Popular Subjects in the Art of New Orleans

Though there is a myriad of wonderful subjects to choose from, some pop up again and again in the art of New Orleans, including in our online New Orleans art gallery. Here are some of the most common ones. Saint Louis cathedral in art St. Louis Cathedral is probably the most painted building in the city. It also happens to …

Ida Kohlmeyer, Iconic New Orleans painter

  Ida Kohlmeyer (1912 – 1997)  is now considered the most significant New Orleans painter of the modern period. Her larger canvases can bring up to around $80,000 even at auction. Early career Born to Polish immigrant parents, Ida Kohlmeyer matriculated at Newcomb College, which had become a nourishing birthplace for a resurgence in southern art beginning early in the …

Where to Find New Orleans Art Online

Because many people who love New Orleans don’t live in the city, they often search for where they can find New Orleans art online. And that can be a bit tricky. It’s easy enough to find the “touristy” sort of art – just look on eBay or search on Google and it pops up everywhere. So if you want a …

Visiting Art Galleries in New Orleans

Folks from out of town often ask for information about visiting art galleries in New Orleans. Here is a short guide to where I typically send them. Julia Row First is Julia Row. These are the toniest art galleries in New Orleans, showing contemporary art that is typically at a higher price point than other galleries in New Orleans. Some …

New Orleans French Quarter Art Galleries Trying to Survive Coronavirus

New Orleans’ French Quarter art galleries are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, as so many other businesses are. Most have closed their doors for now, as the trickle of people still out and around cannot drive a single sale. It remains to be see which ones will survive this ordeal. The New Orleans art world has been rocked from top …

New Orleans Art Icons: Knut Heldner and Colette Pope Heldner

Knut Heldner and Colette Pope Heldner have become icons of New Orleans art. This is not only because they painted scenes in and around New Orleans, but also because their story is a uniquely New Orleans art story. And of course, it is not often that a husband and wife are both painters who often paint in a similar style. …

Louisiana Art Galleries are Unique Among American Art Galleries

Louisiana art galleries are unique. True, art galleries around the United States often feature local character. But Louisiana is probably more distinctive than any other area of the country in its arts, simply because Louisiana and New Orleans are. And you can see this clearly on display in the galleries. Louisiana Art Galleries: Art and the Acadians The story of …

New Orleans Art Galleries Deserted During Coronavirus Crisis

New Orleans art galleries have taken a hard hit thus far in the coronavirus pandemic, and it doesn’t look to get better anytime very soon. Ironically, New Orleans Art Exchange had been looking for a possible location for a new gallery showing contemporary art of living artists just before the crisis. The timing couldn’t have been worses. Surviving coronavirus It …

Buying New Orleans Art Online

You might think it’s hard to find truly great New Orleans art online – not the tourist junk, but the real stuff. Even in times when there is no coronavirus around, it can be hard to buy the art of a city you love without actually going there. Millions of folks visit New Orleans each year, but most of the …

Paintings of New Orleans, Then and Now

Artists have been drawn to New Orleans since its early days, and paintings of New Orleans go all the way back to the early days.   However, there did not begin to be a significant number of New Orleans paintings until late in the 19th century. Even at that time, there were more etchings and drawings done, many for publications …