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The Art of Sippin’ and Strollin’: Art in Action on Julia Street

June 8, 2011
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The Art of Sippin’ and Strollin’: Art in Action on Julia Street

Artfully AWAREYeah yeah yeah, we know. It’s an oversized photograph of a bacon-studded donut posed on a circa 1975 toilet, Photoshopped Cheeto-orange, which costs three months rent because someone claims it’s “Art.” Whatever. Can we have our college posters of that French black cat and Marilyn Monroe back already?

Haven’t felt excitement about “Art” since macaroni and lanyard? W(h)et your palette at next Saturday’s Art in Action, a free event organized by Artfully AWARE, a global nonprofit newly arrived to New Orleans. AfA promotes the arts as a source of empowerment and means of support for all, with a particular focus on those recovering from trauma. Cool off with homemade ice cream and pies by Chef Stanley Garczynski (former chef at the fabulous Green Goddess) as you sip wine and check out art made in AfA community workshops in Uganda and Swaziland, as well as by local New Orleans talent.

Art in Action will feed into Jammin’ on Julia , the monthly art stroll that shuts down Julia Street by opening doors of dozens of amazing galleries for hundreds strollin’ and sippin’ their way into Saturday night. In typically NOLA fashion, you can love the ostensible reason for celebration (in this case, “Art”), or you can just love drinking, people watching, and thwarting traffic flows. Great cause, great art, great fun: welcome to the Art of WINNING.

Website:
Artfully AWARE
Jammin’ on Julia

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Stuff To Know

Date
Saturday, June 4, 6-9pm
Address
M. Francis Gallery
604 Julia Street
Google Map

504ward Tips

Want to get your Van Gogh on without taking off your ear? Check out Art in Action’s offering of two hour-long painting sessions. Whether kindergartner scribler or kick-butt sketcher, anyone can participate. All supplies included, but limited space, so sign up now!

SoHo only wishes it could be SoNO (LA) during Jammin’ on Julia. Why wouldn’t they? In addition to art, the streets will have cash bars, food, tables for people watching, and of course, live music.

As a designated Louisiana Cultural District, no sales tax on any original art sold in the Arts District, meaning you can decorate your apt AND defy The Man! Wow, we’re lovin’ all these win-win situations.

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