Saint Mentee of the Year Andrew Hightower, attend the fourth annual “Son of a Saint Gala” this past December 2016. This year’s event raised almost $150,000 to go towards the organization’s mission to mentor fatherless young men in the New Orleans area. 11. Bivian “Sonny” Lee III and Allen Smith pose together after Lee presented Smith with the 2017 Mentor of the Year Award at the “Son of a Saint Gala.” Every year, Son of a Saint sponsors up to 50 youths, ages 10 to 13, providing them with guidance, educational and mental health services and recreational programs. 12. Lon Nichols and Chriss Knight celebrate at the “Son of a Saint Gala.” In 2016, the organization introduced a new fundraising series, “Drink Dat,” which were held before every home Saints game and led up to the annual end-of-the-year gala. 67



The Court of Two Sisters

613 Royal Street • 522-7261 •


430 Dauphine Street • 525-4455 • Join Bayona in celebrating 27 years with 27 cent Martinis, Lemondrops and Manhattans, and a $27 three-course lunch! The lunch includes soup or Bayona Salad, any entrée and ice cream or sorbet on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for a limited time only!

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The Court of Two Sisters serves a daily Jazz Brunch plus an à la carte Creole dinner nightly. Patrons enjoy dining in our spacious courtyard!


The Elms Mansion

3029 St. Charles Avenue • 895-9200 • The Elms Mansion and Gardens is a historic landmark built in 1869. We are locted in the Garden District at 3029 St. Charles Avenue. We are available for free self guide tours Tueday-Friday from 10am-2pm. Guided tours are available for larger groups. Please contact us for more information about our tour packages or to host an event.

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42700 Metairie Road • 934-4700 • Take your tastebuds on vacation…tiki-style! Cafe b is featuring a summer late night Tiki Happy Hour, Monday through Friday 8 pm ‘till! Enjoy 2 Tiki Cocktails and an Island Snack for $15 - full menu at 69

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Ace and the Louisiana Open Housing Act, which make it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. For more information, call the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-273-5718.

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Properties ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS

Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 5631 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road.....................SOLD...................$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place ......................SOLD...................$5,250,000 28 Audubon Place....................................................$5,200,000 16 Audubon Place ....................SOLD...................$4,500,000 1512 Lakeshore Blvd, Slidell..................................$4,500,000 1649 Joseph Street...................................................$4,200,000 295 Walnut Street .....................SOLD...................$3,990,000 8 La Salle Place .........................SOLD...................$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$3,000,000 1512 Seventh Street.................................................$2,850,000 525 Madison Street ..................SOLD...................$2,800,000 8 Rosa Park................................SOLD....................$2,490,000 1527 Sixth Street.......................SOLD...................$2,385,000 1776 State Street .......................SOLD...................$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ..............SOLD...................$2,300,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD .......$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD .......$2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .........SOLD...................$2,195,000 1938 State Street.......................SOLD....................$1,895,000 1414 Eleonore Street ..............................................$1,890,000 841 Barracks Street ..................SOLD...................$1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,850,000 7 Rosa Park................................SOLD...................$1,800,000 1518 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,750,000 15370 LA HWY 10 HY, St Francisville...............$1,700,000 1328 Felicity Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ....................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1800 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD...................$1,700,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .............................................$1,650,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue............SOLD...................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,625,000 19 Richmond Place ..................SOLD...................$1,575,000 1233 Second Street...................SOLD...................$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,595,000 6015 Prytania Street ................SOLD....................$1,497,500 4613 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,490,000

2507 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,490,000 6433 Paris Avenue ....................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1542 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1641 State Street.......................SOLD...................$1,425,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ......................SOLD...................$1,399,000 1203 Marengo Street ............... SOLD .................. $1,390,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street .....................SOLD...................$1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ................ SOLD ..................$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place .............................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1137 State Street ......................SOLD...................$1,295,000 6502 Woodwards Bluff, Long Beach, MS............$1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway ...........SOLD...................$1,275,000 622 Barracks Street ..................................................$1,250,000 1333 State Street ........UNDER CONTRACT ...$1,250,000 1207 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,250,000 234 Brockenbraugh Ct, Metairie......SOLD .........$1,235,000 571 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ....................SOLD...................$1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive.................SOLD...................$1,200,000 441 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,199,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD...................$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer ...................SOLD...................$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street ..................SOLD...................$1,075,000 1919 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd ..............SOLD...................$1,045,000 6031 Pitt Street ........................................................$1,045,000 1410 Philip Street ....................................................$1,000,000 3225 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,000,000 1022 Webster Street .................SOLD......................$995,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington...............................$990,000 1239 S Carrollton Avenue .........................................$950,000 21431 Bob’s Road, Long Beach, MS .......................$850,000 203 Sycamore Drive, Metairie...................................$807,000 18 Darby Court...........................................................$775,000 6864 Vicksburg Street..............SOLD......................$697,000 5421 St Charles Avenue #1B.....................................$450,000 71

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A Spirited “Rendezvous” The New Orleans Elks Lodge paid the debt on City Park in 1919 By Seale Paterson

Lodge No. 30 held a fundraiser to pay off the remaining debt on City Park. “The Elks’ Rendezvous” celebrated the history of New Orleans, the Fourth of July and the recent signing of the Treaty of Versailles in one grand pageant. A 5-cent admission provided access to a wealth of entertainment and spectacle. There were replicas of an Indian Village, the Old French Market and Congo Square, complete with mysterious Voodoo seeresses. Tulane University presented a historical pageant that had Sister St. Augustin, Evangeline, Jean Lafitte, Marquis de Lafayette, John Audubon, Casket Girls, the Baroness de Pontalba and more wandering around in unlikely pairs. The old Louisiana game of racquets, the “gentlemen’s roughhouse” sport – described as a combination of lacrosse, tennis and

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golf – was exhibited. The audience seemed unsure of the game, described thusly: “There is a ball and everyone tries to hit it at once, failing which he slams the man nearest to him, and is satisfied.” The “Corps de Pompiers de l’Opera Francais,” a volunteer firemen group formed in 1859 to help protect the French Opera House, set and put out “postage stamp-sized” fires throughout the day. Food was provided by then-famous restaurants, including Café des Refugees, Café Maumus and the Restaurant des Chenes Vertes. The Old Absinthe House was present, serving “the mildest absinthe on record.” This complimented the beer of “such an innocuous and innocent strength” that it resembled beer mostly in appearance only. An evening water pageant in the lagoon told the story of New Orleans through

watercraft, featuring women in period fashions being transported by 25 rowboats and 13 canoes, lit by 300 electric Japanese lanterns and three spotlights. The “Rendezvous” was called a grand success, described as “a dozen Mardi Gras rolled into one, with a Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Fourth of July celebration added.” The Elks raised $25,000, which was more than enough to pay the City Park debt. *All quotes from The Times-Picayune, 1919


Even though the Police Superintendent issued an ultimatum that no exhibition dueling would take place (for fear that “the call of old custom may be too strong” and some might take advantage of the opportunity to settle old scores for real), there were staged duels about every five minutes under the Dueling Oaks, with historic pistols and rapiers provided by the Louisiana State Museum. Nobody was injured, even though the battles were spirited.

Image Provided courtesy of The John T. Mendes Collectio n at Th e Historic New Orleans C olle ct ion, acc. n o. 2003.0182.215

On July 4, 1919, the New Orleans Elks