It doesn’t get much more fabulous than walking down the street, sipping on wine and leisurely stopping into see exquisite art exhibits at one gallery after another. This weekend is reserved for Art for Art’s Sake – one of New Orleans’ best and funnest art events. The art on display at local galleries is always superior year-round, but this Saturday belongs to the opening night shows of amazing artists from around the world. Though every venue participating in the art walk is sure to provide an intoxicating aesthetic experience, here are five must-see galleries at this year’s Art for Art’s Sake.
1. Octavia Art Gallery– This cute gallery taking over a yellow house on Magazine Street features paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture from artists around the country and the world. Saturday night, the gallery opens its door to Art for Art Sakers, offering tapas and cocktails from Baru and the Southern Gardens exhibit by artist Nail who will be there for brain picking and mingling. Nail shares his time between Fairhope, Alabama and the south of France, where he upholds the N.A.L.L. Art Association, a training institution for young artists. Southern Gardens presents works of floral and Louisiana Bayou mixed media designs as well as giclee prints.
2. Sibley Gallery – The Sibley Gallery on Magazine Street in the Garden District welcomes German artist Stefan Daiberl for ‘Repentance,’ his show opening on Art for Art’s Sake night. Stefan draws inspiration from creating order through chaos, incorporating such raw materials as ammunition and razor blades. Sibley Gallery houses a diverse selection of art from a variety of artists inside and outside Louisiana. Make it a stop on your Art for Art’s Sake route!
3. Guthrie Contemporary– In another artist’s reception on Saturday night in the Magazine Street Arts District, the Guthrie Contemporary Gallery holds Bernd Haussmann’s opening exhibit. The show entitled ‘The Space in Between’ is about unseen spaces that he brings to life through paintings. The German born artist lives and works in Maine where he derives the essence of his natural environment, interpreting it abstractly in his art. Enjoy ‘The Space Between’ with refreshments Saturday night.
4. Soren Christensen – The Soren Christensen Gallery on Julia Street in the Warehouse Arts District is a beautiful, somewhat industrial modern gallery. They have a fantastic array of paintings and installations from national and international contemporary artists. Currently on exhibit is Ed Smith’s ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’ – a beautiful collection of large scale wildlife and landscape paintings. Be sure stop by during Art for Art’s Sake!
5. Arthur Roger Gallery – The Arthur Roger gallery is a big, open beacon of art and one of the leaders in the New Orleans art scene. There are several wonderful openings Saturday night for Art for Art’s Sake. New Orleans artist Dave Greber unveils his “Peekaboo” video installation, John Waters premiers his “Catholic Sin” series of photographs and sculptures, Brooklyn artist Richard Baker shares his recent paintings of vintage book covers and nationally acclaimed artist James Drake presents a multi-media exhibit called ‘Red Drawings and White Cut-Outs.’ Come meet the artists and have a glass of wine while you take in the art!