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.
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 of the artists are locals, but most I’d say are not. Patrons of these galleries tend to include more out-of-towners than New Orleans art collectors.
Next is the French Quarter. Here you will find quite a mix of gallery types. Along Royal and Chartres streets you will see galleries with fine antiques and also antique art, mixed with galleries showing contemporary art, mostly by locals but some out of state. Some galleries in the French Quarter show art that is a bit cheesy, in my opinion. Cliché jazz and fleur de lis paintings, shabby Impressionism, that sort of thing. Tourist stuff. But others show very fine artists. So the Quarter is certainly worth allotting some time for.
Then there is Magazine Street. I myself owned a gallery there for 8 years. The galleries along Magazine Street are more scattered than concentrated. But it’s a great street to walk along, full of character, with coffee shops, unique stores and such. So you can put aside a day to cruise the sidewalks of Magazine Street and wander in to those galleries you come across. It’s a special side trip that you should try to squeeze in if you art visiting art galleries in New Orleans.
Remember that you can look at New Orleans art anytime by visiting my New Orleans Art Exchange online, as I always have a fine assortment of both classic and contemporary New Orleans art for sale!