31 December 2009

Daniel by Joe Iurato // Happy New Year!

Originally uploaded by .joe.

As we enter into the New Year, let us find hope that the world we are making today will be better for those that are growing behind us...

29 December 2009

25 December 2009


Happy Holidays!!


Tonight, I teach my daughters how to make and cut stencils...Ten to fifteen years, I expect them to do good things with these skills...

Hope the holidays have been good to everyone,

Rex and the CPK crew

21 December 2009

Bad Habits Die Young by PRIEST

Priest - Bad Habits Die Young - Screenprint

Priest has finally given us something you can give to your daughters as an example of how not to be...or how to be depending on your parenting skills...

A two-colored, hand-pulled screenprint on 80 lb paper that is signed and numbered by the artist. The dimensions of the piece are 17" X 28". And, if you're one of our brothers or sisters in Europe, that comes to 43cm X 71cm.

They are in an edition of fifty.

If you are interested, they are selling for $100 US Dollars... Shipping is $9 in the U.S. for Priority Mail and International folks have to pony up $20 (it cost more because you live further away)

If you don't get what you want for the holidays, get yourself one of these. Email Rex at dingler1109 [at] gmail.com and he'll give you the details...

17 December 2009

"Cocktails for A Cure"--Fundraiser for Susie Edwards

Start Time: Friday, December 18, 2009 at 7:00pm
End Time: Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 12:00am
Location: Fat Harry's
Street: 4330 Saint Charles Avenue
City/Town: New Orleans, LA

We are sad to report that Susan Edwards, a reporter at WWL since December 2007, is suffering from an aggressive form of liver cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

A fundraiser to help Susan with her considerable medical and travel expenses has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18 starting at 7 pm at Fat Harry's, 4330 St. Charles Avenue.

The night will feature a wide array of raffle and live auction items as well as music by the James Rivers Movement. We are encouraging all of our members and the general public to support Susan in this very critical time of need.

A bank account has been set up for donations, but the organizers of the event would truly appreciate a strong turnout for Susan on the 18th, as we rally together to support one of our own. Susan is only in her early 30s, and we want this night to be an event that truly makes a difference for her. Please feel free to spread the word about this event to your colleagues, family and friends.

To Donate: Go to any Capitol One Bank and donate to the: Susan A. Edwards Donation Fund. You can mail your check to: Capitol One Bank, 313 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Live Auction Items:
Autographed football signed by Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
Autographed and framed Reggie Bush Sports Illustrated
Basketball signed by the New Orleans Hornets
2 tickets to the Lakers/ Hornets Game (3/29/10)
Complete makeover From Salon Isbel
Drago's & Zea catered meal for you and 20 friends: Ribs, Oysters, & Zea Beer at the location of your choice
2 Tickets to the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Stephen Rue Painting
2 Night Stay @ The Degas House
Frank Davis Cookbooks & Seasoning Gift Basket
And more!

Raffle Items:
Dinner at La Crepe Nanou
Dinner at Cochon
Dinner at Cafe' Giovanni
Dinner at Andrea's
Whole Foods Market Gift Basket
Fat Harry's Gift Basket
Bar tab at The Rusty Nail
Bar tab at Pravda
2 tickets to remaining shows by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Nelson at rdnelson2000@ yahoo.com or Stephen Melancon at smelan6@ yahoo.com.

Happy Hour Kitty Art now on Magazine! Shop Local this Christmas

Long Time supporter of NoLA Rising, MissKitty, has sent us a message about where you can get her work. Check it out:

HappyHourKitty Art will be for sale, along with MillerFoto, at a new commissioned co-op opening on Magazine St. It's called FOUNDRY SQUARE and is in the 4300 Block of Magazine St. (across the street from 2nd District Police Station).

“Grand Opening” was December 12th. I will have my unique, one-of-a-kind mixed-media and assemblage collage creations available, along with MillerFoto framed New Orleans prints.

I signed a lease for 3 months, and we will see how it goes. Please keep your fingers crossed for me that I sell at least enough to pay the rent! LOL!!



15 December 2009

Project 2010 at Ashe Cultural Arts Center - Thursday, December 17th


(New Orleans, LA) New Orleans’ Cultural Ambassador Irvin Mayfield, and Luther Gray, the head of the Congo Square Foundation will join with members of the cultural political action committee Project 2010 to distribute funds raised for local artists in need of urgent healthcare. The presentation will take place at a holiday celebration at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on Thursday, December 17th, from 6 to 8 PM.

Ailing local musicians, Marva Wright, Lady BJ, Big Chief Bo Dollis, J.D. Hill, and Humberto “Pupi” Menez will receive money raised at Irvin Mayfield and Project 2010’s “Cultural Renaissance” rally held at the House of Blues on Thanksgiving Eve.

The event will also celebrate the collective efforts of artists and workers in the cultural industry over the past year as they have focused on the challenges faced by the city in 2010 and beyond. The groups Bamboula 2000, Irvin Mayfield, and Ron Markham will perform.

In issuing an invitation to artists, musicians and cultural workers, Irvin Mayfield thanked the performers who participated in the House of Blues event (Amanda Shaw, Bamboula 2000, the Pinettes Brass Band, the Wild Magnolias, Shamarr Allen, the Hot 8 Brass Band, George Porter, Jr., Art Neville, June Gardner, Trombone Shorty) and important leaders of the cultural and tourism industries who also participated in the gala. (Jay Wiegel, Contemporary Arts Center; Actor and Simpson’s creator Harry Shearer; Dan Packer, New Orleans Aviation Board Chair; and noted political guru, James Carville).

