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Frenchmen Art Market, Marigny, New Orleans | ©  Kent Kanouse/Flickr
Frenchmen Art Market, Marigny, New Orleans | © Kent Kanouse/Flickr

Where To Buy Local Art In New Orleans

Picture of Rebeca Trejo
Updated: 8 December 2016
Finding New Orleans to be the epicenter of arts should come as no surprise considering countless artists from all over the world regularly flock to the Port City in search of their creative muse. Throughout the course of  its history, the Big Easy, known as a haven where creative minds come to hone their craft, has placed itself on the map as a world-class fine arts powerhouse supporting and embracing every aspiring artist’s thirst to express themselves, no matter how that might be. What has emerged from the city’s propensity to embrace artistic endeavors is a unique, city-wide spread of artist-run exhibitions, open-air markets, boutique galleries and street vendors that allow for both local and visiting art lovers to bring home a piece of New Orleans with them, at whichever price pleases their wallet. Here, the best spots to shop for local art in NOLA.

STREETS OF INTEREST


Royal Street

One of the oldest streets in New Orleans, Royal Street is a pedestrian market located in the city’s historic French Quarter neighborhood, one block over from Bourbon Street. This picturesque, 13-block stretch, adorned with colorful galleries, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants, is famous not only for housing one of the South’s greatest gallery concentration, but also for being one of the world’s most expensive places to shop for art. Can’t-miss galleries on Royal Street include:

Sutton Galleries

Original paintings, limited-edition giclées, sculptures, objets d’art, and more / 519 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA, + 1 504 581 1914

Sutton Galleries | Courtesy of Sutton Galleries

Sutton Galleries | Courtesy of Sutton Galleries

Caliche & Pao Gallery

New Orleans Impressionism / 312 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA, + 1 504 588 2846

Artworks at Caliche & Pao Gallery| Courtesy of Caliche & Pao

Artworks at Caliche & Pao Gallery | Courtesy of Caliche & Pao

Gallery Rinard

Whimsical and humorous animal art / 611 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA, + 1 800 628 6621

Frank Relle Photography

New Orleans and Southern Louisiana Fine Art Photography / 910 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504  388 7601

Frank Relle Photography, courtesy of Frank Relle Photography

Frank Relle Photography| Courtesy of Frank Relle Photography

Julia Street

Located in the heart of the city’s renovated Warehouse Arts District, Julia Street is a popular commercial strip mainly known for its eclectic mix of art galleries. Nicknamed ‘Gallery Row,’ this renovated and now-upscale 19th century corridor, originally established as an industrial area to store grain, coffee, and produce shipped through the Port of New Orleans, is helmed in its majority by NOLA-based artists, making the perfect destination for contemporary art lovers. Head to Julia Street on the first Saturday of every month starting 6pm for extended gallery hours, tastings, music and more.

BRAND New Orleans Art Gallery

Art gallery exhibiting local, contemporary artists of all levels / 646 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 509 6598
Brand New Orleans Art Gallery, courtesy of Brand New Orleans Art Gallery

Brand New Orleans Art Gallery| Courtesy of Brand New Orleans Art Gallery

Sasik Gallery

New Orleans Contemporary Art Gallery / 541 Julia St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 322 5055

Beata Sasik Art Gallery, courtesy of Beata Sasik Art Gallery

Beata Sasik Art Gallery| Courtesy of Beata Sasik Art Gallery

Alex Beard Studio

Fine Art Studio / 608 Julia St, New Orleans, LA. USA, + 1 504 309 0394

© Courtesy of Alex Beard Studio

© Courtesy of Alex Beard Studio

Magazine Street

Built during the late 18th century, Magazine Street is a six-mile-long stretch filled with specialty boutiques, unique pubs and dining venues, among other attractions. Running through some of New Orleans’ most treasured neighborhoods, this Garden District commercial strip features a wide selection of art galleries offering everything from paintings and drawings to photography and sculptures, to name a few.

Zèle NOLA

Multi-vendor art market / 2841 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 450 0789

Lots to explore at Zele #artforartssake #nola #artmarket #localartists #supportlocalartists #neworleans

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Guy Lyman Fine Art

Fine Art Gallery / 3645 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 899 4687

Guy Lyman Fine Art, courtesy of Guy Lyman Fine Art

Guy Lyman Fine Art| Courtesy of Guy Lyman Fine Art

Cole Pratt Gallery

Showcasing the work of Southern artists, from paintings to ceramics / 3800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 891 6789

Cole Pratt Gallery, courtesy of Cole Pratt Gallery

Cole Pratt Gallery, courtesy of Cole Pratt Gallery


OPEN-AIR ART MARKETS


If you are looking to bring home art as a souvenir, but would rather avoid spending a month’s salary on it, head to one of the city’s many open-air markets for some authentic (and affordable) New Orleans artworks. Here you’ll be able to browse, purchase and even bargain for pieces created by both regional and local artists.

Jackson Square

700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 658 3200

Local art vendors at Jackson Square, courtesy of Rebeca Trejo

Local art vendors at Jackson Square | Courtesy of Rebeca Trejo

French Market

Frenchmen Art Market

By Rebeca Trejo