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Reminders: Wed @ The Square + United Artist Front

Wow, time sure flies these days. How is it already the week before Jazz Fest? I sure hope some cheap or FREE Jazz Fest tickets manage to find their way to me (barter anyone?). Or that I make a bucket of money this week at the market. Otherwise I'll just be spending my Jazz Fest on the porches of my friends who live in the neighborhood - this New Orleans resident/artist can't afford no $50/day for tickets!

Which market, you ask, am I hoping to made said bucket of money at? Well let me tell you... or, remind you. Tomorrow, Rachelle of and I will be sharing a booth at the YLC's Wednesday At The Square event in Lafayette Square in the CBD (across from Gallier Hall between St. Charles and Camp St.), from 5pm - 7:30pm. We are subbing in for our pal Heather of Unique Products, who will be busily preparing for Festival International this weekend in Lafayette, LA. The weather is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous - no chance of rain and warm temperatures - and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers + Jake Smith are the musical lineup this week, which is awesome! I'm excited.

I just got done printing up a whole mess of new shirts - Ride, NOLA Heart, and Scoot! designs, mostly - and have some fresh clocks and signs on offer, too. So stop on by on your way home from work - or if you're not working, you have NO excuse - and enjoy some free music, yummy food and drink, and fun shopping. Consider it your Jazz Fest warm-up!

Meanwhile, the good folks at NoLa Rising are working hard this week to install over 150 pieces of art which have been donated to their United Artist Front silent auction this weekend. Taking place on the 2nd floor of the Old U.S. Mint building (400 Esplanade), the two-day extravaganza (4/24-25) is being staged to raise funds for NoLa Rising's new Mural Arts Program. Why don't I let them tell you about it:

"NoLA Rising began after hurricane Katrina as a public art initiative to improve the day to day lives of the people living in New Orleans. Believing that “Art Can Heal the Wounded Soul”, Michael “Rex” Dingler spread the message that while we, as New Orleanians, were down, we certainly weren’t out. Through custom posters, random quotes and hand painted street signs, NoLA Rising became a cultural movement for social justice proving the power of a positive message.

This year, as NoLA Rising enters a new phase of existence, we look to our city walls to continue the message that New Orleans is the cultural center of the South. In our very own back yard is the most important wall in modern American history…the Lower Ninth Ward Levee Wall. To remember our collective struggle as a city, to re-assert our position as a city of the arts, and to honor those who we lost in the storm, NoLA Rising has begun the United Artist Front, New Orleans Mural Arts Program.

In our first major mural effort, we have sought and received support from the New Orleans Levee Board to turn the rebuilt Lower Ninth Ward Levee Wall into a continuous 3900 foot long mural (totaling approximately 46,800 square feet of art space), with 65 local artists each painting 720 square feet of their tribute. As a newly formed Louisiana Non-Profit, we are forging ahead with local leaders to insure the project’s existence and success and plan to announce the mural in the upcoming quarter."

Sounds pretty ambitious, doesn't it? And cool! So far, here's a list of artists who have donated pieces that YOU could bid on this weekend to help make the above a reality:

BANKSY / Shepard Fairey / STARHEAD / Ray Noland / El Celso / Amy Martin / Justin Hampton / Tony Nozero / Dr. Bob / Christopher Porche West / Rex Dingler / Joe Russo / Cherie Langford / Allison Termine / ARTCAR by Kelly Isreal / Ken Kenan / Bruce Davonport Jr / Layla Messkaub / Blaine Capone / Len Cowgill / Robert Guthie / Sarah Rosedahl / Brandon Dauphin / Ussama Hanna / Crista Rock / Amy Loewy / Scott Moseley / Lance "Varg" Vargas / Max Prophet / Mardi Claw / Mary Moses / Alleyn Evans / Stephanie Stelmach / 32 Brandongirl / GRAILIVES / Anthony Turducken / Sharky of Black Sails Photography / Donn Davis / Damon Rosenzweig / Kyle Chase / Beverly Cook / B-Kay / Emily Macafore / Bryan Barnes / Anthony Posey / Karen Miller / Graciel / Christian Silva / Sean Evans / Real Abstract / Joe Iurato / Tony Depew / Mia Volkommer / Carla Malone Steck / Peter Lundberg / Joan Davis / MAGS / Vall Webb / Dave Warnke / Arthur McLean / Jim Flynn / Sean Geatreaux / Michelle Brecher / O...Phuck / KelleyGirl / INSPIRE / Peaceswirl / SLIC / Will Frank / NEMO / Tammy Vitale / Dave Watkins / FOKUSED / GAIA / Lady Ma Dia / Shera Simon / James Peterson / Natalie Maloney / Pauline Patterson / Sheri Mora / Angela Pate / Dori Ashton / Steve Collins / The Grey Ghost / Nick Hasslock of the New Orleans Tile Co. / Leonard Lopp / Jon Curry / Michelle Augusto / Julie A. Miller / Melissa Levine / Cono / Jenna Colby / SoTx / Natalie Maloney / James Dingler / Real Abstract / Gracie! / B-Kay / Stevie Collins

...and more coming! I sure don't have any money to be bidding on anything, but I'm excited to go and see all the cool artwork. I might even volunteer some time to help them out (you could too - contact Angela for more info).

And yes, I did finally finish a piece to donate to the cause. It's a 22"x28" canvas featuring my NoLa Rising design, using spray paint and grey primer. You can't see in this pic, but the edges of the canvas have writing around it, listing off neighborhoods of the city which are all RISING! This too could be yours - get down there and bid!

OK, it's back to work for me today, getting myself together for tomorrow's market. Hope to see you there!

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