14 December 2009

Boone Speed x Joe Iurato x Ivan Greene - NAU SOHO SHOW! (NYC)

Boone Speed x Joe Iurato x Ivan Greene - NAU SOHO SHOW!

As if SoHo during the Holidays wasn't a good enough reason to come NYC...

I'd like to invite you to join us at NAU NYC on Thursday evening, December 17th for the opening of a collaborative installation by Boone Speed and myself titled "Waste Not, Want Not". The installation, which will feature Boone's photography and my stencil and spray paint art, will be shown in the gallery of NAU's pop-up store on Mercer Street in the heart of SoHo. Ivan Greene will be performing live music throughout the reception, and beer, wine and refreshments will be served.

If you live in the area or are planning on being in NYC, please come by and see us. It'll be a fun evening.

The Annual 7th Ward Neighborhood Center Toy Drive

The Annual 7th Ward Neighborhood Center Toy Drive

On December 17th, 2009 the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center will host its Annual Toy drive and Giveaway.

As part of the community building efforts in the 7th Ward we are gearing up for our 4th Annual Toy Drive. This year we are teaming up with some of our New Orleans Saints Players, Sony Music, Hugs Ministries, Dillard University, and University of New Orleans Upward Bound program. The 7th Ward Neighborhood Center is a 501© non-profit organization supported by Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans. The annual Toy Drive event is a community building initiative event that brings the holiday spirit to a community in need.

Contact at following address:

7th Ward Neighborhood Center
1910 Urquhart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

12 December 2009

The Front - December 12th, 2009

The Front on St. Claude sends us info about their December Opening

The Front • 4100 St. Claude Avenue • New Orleans, LA 70117 • Saturday - Sunday 12 to 5 pm. www.nolafront.org The Front is an
artist-run collective that focuses on the development of contemporary art in New Orleans through exhibitions and community-based projects.

December 12- January 3
Opening reception: Saturday December 12th, 6-10pm

Roadhouse is a collection of artists from here in New Orleans as well as visiting artist Thomas Riess from Vienna, Austria. The show is made up of paintings and mixed media prints with works from Kathy Rodriguez, Matthew Kirscht, Jeff Rinehart and Natalie Sciortino.

This show highlights the life and work of Maria Lovullo (1961 – 2009). A tremendously talented and prolific artist, this exhibition of past and recent work includes a rich array of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and footage from her performance pieces. Her most recent body of work will be exhibited for the first time here. Also available at the gallery will be a comprehensive catalog of her life's work.

Born in Buffalo, NY, on June 24, 1961, Maria earned a bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York College at Purchase and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was an exhibiting artist who had worked as a gallery director and a film–set decorator when she moved to Louisiana in 1990. While in Lafayette, she was a director at the Lafayette Art Gallery, a board member of the Artist Alliance, and continued to exhibit her work.

In New Orleans, Ms. LoVullo was the print shop director for Young Artists/Young Aspirations, (YA/YA), and an instructor for the Contemporary Arts Center. She led workshops at the children’s “hands–on” tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for many years. In 1999, she taught printmaking to Mid–City children and their parents by having them turn discarded paper products into works of art. “By looking at a specific –a piece of trash– and transforming it into a useful or beautiful thing, the individual builds self–esteem,” she said at the time. “It is also an exercise in responsibility, thoughtfulness and patience.”

In 2002, while teaching in St. Charles Parish, Ms. LoVullo was selected by the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program for a study tour program in Japan. In 2005, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck, she and her family evacuated to Lafayette, LA, where she helped to create the Talented Arts Program within the Lafayette Parish School System. Upon returning to returning to New Orleans, Ms. LoVullo joined the faculty at Ben Franklin High School and continued to exhibit her work, including her ceramic sculptures in 2008 at The Big Top gallery in New Orleans.

In his essay: "How Little I Know," Buckminster Fuller states that: ... the human brain only waveringly Steers man through constant change. That we are all essential functions of the universe and live in an "exquisite syntropy" of actions and experiences that support as well as undermine each other. Using candies, food and other temporal substances, I've been exploring a slight paraphrase of Fuller's idea in a number of site specific installations each entitled This is All I Know. For the front I have placed on the grounds of the gallery chocolate letters that spell out the phrase. These letters are not meant for human consumption and will eventually dissolve and melt away until only a slight stain is left behind.



Best wishes from The Front,

Members of The Front include:

Kyle Bravo
Andrea Ferguson
Rachel Jones & Julie Pieri
Morgana King
Jenny LeBlanc
Jennifer Odem
Stephanie Patton
Claire Rau
Megan Roniger
Ann Schwab
Natalie Sciortino & Jeff Rinehart
Jonathan Traviesa


Please visit our website at www.nolafront.org

Check out www.scadnola.com for other awesome openings and events in the St Claude Arts District.

09 December 2009

NoLA Rising Toys for Tots Reminder! THIS FRIDAY...

This Friday, NoLA Rising, in cooperatation with the United States Marine Corps and the Tipitina's Foundation, is hosting a Toys for Tots toy drive at the Uptown Tipitina's...

From 11 a.m. until... we will continue to trade you a piece of artwork for a brand new toy in a box. Once we run out of art, that'll be it...though the lovely Crista Rock will be on sight to paint while the event is going on. If you're an artist living in New Orleans, we'll gladly accept a donation the day of too...

Come join us and help us celebrate!!!

01 December 2009



ART BURN, the most combustible art show in the world, will combine an international selection of original art with fire. Original works on canvas, wood and paper by a selection of more than three dozen international artists will be displayed and then flambeed in Miami on the evening of Thursday, December 3, 2009 at sunset. The exhibition/grilling, curated by NYC artist El Celso, will take place in the Wynwood Arts District, within walking distance of Miami's lesser contemporary art fairs.

