Zack Smith Photography

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It is POURING rain today.

So, Joy and I have decided not to try our luck out and about as we had planned to do, but to stick close to our respective arks instead.

Noah's Ark -- googled image

No problem. Instead of heading out on a new adventure, I guess I’ll share some photos with you from last week’s adventures.

Zack Smith --French Quarter Fest 2016

French Quarter Fest dominated our weekend.

Zack Smith, the Official FQF Photographer, took these terrific photos of several of the horn players who performed at the festival. You can see all of his FQF photos here on his blog.

Zack Smith Photography -- French Quarter Fest 2016

Zack Smith Photography -- French Quarter Fest 2016

Zack Smith Photography -- French Quarter Fest 2016

Mike’s and my favorite French Quarter Festival photo by Zack Smith is this one…

Zack Smith Photography -- French Quarter Fest 2016

which we will soon be adding to our art collection. Thank you, Zack!

Last week we were lucky to catch the tail end of the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane exhibition of Kate Clark‘s “Mysterious Presence.”

Dana viewing Kate Clark exhibition

Kate Clark's "Choosing Her Words"
“Choosing Her Words”

Kate Clark's "Ceremony"
“Ceremony”

Kate Clark's "She Gets What She Wants"
“She Gets What She Wants”

Kate Clark's "Fortitude"
“Fortitude”

Kate Clark's "Galant"
“Galant”

Kate Clark's "Preoccupied"
“Preoccupied”

Across the hall from the Kate Clark exhibition was the Andrea Dezso exhibition “I Wonder.”

Dezso is a multimedia artist working with embroidery, illustration, ceramics, pencil and marker drawings, and tunnel books. I absolutely relate to her approach, described in the catalog of her work as “revisiting traditional ‘female’ applied arts in an often irreverent and humorous manner.”

Andrea Dezso, Embroidery
“My Mother Claimed…” Embroidery

Andrea Dezso, Brother's Grimm illustration
“Brothers Grimm Complete First Edition” Illustration

Andrea Dezso, Embroidery
“My Mother Claimed…” Embroidery

Andrea Dezso, Brothers Grimm illustration
“Brothers Grimm Complete First Edition” Ilustration

Andrea Dezso, Ceramics
“Sketchbook Plate” Ceramics

Andrea Dezso, detail of "All the Beings"
“All the Beings” Detail of Pencil and Marker Drawing

Andrea Dezso, detail of "All the Beings"
“All the Beings” Detail of Pencil and Marker Drawing

Andrea Dezso, detail of "Krewe of Intergalactic Women Travelers Reach a Cave in Outer Space"
“Krewe of Intergalactic Women Travelers Reach a Cave in Outer Space” Tunnel Book

Melissa "Sasi" Chambers posing with Andrea Dezso's Tunnel Book
“Krewe of Intergalactic Women…” Tunnel Book

Ok rain. Go away. I’m ready to adventure another day!

It’s Always a Wild Rumpus in NOLA

I am pretty sure there is a celebration of something, of some sort going on in New Orleans every day of the year. Any holiday you can think of is celebrated to excess — often with parades which include holiday appropriate throws (carrots, along with the ubiquitous beads in the Easter parade, and cabbages on St. Patrick’s Day). As well as any number of festivals highlighting the music, the food, and the art of New Orleans and Louisiana — usually all at the same time.

It’s a year round non-stop Wild Rumpus.

Zack Smith photo from French Quarter Fest

This past weekend it was French Quarter Festival featuring a ridiculous 23 stages, 1,700 musicians, and 400 hours of live music — all for free.

There was a ton of food and drink too — not for free. That would be ridiculous!

Living only a short ferry ride away from the French Quarter made going to this year’s festival a no-brainier. We wandered all along the Riverfront and into the Quarter winding up as we so often do on Royal Street — which was packed with people enjoying the music,

Royal Street during French Quarter Fest

and the creative buskers — like the very talented painting puppet….

Sasi with Ed Moseley at FQF

We found our friend Ed (Joy’s husband) on Royal Street too. (Ed attended all four days of FQF from start to finish. That is serious dedication.)

Mike and I were more FQF fair weather friends, only going on Saturday and Sunday, which left us time to head to a less crowded part of town for dinner Saturday night at the High Hat Cafe. (Catfish for Mike, Pimento Cheese Burger for me, both with the green beans and applewood smoked bacon. Oh yeah.)

Dinner at High Hat in New Orleans

Then, on Sunday morning when we returned to the fest, we had another one of those serendipitous NOLA OMG moments.

Mike found a cell phone.

I won’t bore you with all the steps we took to determine who the phone belonged to, until we managed to find its owner (…look up Favorites…call “Dad”…find out phone belongs to Zack Smith, a photographer…find security guard to help us find the Headquarters tent…yada yada yada) — but once we did find Zack, and return his phone, and he realized he hadn’t just left it in the Headquarters tent to begin with, but that we had found it and were returning it to him he gave us his card with a big smile and said “Email me, I owe you!”

Zack doesn’t owe us a thing — though we are hoping he’ll come to Mike’s Opening in May — because…and this is the part I love…Zach Smith is not just a photographer, he’s the Official Photographer for French Quarter Fest (he took the photo at the very top of this post) and, if you visit his website ZackSmith.com you will see that he has a project called “My Louisiana Muse” featuring artists of many stripes. He’s also taken some wonderful portraits of the local talent, including one of my favorites who you will remember from last year, Rebecca Rebouche.

Portrait of Rebecca Rebouche by Zack Smith

I love these constant reminders of how small this world really is, and especially of how closely we are all connected.

Kate Clark's "She Gets What She Wants"  with Melissa "Sasi" Chambers
(That’s me with Kate Clark’s “She Gets What She Wants.”)

Let the Wild Rumpus continue!