Chloe is the star of the Gallery. We get air conditioning tomorrow, after which she will be sitting pretty in her window seat, watching the people pass by on Royal St. Come say hello to her!!
Every once in a while we'll be driving home from the Quarter or the Marigny and we pass this little guy, jauntily eying us from his sweet parking spot. Trouble is, we're always driving on the other side of the road and the neutral ground keeps us from stopping off to ask him why he's so saucy.
So the other day we resolved to find him and solve the mystery of what and why he is. Although we saw him on a regular basis when we weren't looking for him, he was impossible to find when we were — a white buffalo in New Orleans's own Burmuda Triangle.
When we finally stumbled on him, we were in for a surprise. Turns out he is just a glimpse of the treasures on offer at Discoveries Furniture & Finds.
Just look at these finds!!! The store is MUCH larger than it appears from the outside (it is 10,000 square feet!!!). Truly an experience. They travel to discover unique and personality-full pieces and bring them to New Orleans (and stores in Hammond & Baton Rouge).
I want and NEED this daybed.
To ensure we can make it back to our slippery giraffe friend who guards the garden of exotic treasures, we dropped a pin in Google maps:
And to thank him for sharing his bounty with us, we gave our tour guide a little kiss. Till next time Elusive Giraffe!!
The Gallery is now on Google Maps/Places!! Check us out at our opening party (Saturday, 7/16, 7:30 p.m.) and afterward you can tell us and the rest of the world what you think under "reviews". And if you take any party pics, feel free to upload them to the Gallery's Google Place!
We passed through the Bywater neighborhood today, and hoped to catch a glimpse of artist and New Orleans legend Dr Bob at work.
He wasn't in his studio!! His very friendly neighbor told us to give him a call, but maybe we'll just try again tomorrow. For now, we have some colorful and inspiring pictures from our visit.
Maybe the energy-sucking vampires got to him and he needed a nap. Hope to see you soon Dr Bob!! We love your work.
Julie and I kept hearing about these places that reclaim architectural structures (doors, transoms, windows, railings, etc) from houses around New Orleans and sell them for cheap. Sometimes the houses are getting a second life through organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, and often these eco-minded salvage yards are the only thing standing between the materials and already overstuffed landfills. We needed to get our hands on some of those structures!!
So we did what any good journalists would do: we Googled "new orleans", "repurposed", "recycled", and "architecture". Google did not steer us wrong! We found The Green Project, a community-minded warehouse/shop/lumber yard in NOLA's St. Roch neighborhood. They hold events and workshops, and are open to treasure hunters and curious community members Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. When Julie and I went (Wednesday around 2 p.m.), the place was bustling with hard working, eco-friendly looking folk. There was a special where ANYTHING in the driveway was free for the taking. We got a door, that we just might use for a tabletop.
You can see from the pictures above that the Preservation Salvage Store is directly next door to The Green Project shop. In fact they appear to share a driveway, and The Salvage Store is open the same days with opening hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Of course, we stopped in the Salvage Store, too, and found cabinets, tables, and doors galore.
You'll also notice above an incarnation of my favorite sign in the world, "Free Paint". The Green Project actually started as a Mid-City paint-recycling project. Read more about recycling mastermind Linda Stone and how the Project started here.
If you go to the right spot in Audubon Park, you can see the giraffes in Audubon Zoo over the fences. But sometimes a glimpse isn't enough. So this week Julie and I went to the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana. It was an hour's drive and we had to take the causeway over the Pontchartrain River, but it was well worth the trip.
We love this place!! It's a nonprofit that focuses on species welfare and conservation, and they do a great job of making their safari drives super fun. The tours cost $17 for adults, and no reservations are needed — just show up and get your tickets from the gift shop. Check out their website and VISIT THEM!! Our tour guide was Dan and our driver was Jamie, they took really good care of us and were so cute because you could tell they were in love with the animals. So were we!!!
These guys really got up close and personal.
Expect many safari-inspired paintings to come!!
The best part about opening the Gallery is connecting with the New Orleans community. Today, we heard from Marcia Wall, M.A., at 411 Nola. She put our upcoming Opening Party on the 411 Events Calendar! And my goodness, are we flattered by her excitement and kind words. To be recognized by a NOLA social Mecca and complimented with such skillful writing... Please see her wonderful (and wonderfully written) entry on our Gallery below:
Saturday, July 16, 2011
7:30 p. m. to 9:30 p. m. You are invited to attend the grand opening of Gallery Burguieres at 736 Royal Street in the French Quarter. Ally Burguieres, owner and artist, will be on hand to greet you. Her beautiful paintings and prints depict animals and nature scenes in ways you’ve not seen them before. Colorful and vivid, they are as lively as New Orleans itself. Don’t miss this exciting event with one of New Orleans’ most interesting artists. Free admission.
Things have been so exciting and crazy preparing to open the Gallery, I started worrying I wasn't painting enough. So I made a new painting!! It's called "Lemurs in the Treme(rs)". My dad said when he was growing up in Uptown New Orleans, they all pronounced the Treme neighborhood "Treem" instead of the now trendy "Treh-may". The painting is 24'' x 48'', Oil and Acrylic on Canvas. We even have a frame for it!!
These little guys are Gallery-ready!
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