An exclusive selection of more than three dozen exceptional pieces by the hottest renowned artists and sizzling, cutting-edge newcomers will be displayed from 1pm until sundown. After the brief exhibition, all of these original works will be burned for the public's viewing pleasure. Nothing is for sale.

We will be exhibiting and burning new works by: Stikman / El Celso / Aurora Robson / infinity / Nick Fortunato / Skewville / Jayne Surrena / Darkcloud / Fabian Pena / Elbow-Toe / Rex Dingler / LA II / Royce Bannon / Leonardo Furtado (Brazil) / Rednose / Gore-B / Buildmore / Abe Lincoln Jr. / Cake / Paul Kostabi / Ellis-G / Jeannete Vidalia / 2esae / Avoid Pi / Stefano Pasquini (Italy) / Keely / Destroy & Rebuild / Veng / F. Trainer / Ski / Joanne Mattera / Deeker / Sam Horine / Avone / Die Dose (Germany) / Billi Kid / Evelyn Metzger / Robots Will Kill / Adam Vincentz /
Garrison Buxton (Peripheral Media Projects)/ Michael DeFeo / James A. Willis / Dalva / Kristina Maria Lopez / Hargo / Ray Bradbury & very special guests TBA

Visit http://www.lastias.com the best upscale resale gallery in Miami and official exhibition sponsor of ART BURN

2834 N. Miami Ave.

Duration and opening hours
Thursday, December 3, 2009
One day only from 1pm to sunset.

Media Reception
Thursday, December 3, 2009
5pm to sunset

ART BURN Miami is the toastiest hot spot for the international art world. We look forward to burning for you at ART BURN Miami 2009.


27 November 2009

NoLA Rising Teams With Tipitina's and the US Marine Corps for Toys for Tots IYTI Art Exchange

Soul Glo Toys For Tots Official Flyer - NoLA Rising Event

NoLA Rising announces it's Second Annual Toy Drive for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. In coordination with It's Yours, Take It (an online Flickr group/collaboration), NoLA Rising has teamed with the Soul Rebels and DJ SoulSister for a SoulGlo Christmas Jam at Tipitina's.

On Friday, December 11th, from 11 a.m. until whenever, we will have art available to swap you for a brand new (unwrapped) toy in a box. Now, this is while art supplies last. Come by Tipitina's Uptown at 501 Napoleon Avenue throughout the day...or come by that night for the SoulGlo Christmas Jam...

We'll see you there!

For more information on It's Yours, Take It, see HERE

22 November 2009

Rex Salutes Everyone Who Came Out for the Art Show at Coup D'Oeil

Hungry Broke and Famous
Howdy Everyone-

As we go into the last week of my art show, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out and supported the show whether it was through purchasing art or by coming out for the opening and enjoying the birthday celebration. I truly appreciate it.

For anyone who hadn't made it out yet, Coup D'Oeil (2033 Magazine in the LGD) will be open through this coming Saturday (barring Turkey Day), 10:30 to 6 p.m. and also by appointment with Ken Capone at 504-722-0876.

So far, we've sold approximately 40% of the show and are looking forward to continuing the success this week. Again, thank you all so much for your support and I look forward to bringing you fun shows in the future.

All best,
NoLA Rising

WAR Close-Up

18 November 2009

Joe Iurato Takes that :01 Second to Sunday Night Football on NBC

Joe Iurato keeps doing amazing things...and just when you think he can't out-do himself, here comes Joe on NFL's Sunday Night Football on NBC. For the Colts / Patriots Game, Joe cut three unique stencils for the game. Naturally, our favorite stencil was New Orleans' very own Peyton Manning (even though he plays for the Colts instead of the Saints). Check out this video and the words below...

From :01

I did some artwork for the Indianapolis Colts Vs. New England Patriots game which was aired on NBC's Sunday Night Football, November 15th 2009.
I was asked to create 3 multi-layer stencils Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and the SNF Logo. Theyd be used for a short piece the producers were calling Quarterbacks Of The Decade. The piece would be shown several times throughout game, mostly as transitions during highlight reels and replay TD passes. I spray painted the stencils on acetate so NBC could photograph them against a green screen and combine them with computer generated effects in the final cut. I sent a final composite along with each individual layer sprayed on its own sheet of acetate so they could also be shot separately - this allowed the images to rebuild themselves quickly on screen.

17 November 2009

Support Wally & Lower Mid-City New Orleans

Support Wally & Lower Mid-City New Orleans
Originally uploaded by New Orleans Lady

Support Wally & Lower Mid-City New Orleans

Celebrate "Wally Fest"
Saturday, 11/21/2009
300 South Tonti Street
Lower Mid-City
New Orleans, Louisiana



LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED 24hrs BEFORE OPENING on www.inspirecollective.blogspot.com

This year's ReUse Project 3 includes the cooperation of over 100 independent public artists (local and international). The art activist exhibition hopes to raise global awareness of abandoned and neglected spaces, by reusing one abandoned location in central Tel Aviv-Yafo and broadcasting the art show to international media sources and around the world via the internet. INSPIRE Collective is proud to present ReUse Project 3 PREVIEWS HERE:

Want to be in the know? Join our middle east public art mailing list by sending us an email with "Public Art Mail List Please" in the title to: inspirecollective@gmail.com or to received regular updates about EVERYTHING we're up to, simply subscribe to us on www.inspirecollective.blogspot.com

12 November 2009

Artist Inc participating in New Orleans Fringe Festival

Artist Inc. participates with the New Orleans Fringe Festival with
Un Route ~ an old fashioned, new world, troubadours rolling into town show.
A variety of artists gather for a multimedia, cabaret, performance art extravaganza ~ including theater, dance, film, circus, music, burlesque, magic, fire, visual art installations, audience participation and a throw down party!

