Cocoa worked so hard yesterday. He met tons of friends and admirers and fellow vegan dogs! It's time to rest up and play -- perfect excuse for a day-after-VegFest boat ride!
See the original at NOLA's brand-new all-vegan restaurant SEED. !
Mom and I spent last night on the set of American Horror Story: Coven. Super creepy!!!! Also, they had an entire block of Royal Street covered in dirt and restyled to look like the 1800's.
We visited with our friend Mike Mekash (photo below), who specializes in special effects makeup and prosthetics. We also met with production supervisor James E. Williams and got to see some filming, including a scene with the legendary Kathy Bates!!! Ms. Bates is playing Madame Delphine LaLaurie; we cannot WAIT to see the final result.
If you haven't seen the teasers for this new season (premiering October 9!!!), check them out below. Chilling!!! And you know we'll be watching, as all the action takes place in our gorgeous, complex, and history-filled city.
We're so happy to have production here, and can't wait to see the finished product. Everyone on cast and crew has been so generous, kind, and friendly. We hope they stay forever!!
I've started printing my works on toddler t's and onesies, and I must say mom and I are pretty pleased with the results!! We're using a local printer on Oak Street. We have a WHOLE BUNCH of sizes, colors, and styles in the gallery, with a few of our onesie staples online at www.Cocoally.com. Check em out!!
I'm so happy to announce that mom and I had car magnets printed!! It really turns our car from a vintage bug into an official company car, and personally I think the magnets look fetching! It's Wish Dog on one side and Gallery Burguieres on the other, so we can weave in and out the NOLA streets showing off both sides of our bourgeoning business. It's occurred to me, though, that I'll now have to be more conscientious when I drive. I cannot cut people off, or go around them at stop signs, mostly because it would reflect badly on the business and the magnets will tell people exactly where to find me. So here's to embarking on a new level of branding and embracing a kindler, gentler way of driving!! Wish Dogs and Gallery Burguieres are keeping me honest. Or at least keeping me from being an obnoxious driver.
I asked the printer if they needed any special care, and he said just don't go over 120mph with the magnets on. I'll try.
The Convention Center Media Center for the Superbowl is nearly ready!! CBS, Sirius Radio, ESPN, and other media greats (from around the world!) will be here next week to start all the Super Bowl coverage.
Don't you love all the posters of games past?!
For all the info visit www.neworleanssuperbowl.com!!
Yesterday mom and I took the Wish Dogs on the road (a few miles down the road, into the Bywater...) to the Piety Street Arts Market! We had almost no idea what to expect, as it was our first venture to Piety Street. We loved it!! There were tons of amazing vendors, with food, drinks, jewelry, art, clothes, books — anything and everything you could ever want. Highly recommended for local shopping and a fun Saturday outing!!
It was a quiet Tuesday and everyone gathered for a nice, relaxing brunch. Then the Saints and a whole bunch of New Orleans notables showed up and started waiting tables, competing for "tips" (Bridge Bucks), and raising funds for the Bridge House Grace House. The entire event, including live and silent auction, was made possible by Bridge House Grace House and Saints player Will Smith's foundation — When There's a Will There's a Way. Tons of funds were raised to support individuals working to overcome substance abuse and addiction. It was an incredible event, and I was honored to be one of the "Celebrity Waiters". How fun is that?!?!?!?
We all got sweet aprons. Included here with the Saints guys are legendary singer Charmaine Neville and fellow artist and supertalent Terrance Osborne!
FOX 8 was there and did a great segment on the event:
And if you're curious about who was there and the idea of Celebrity Waiters works, the Morning Show did a great rundown!
If you've been keeping up with the Gallery you know our Wish Dogs are really taking off!! We're having a great time sharing them, promoting them, and hearing rave reviews from people who've discovered them at Fleurty Girl shops, picked up a handful at the Gallery, or even got them as gifts from friends. And you can get them online and even get tee shirts and postcards!
We recruited our favorite New Orleans actor, Laura Flannery, to model the new tees. Stunning!!! (Cocoa and Director of Photography Ian Campbell even joined in the fun.)
Thanks to Laura for her talent, Ian for his skills, and Cocoa, for being as cute, fluffy, and orange as ever. <3 xoxoxo
Hi, my name is Ally Burguieres. When I'm done painting I update this blog with new paintings, events, and news!