Every year, on the first Saturday of August, thousands put on their swanky linen outfits and flock to the Warehouse District, also known as the Arts District to celebrate and support New Orleans’ thriving art scene, during an event called the Whitney White Linen Night. This year’s edition will take place on Saturday, August 6th, and runs through four closed blocks on Julia Street, aiming to showcase the city’s most prominent artists by hosting a neighborhood block party and exhibition openings throughout what has been dubbed the ‘SoHo of the South.’ Both art aficionados and strolling tourists alike will be able to enjoy over 20 galleries and museums, three stages of live entertainment featuring some of New Orleans’ top bands, as well as traditional southern food and cocktails.
If your plans this weekend include bringing back the old summertime white linen tradition at this year’s celebration, here are the six galleries you’ll want to check out:
Representing both emerging and established artists, the Martine Chaisson Gallery showcases a variety of original contemporary art that includes everything from photography to sculpture, paintings and drawings. During the block party celebration, attendees will have the opportunity to experience Patty Carroll’s ‘Anonymous Women: Draped,’ which is a series of photographs where the artist aims to illustrate the dichotomy of domesticity.
Located at the epicenter of the New Orleans Arts District, the Boyd Satellite Gallery features a mix of work from regional, national and international artists. During White Linen Night, the gallery will host a group exhibition titled Sputnik 3, including work by Errol Barron, Blake Boyd, Carlos Betancourt, David Eddington, Pinkney Herbert, Peter Hoffman, Deborah Pelias, Pat Phillips, and Andres Serrano.
Exhibiting the work of artists who ‘reflect the rich local traditions, culture, spirit and flavor of New Orleans and Louisiana,’ the Brand New Orleans Art Gallery is set to showcase a group exhibition entitled Best of Brand from both emerging and well-established contemporary artists during the White Linen weekend. These include Bob Graham, Herb Roe, Olesya Ianovitch, Kelly Guidry, Iam Bennu, Brandon Delles, Eugene Weber, Anthony Bordelon, Kyle Herr and Lu Griffin-Tucker.
The Degas Gallery is located in the city’s historic Julia Row, and offers visitors the chance to experience fine contemporary paintings, drawings and photography. The gallery, named after the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, will exhibit Fleurs d’Ete during White Linen Night,which consists of multiple nature-based paintings by Michigan artist Susan Morosky.
The Arthur Roger Gallery, which first opened its door to the public in 1978 in the New Orleans Garden District, will be exhibiting photographs, paintings and drawings by George Dureau, scenes from the quintessential Bunny Matthews comic-strip, Vic and Nat’ly, and a multi-sensory installation titled New Wave by husband and wife duo, Kyle Bravo and Jenny LeBlanc.
The Jed Malitz V2 Gallery, founded in August 2012, is located in the main corridor of galleries within the Arts District. Surrounded by nearly two-dozen other galleries and museums, the Jed Malitz V2 Gallery will present a group exhibition under the name of Jazz’n Art, featuring original contemporary artworks and jewelry by artists including Joel Gwidt, Suzanne MacDonald, Caroline McClintic, Leonard Filgate and Ceaux.