Un Route, produced by Artist Inc, in participation with the New Orleans Fringe Festival, sponsored by Michalopoulos, Old New Orleans Rum, Abita Beer, Lucid Absinthe and the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association, will be presented on November 14th, doors open at 9pm so audiences may view the visual art installations before the show starts, show begins at 10pm, at the Michalopoulos Studio, 527 Elysian Fields between Charters and Decatur streets.

Tickets are only $7, plus $3 Fringe Fest button.

For more information on the full Fringe Fest line-up, see http://www.artistinc.org/events.html

11 November 2009

A Thank You Note

Best Bite on NoLA Rising yet...

Friends and Extended Family-

Ordinarily the site of the above sticker may have solicited some short-sighted response from me, but alas, I think it's kinda great. Someone cares enough to take a bite at the NoLA Rising Family. Welcome to the club, get your membership card at the back of the room.

However, I'm not writing to blast anyone for their humor or jealousy today, but to say thank you all who came out to the opening Saturday night. I hope that there was entertainment enough for everyone. For opening night, we officially cashed a case of champagne, two cases of wine, twelve plus cases of beer and various bottles and sundries that came our way. In the end, fifteen or so pieces sold, we got to see the lovely Bella Blue perform her Bring Out the Clowns number, and enjoyed the tasty treats of Melissa Levine and Andrea Butson while listening to DJ Stress. According to a knowledgeable source and an avid counter of things, we had about 250 people throughout the night. Most importantly, however, is that everyone got to have fun and pass a good time.

Again, Rex salutes everyone who came to support and who voiced support from afar. It has always been humbling how supportive our community of friends and artists have been and I appreciate that. Thank you all again!

The show will remain up through November 28th for anyone who didn't get out on the opening night. The gallery (Coup D'Oeil) is open by appointment and also from 1030 to 6, Wednesday thru Saturday and from 1-6 on Sundays. To see more of the show, CLICK HERE


05 November 2009


P.O. Box 52316 ♦ New Orleans, LA 70152


Rex Dingler believes that the will of the people is the force of life and that philosophy follows into his upcoming exhibit, The Dinglerization of America. Heralded as the street artist who founded NoLA Rising, a project that delivered messages of hope across New Orleans in post-Katrina months, Rex quickly spread his message of renewal, rebirth and faith to over 30 countries.

Rex now presents the Dinglerization of America, a unique show of paintings and sketches that deliver insight into his philosophy of art as a facilitator of social justice. This body of work is an urban commentary meant to engage the viewer with cityscapes while advocating reflection of the soul of a city.

The pieces for the show are a departure from the mediums that Mr. Dingler has used in the past and is a marked change in style and form. His use of oil is an organic approach that combines elemental designs with detailed pattern scratching to reveal the concealed under-painting. The patterns scratched into the cityscapes reveal the unique individuality and architecture of the buildings, while indicating the personal symbology of the artist. Each painting has alternating patterns that hold symbols, words and cryptic messages.

The opening will be at Coup D’ Oeil Art Consortium at 2033 Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District on Sautrday, November 7th from 6 to 10 p.m.

As part of the opening, there will be a collaborative video installation by Crista Rock, burlesque performance by Bella Blue of Fleur de Tease, and interactive food installation by northshore artist Melissa Levine and music by DJ Stress.

Hope to see you there...


Dinglerization Magazine Ad

02 November 2009

Big Bang Theory - November 6th at HI-HO!

In gearing up for the birthday weekend from HELL, on Friday, November 6th, this is where you'll find the crew partying the night before the art show...

The 2nd installment of Big Band Theory- the audio visual psychadelic experienct brought to you by New Orleans photographer/musician Zack Smith and 3D art pioneer Heidi Domangue - please come and spread the good word!!

The Big Bang Theory II

Monika H Band featuring Simon Lott (NY/NOLA)
Metronome the City (NOLA)

Custom "Spin-Art" Machine
3D Interactive Art Installation by artist Heidi Domangue
Visual Projections by Zack Smith


Friday, November 6th
The Hi Ho Lounge
2239 St. Claude Ave.

Some information on NY composer, musician, and rocking Monika H :

"Seriously gifted vocalist-composer Monika Heidemann, a jazzer with the heart of a rocker (or is it the other way around?), celebrates the release of her new CD, Disguised as Umbrellas, We Slept, which includes a whole faceful of new songs that combine literate verse, smart attitude and punchy psychedelic-rock textures." -Time Out NY, 10/22/08

"Humor and gloom stroll hand in hand on Monika Heidemann's new album, Disguised As Umbrellas, We Slept. Heidemann works her incantatory magic within a limited yet compelling vocal range, and she's smart enough to get out of the way and let her excellent band -- which includes members of Charlie Hunter's and Me'Shell NdegeOcello's groups -- explore spacier regions of the prog-jazz continuum." - Villiage Voice, 10/17/08

MUSIC - http://www.myspace.com/monikahband

INTVW w/ URB ALT (ny) - http://urbalt.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2151229%3ABlogPost%3A48861&xgs=1

24 October 2009

NoLA Rising Presents: The Dinglerization of America ... Art and Performances...

NoLA Rising presents the Dinglerization of America - Nov 7th
NoLA Rising Presents...


