The early days of spring in New Orleans revolve around a trifecta of celebrations observed with our own Louisiana flavor of traditions. La GUILD will celebrate our multicultural heritage and the traditions of St. Patrick's Day, St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday by spotlighting a diverse group of artists whose works play a part in these cultural traditions or who embody them with their jewelry, wood creations, and Mardi Gras Indian tributes.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
As the Irish communities in New Orleans celebrate their heritage with St. Patrick’s Day, La GUILD will spotlight one jeweler who takes inspiration from ancient Celtic designs.
MICHAEL HAYMAN of Covington, Louisiana, will showcase his jewelry designs that emphasize Celtic jewelry traditions into art deco designs. While his designs revive these archetypes, his techniques to make them follow the traditional methods of metalsmithing without the aid of computer and higher tech. Ultimately, his adornments express mastery of the jewelry craft.
ST. JOSEPH’S DAY
While New Orleans area churches dress alters with food for St. Joseph’s Day, La GUILD will celebrate another aspect of the St. Joseph Day observation: the celebration of carpenters and craftsmen, both professions the saint protects. With that, we will showcase three woodworkers who each master the craft, all with unique individual directions of their own.
GREG ARCENEAUX of Covington, Louisiana, is a master craftsmen in traditional Louisiana furniture making. Using many local and fine hardwoods, his pieces connect people to the past through his mastery of older Acadian and Creole methods of furniture making. With that, Arceneaux has created and restored many pieces for museums and historic homes, like the Bautac chair, a plantation chair. The finished pieces by Arceneaux perfectly combine the best techniques of both modern and traditional carpentry to create solid.
DAVID BERGERON of Thibodaux, Louisiana, gives scrap wood new life with his hand crafted and colorful works from picture frames, boxes, to trunks. Using salvaged materials from the greater New Orleans area homes, Bergeron transforms old, chipped and scrap woods into elegantly collaged home furnishings and housewares. Bergeron believes that even the smallest pieces of wood can be reused resulting in intricately mosaicked furnishings with delightful pops of color.
GREG LITTLE, a once New Orleans native, now resides in Prairieville, Louisiana, where he creates fine art boxes and ingenious home essentials like magnetic keyholders. Fascinated by the beauty of wood and its varieties, colors, grain patterns, and textures, Little emphasizes those traits in each piece with a creative vision. The detailed work on his fine art boxes flow with wavy finished lines and drill into multiple layers of the wood.
In an homage to Super Sunday, the last day the Mardi Gras Indians strut in their annual costumes, La GUILD will showcase three New Orleans area artists who create their own unique depictions of these spirited figures.
ANNIE ODELL of River Ridge, Louisiana, “upcycles” men’s neckties and fashions them into women’s apparel and quilted and embroidered portraits of Louisiana cultural figures. Vibrant fiber portraits of Mardi Gras Indians decorated with found materials from costume jewelry to scrap fabrics and trinkets, Odell creates playful portraits of these figures.
TERI WALKER and CHAD RIDGEWAY create whimsical, glass and metal sculpture inspired by the culture of New Orleans and southern Louisiana wildlife. Together they are RidgeWalker Glass and will be showcasing their glass Mardi Gras Indians.
**The show will remain up through the end of the month closing on Saturday, March 31.**
For more information on this event, please call La GUILD at 504-592-7633 or send us a Facebook Message.