...Not as intrusive as the Beatles' British Invasion and a helluva lot friendlier than the storming of Normandy...

On Saturday, November 7th, NoLA Rising presents "The Dinglerization of
America" at Coup D'oeil (2033 Magazine Street).

Private Reception from 4-6, Opening from 6-10. Nov 7th.

Artwork by Rex Dingler
Performance by Bella Blue
Video Installation by Crista Rock
Music by DJ Stress
White Trash Eats by Melissa Levine

***Also a birthday celebration for Rex...no presents required unless
your bringing 12 Year Jameson***



Fwd: Dinglerization_flyer

19 October 2009

ARTOBERFEST! at National Art and Hobby!


National Art and Hobby, Deutsches Haus, and NoLA Rising team up to raise money for Children's Hospital of New Orleans.

On Saturday, October 24th, National Art and Hobby will have a block party on the Eleonore side of the business with food and drinks and a live art demonstration.

All proceeds from the art store that day will go to support our local Children's Hospital.

Please join us on Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 2pm-5pm
Usual Business hours for National Art and Hobby 10 am - 530 pm

5835 Magazine Street

14 October 2009

AME 72 - Believe in Yourself and Others Will Believe in You Too

Rex salutes AME 72 who just recently had a solo show in Tel Aviv. "Let's Go" opened last Thursday with some bad-ass Lego themed artwork. To see photos of the exhibition, CLICK HERE

For more pics of AME 72 (taken by our brother INSPIRE), CLICK HERE

12 October 2009

It's Yours, Take It Call for Art for NoLA Rising Toys for Tots drive

NoLA Rising is making a call for art for It's Yours, Take It, NoLA 3

In the past, we've done an on the street IYTI for general passers-by and an indoor IYTI intended to raise toys for the last holiday season. This year, we'd like to continue that tone and have an IYTI where people can bring brand new toys in a box for a piece of art. The toys will then be donated to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program for their annual toy distribution.

I encourage a free and open theme to allow you the freedom to work as you wish, so no set themes

This year, the work deadline will be Monday, December 7th because I plan on holding the open air event on December 11th in collaboration with a music show expecting high attendance. The music will be by the SoulRebels and DJ SoulSister at Tipitina's.

We'll be holding a paint party at Fringe Festival in the side yard at XO Studios (2833 Dauphine) on November 15th to add to the collection for the toy drive!

Anyone interested, pls email me...

Thanks for helping to make another successful IYTI!

For more info, see FLICKR GROUP IYTI

11 October 2009

Jay and Kendra's Wedding Bash!

Jay and Kendra's Badass Public Reception

Jay and Kendra's Wedding Bash!!!

featuring the music of:
Secret Assholes


10 p.m.

One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse Street
(in da Quarters)
***If you haven't been to too many cool weddings this year, come to this show and pretend like you have friends like this***
Jay and Kendra's Badass Public Reception
Poster design by Steve Whatstyle...

08 October 2009

Elysian Fleas presented by Artist Inc - October 11th

Elysian Fleas Brings Magic (& a Magician) to New Marigny Market

October 11 debut spotlights creative Halloweenery, Oktoberfest oom-pah-pahs, a sleight-of-mind street magician, string troubadours and plenty of fab vintage bargains & art...

Great news, vintage mavens and NOLA arts appreciators! A new outdoor market with old world charm is opening in the heart of Faubourg Marigny, where Elysian Fleas offers a spicy New Orleans mix of vintage merch, upcycled fashions, fine jewelry, arts and crafts; delicious food and drink; and outrageous live entertainment.

Presented by Artist Inc, and sponsored by Old New Orleans Rum, Abita Beer and the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association, Elysian Fleas launches October 11 in the shady, tree-lined courtyard next to Michalopoulos Studio at 527 Elysian Fields on the corner of Chartres St. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm.

Miss Claudia and her Biergartners roll out the barrel to celebrate Oktoberfest at the debut market, which also features the sleight-of-mind illusions of street magician Mark Faulkner and the old-timey string music of wandering troubadours The Picklers with Tom Marron and Daron Douglas.

With Halloween on the horizon, seasonal spirits will also be out in force. Shoppers can play dress-up with one-of-a-kind costumes, masks and headdresses from High Bohemia, Howlpop, Avant Garbe, New Orleans Masks, Ann Marie Popko and other fashionistas, including Cree-ations' 2009 line of Vampire Cocktail Couture.

Organized by flea queen Cree McCree, author of Flea Market America, Elysian Fleas features vendors selling everything from used & rare books, antique furniture and retro-chic clothes to second line umbrellas, urban folk art and handmade soaps.

Shoppers can get their nosh on with sweet & spicy pecans, homemade ice cream and Beaucoup NOLA snowballs; sip hand-pressed Cane Elysée sugar cane juice spiked with Old New Orleans Rum; and chase Woody's famous fish tacos with a cold Abita beer. Also on the menu: Moroccan cuisine, Crepes a la Carte and spicy XXX Catering.

"I'm really excited to have all these terrific creative people, vintage vendors and outdoor chefs in the same spot," says McCree, whose local career dates back to the legendary Mermaid Flea Market. "We couldn't ask for a better location, which allows us to draw in tourists as well as locals. And the funky mix of merch is perfect for the Marigny."

So is the funky mix of live entertainment.

"The old world European village flea markets are the inspiration behind Elysian Fleas," says Artist Inc.'s Reese Johanson, who runs the Salon and Un Route cabaret at the Blue Nile. "Merchants and buvette (food and drink area), yes of course, but it wouldn’t be complete without the colorful troubadours rolling through to entertain the villagers."

Elysian Fleas continues with holiday markets on November 21 and December 19. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm.

For more information, and to inquire about vending, contact creemccree @ gmail.com

28 September 2009

Peyton Manning by Joe Iurato

Peyton (Commission)
Originally uploaded by .joe.
Peyton Manning may not play for the Saints, but he's still one of New Orleans' favorite sons. Joe Iurato has done an amazing commission of Peyton. Enjoy!

22 September 2009

Quote of the Day by Chris McCandless (a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp)

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."

— Chris McCandless

Call for Art for Atlanta's Enjoy Art Design Group for Intervention Programs



for children and youth at risk


The SILENT AUCTION for Enjoy Art Design Group, Inc.’s creative intervention program, ArtReach, is an evening Art Benefit complete with live music entertainment and refreshments. This event is essential to raising funds for Enjoy Art’s Programs and Services to Atlanta community and municipal organizations working on behalf of children and youth who live in Empowerment Zone neighborhoods.


Effective community youth organizations help youth to beat the odds of early pregnancy and juvenile delinquency. Research indicates that one of the most effective ways to reduce children’s risk is to bond with positive, pro-social family members, teachers, or other significant adults. Arts programs have been particularly successful at attracting youth because they allow an atmosphere conducive to bonding and learning positive standards of behaviors while allowing youth to receive the positive attention from others that they crave. The research shows that arts integrated learning goes beyond the basics and test scores, and that it encourages students to become better thinkers, develop higher order skills, and deepen their inclination to learn.

Realizing the critical need for an organized art program for teens in Atlanta, in 1995 Fulton County Juvenile Courts created Art At Work, a program that employs teens, but they are limited to 20-25 participants each year (ages 14-16 years old). In 2007, Enjoy Art formed ArtReach, a creative intervention program that works with children and youth from grades K-12, and has partnered with Families First Group Homes, The Study Hall at Emmaus House, Operation Peace, AFPL Public Libraries, and served average of 60 youth each week in 2007. In November of last year ArtReach became an approved provider for Juvenile Courts Clients. However, more funding is needed to provide paid Staff, classroom/studio space, and equipment to expand our services.


Artists from the community are donating and contributing artwork to be auctioned to help the cause. These include International Artist- Marco Razo, 'YOUR NAME HERE', Maximo Pizarro, Cynthia Streater, Inobe, L-, and more to come. Paintings produced by teens and children in ArtReach Workshops in Atlanta during the fall of 2009 will also be auctioned to help raise funds at this event. A Form for Art Submissions is attached should you decide to particpate. Please complete and reply to latesia@enjoyartdesign.org and copy to: myarthouse@aol.com. Feel free to pass this information to other Artists. The deadline is November 1, 2009.


SATURDAY DECEMBER 5th, 2009 8pm-9pm – Open Bidding and repeating slideshow of EADG Activities 9pm- 9:15pm – Introduction/Welcome-Emcee and Enjoy Art Staff 9:15pm-9:20pm – Slideshow of Enjoy Art Impact (and Needs) 9:20pm-9:40pm – Guest Speaker- Beatrice Copeland, Program Director/The Study Hall 9:40-9:55 –Recognition of Artists and Introduction of Event Entertainment 9:55pm-10:30pm – Inobe Performance 10:30pm-10:45pm – Giveaways & Donor Recognition 10:45pm- 11:00pm – Thank You, and Event Close

18 September 2009

Save Charity Hospital Concert

All Charity Hospital babies and supporters are invited to join us at the Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St.) on September 19th at 8PM for a huge benefit concert featuring the Low Rider Band, DJ Captain Charles, Tony Hall, Raymond Weber, John Gros, Ian Neville, and additional special guests...

September 19th, 2009 is a significant day and not just because there's an amazing musical line-up. It is the fourth anniversary of the shuttering of Charity Hospital without the legislative approval required by law. The decision to close Charity Hospital at that time remains a huge setback for our city.

Contrary to the claims of state officials, Charity Hospital was not destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In fact, teams of doctors, nurses, and military personnel from the U.S.S. Iwo Jima worked around the clock to scrub the hospital clean so that it was ready to receive patients on the day it was shut down.

Click here for photos of the hospital's condition on the day of its closure.

The concert on September 19th will not only help sustain the grassroots and financial momentum of the Save Charity Hospital movement, but will provide another opportunity to fill out more postcards to our City Council reiterating our long-standing requests: An independent side-by-side cost benefit analysis of the two competing hospital proposals, the official hearings before the City Planning Commission and City Council required by law, and the inclusion of an evaluation of the hospital proposals within the ongoing master planning process.

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11 September 2009

INSPIRE & Xadalu (in Brasil)

City One Minutes at ANTENNA GALLERY - New Orleans

Antenna Gallery at 3161 Burgundy Street presents CITY ONE MINUTES, a series of one minute films by:

Alesondra Davis
Rex Dingler
Andrea Dupree
Marsha Ercegovic
Mike Johnson
Ken Kenan
Janneke Kupfer
Ken McCarthy
Lala Rascic
Vava Stojandinovic
Nanthanjan Van Dijk
Tom Varisco

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 12th, 2009, 6-9 pm
Viewing availanle Sept 4th - Oct 4th 12-5pm or by appointment

A member of St. Claude Arts District

05 September 2009


Tony Nozero has been making the rounds lately and the folks here at NoLA Rising are glad to see him at one of our favorite new venues, Coup d'oeil Art Consortium on Magazine Street (almost right across from Juan's Flying Burrito). Come join us!. See y'all tonight at Tony's show...7 pm...

NoLA Rising

04 September 2009

The Magnificent Seven - Galerie Gigi

The Magnificent Seven at Galerie Gigi, Saturday, September 5th at 6 p.m.

"The Magnificent 7 features New Orleans Artists who articulate figurative relations in their work", explains curator Terrence Sanders. "New Orleans has a strong tradition of draftsman who are rooted in the practice of drawing and painting. These young draftsman featured in this exhibition are the not so distant cousins of Dali, Van Gogh, Basquiat, and even Alex Katz." While the figure is a powerful tool for the artists, each piece articulates its message through a diverse range of techniques and processes. "New Orleans is fast growing into a Contemporary Art hub" explains Sanders, "but will never in my opinion lose it's influence on new painters that explore the representational aspects of the human figure."

The artists include Blaine Capone, Colin Meneghini, Anthony Carriere, Tony Nozero, Bruce Davenport, Steve Soltis and Chad Moore.

WHO: Group exhibition featuring 7 local artists
WHAT: "The Magnificent 7" art exhibition
WHEN: September 5th - October 1st, Opening Reception Sept. 5th at 6PM
WHERE: Galerie Gigi, 627 St. Peter (In the Quarter between Royal and Chartres)

For more info, pls CLICK HERE

03 September 2009


Fwd: Squid Invasions, this Saturday!!

Annie Walker exhibits her Squid Invasions at Cafe Envie for the month of September with an opening this Saturday (September 5th) at 8 p.m.

Cafe Envie is at 1241 Decatur in the L. French Quarter

02 September 2009

Burlesque 101 :: Student Showcase II :: Allways Lounge

Fwd: Burlesque 101 Student Showcase

Just wanted to give a head's up that this Thursday, September 3rd is the 2nd Burlesque 101 Student Showcase. It's at the Allways Lounge--2240 St. Claude Ave--at 9pm. Cost is $5 at the door. Come check out some of the newest burlesque in the city and see what these girls are really learning in class;)

29 August 2009

How I Will Celebrate Katrina’s Four Year Anniversary


Today is such a hallowed day in New Orleans and when asked by a friend how I would celebrate the anniversary of Katrina, I thought…what cause for celebration is there? This day isn’t just about what happened on this one day in history, but the culmination of all of our worst fears and life experiences that followed as a result. I don't see it as a celebration of a day, but the memory of a series of experiences and emotional occurrences.

In New Orleans, it wasn’t just the hurricane, but the resulting failures of the burdened and aging levee system and the subsequent failures of leadership. It was the emotional duress we endured internally and the apathy we experienced from externally. It was the loss of friends and family during the floods, and the loss of those who couldn’t go on after it…be it by suicide or overdose.

I cannot even comprehend the road I took in the last four years. I can look back and try and recall the various paths I have taken, but I cannot really see it as a complete whole. I made many bad decisions, drove loved ones away from me, and turned down many dark roads until all I had left was my city. In that reckless abandon and in a way you can only do in New Orleans, I found my redemption wandering her streets at night.

After destroying myself to feel the way my city looked, I finally realized the beauty that was New Orleans. It’s not in her over-described oak trees or her detailed architecture, but in the resilience of her people. It’s in the faith of a good time coming and the joy of a good time passed.

The architecture, the art, the food, the music…these are the expressions of a free spirited people that make our city culturally wealthy. I embraced those expressions before, but didn’t understand that its wealth came from the people. Despite having lived here my entire life, I didn’t get that until the storm and the many, many months that have followed.

Though we experienced troubles, evils and illnesses, we did get to see the inherent good in man. Regular people came from all over the country and the world to care, to lend a helping hand, and share their strength when we were weak. It has matured me and I trust it has also matured many of you.

Those of us who survived and stayed to rebuild our lives and our home, have been made stronger by it. We have learned that life is shorter than we expect and have embraced it with a greater ferocity. We’ll eat dessert first, have another drink with a friend and hug each other a little tighter. On such days as this, though, we recall with great pains our individual and collective struggle.

To those we lost, our promise to you is that we will continue to be a city of pirates and swashbucklers, of lovers and dreamers, of Catholic priests and voodoo priestesses. We might appear as the good, the bad and the ugly to many who don’t understand our ways, but we are also the balanced, the fun and the full of life!

Today, President Barack Obama eulogized the spirit of the Senator Kennedy and, in so doing, wasn’t able to schedule an appearance for Hurricane Katrina. While I believe President Obama has a moral duty by his own words to honor our struggle as a people, I can think of no better reason not to visit our city than the passing of Senator Kennedy. In that eulogy, I found hope in the words and related them to the strong spirit of the people of New Orleans:

“We cannot know for certain how long we have here. We cannot foresee the trials or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We cannot know God's plan for us.

What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world, so that someday, if we are blessed with the chance to look back on our time here, we can know that we spent it well; that we made a difference; that our fleeting presence had a lasting impact on the lives of other human beings.”

In the end, I will celebrate as a New Orleanian should. I will celebrate my friends who have returned and still fight the specters of the past. I will celebrate the many new faces who have come to New Orleans not to take from it her riches, but to lend their positive spirit to the greater whole. I will celebrate those who come to gawk at our history and drink on our streets, enjoying the freedoms we take for granted in this city. Rex raises his glass to you all!

Ultimately, I will celebrate by offering forgiveness to those who I believe have slighted our city, who have stolen from her coffers, and have made irreverent gains from the suffering of her people. I forgive George W. Bush for the ineptitude of his leadership and those under him for their failings. I forgive the modern day carpet-baggers who have come to be known as disaster profiteers. I forgive those who squandered our opportunity to build a better New Orleans and failed to right the ailments of our city, deciding instead to return to business as usual.

While I forgive them, I will not forget them nor make excuses for their actions or behaviors. I forgive them not to ease their conscience, but to ease my own. I forgive them not to ease their way for greater plunder, but to allow me the clarity of vision to carry out my own dreams for a better city. I forgive so that I can let go of the past and move toward a better tomorrow, hopefully leaving behind the waterlines of misery that this storm had wrought.

And, that…that is my celebration today…

NoLA Rising


28 August 2009

Silent Dynamism - Works by Karina Wisniewska


Paintings by Karina Wisniewska

Please join us for a reception with the artist

Saturday, August 29, 6 - 8 pm

"Can stillness be moving? Doesn't stillness just remain still? Restful and at rest. The companions of silence are immutability, the eternal, the echoless. But even if silence is in motion, as in the pictures of Karina Wisniewska, order never runs out of control. When the body of silence flows, its tissue stretches and breathes; as its structure calls forth a resonance, it can sound a hum. Like cells of a honeycomb. Like the wind when it strokes the beach and the sand corrugates, these panels conquer space and form a body of work obeying its own laws in an equilibrium of stillness and movement."

Karina Wisniewska was formally trained in both classical music, as well as fine arts in Austria and Switzerland. After an ill-fated accident ended her career as an established concert pianist, Wisniewska turned to painting with quartz sand as a means for the visual expression of rhythm and musicality.

Wisniewska's work can be found in the UBS collection in Zurich, Switzerland, the Musee Abbatiale de Payerne, Switzerland and in numerous established private collections. The paintings have also been presented at Art Basel Miami, Art Cologne, ArteFiera Bologna, Scope New York, Art Dubai and Art Shanghai among others.

Karina Wisniewska's paintings will be on display
from August 29 - October 2, 2009

Octavia Art Gallery is located at 4532 Magazine Street. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm or by appointment. For more information, contact 504-309-4249, art@octaviaartgallery.com or visit www.octaviaartgallery.com

26 August 2009


When I first met MARRUS, I came to the startling conclusion that I was not meeting an ordinary woman. An amazing talent in most every avenue that I've been able to determine, MARRUS wows me with her first book. It's not just an art book, but a book about the journey from point A to point F'n A. It's about forging your path through the journey of life and being a success at it, being happy with it and loving the nuances that made the journey what it was.

This Thursday night at PRAVDA in the French Quarter...details below...


"Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of My Mouth" is an anecdotal, illustrated, autobiographical journey of what it takes to carve your own path in the world, make a living at it, and all the wild, weird, and whack things that happen as a result.

"Lightsurfing" is 186, full-color, 7x10" pages full of paintings & the nascent sketches that inspired them. There are skinned deer and burned out buildings. There are some felonies, but the statute of limitations has run out, so the guilty are safe. There's sex & some kinky stuff, and hefty chunks of wisdom that Marrus hopes will inspire her tribe and mebbe stop some of the younger ones from making the dumb, fear-based mistakes she made.

Miz invited you to "LIGHTSURFING" on Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm.

Event: My book is finally available!
"Come out, get a drink, buy a book, watch me freak out..."
What: Opening / Booksigning
Host: Miz Marrus
Start Time: Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm
End Time: Thursday, August 27 at 11:00pm
Where: Pravda on Decatur in the French Quarter

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

18 August 2009

Priest Spams it up with Crack For Your Eyes

Our brother PRIEST recently chatted with the folks at CRACK FOR YOUR EYES in a question and answer interview. It is, by far, the best interview I've seen in awhile. It's cheeky, in your face and 100% the substance of a good Priest... those of us here at N.R. are eagerly anticipating what's next. Until then, here's the latest in the works and some excerpts from the interview (full link to follow below):
The Latest From Priest...


CFYE: "What was the first thing you put up on a wall?"
Priest: "It was a tribute to Jackson Pollock, but generally Crayola doesn't splatter as well as acrylic, and then my parents buffed it and I got locked up in my crib."

CFYE: "What got you into to street art and what makes you keep on doing it?"
Priest: "An abandoned oil refinery I raided in high school had a stencil that said "TRASH". After spraying it on a wall I was hooked. The stencils I make have changed but they still have that original message."

CFYE: "Do you prefer doing your work legal or illegal?"
Priest: "I generally prefer to ask the person living there if they mind, which most don't care as long as you don't steal their cardboard houses and use them as stencils. But the legality of painting an abandoned eyesore is something I take very serious, seriously."

For a full and fun-filled interview, click here...no HERE

Vigilante Vigilante - Film Trailer...

Enter the lives of anti-artists.

Join investigative documentary producers, Max Good and Nate Wollman on this underground journey into the secret lives of buffers, vigilantes and anti-graffiti advocates in this hard hitting film headed to festivals in 2010. We really delve head first into the topics and issues in public space, property defacement and the differentiation between art and crime.

Explore the points of view in the lives of psychologists, city planners, police officers, public agencies, controversial graffiti writers, and the vigilant citizens who are hell bent of silencing them in this original documentary!

Visit this link for the feature article written about this project at the link below:


Why do we need your funding?

We need to raise additional finances for post production, specifically for the editing process and promotion campaigns! We hope you find this project interesting enough to join us in the effort to help us finish the production on this project. We're working hard with San Francisco Film Society to raise additional capital as well. Our crew aims to make this a quality feature production and have planned this film out from start to finish, the only issue that remains is our need for more capital. We thank you for even considering sponsoring us, and should you decide to do so, we want to thank you with all our sincerest appreciation,

Full budget spreadsheet is available for your review by emailing: natedubb [at] yahoo.com