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This 20,000 square foot studio is the workspace for established glass work artists and master printmakers as well as a place for them to display their work. This gallery is unique to the area by offering classes to anyone wishing to learn the fine art of glassblowing, kiln-fired glass, hand engraved printmaking, paper making, and bookbinding. When you visit the gallery make sure you view some of the skillful demonstrations that take place throughout the day.
New Orleans has long been revered for its vibrant culture and unique identity, born of an amalgamation of different cultures, traditions and beliefs. While slaves were granted little freedom, they were usually permitted free time on Sundays and would often congregate in open spaces and public squares to celebrate their native traditions. So far from their homeland and all that was familiar to them, these men and women found solace in these weekly celebrations and gatherings, preserving their traditions and way of life for future generations. Although this practice dates back to the 18th Century, in 1817 Congo Square was officially granted for use by slaves and freedmen. For many years hence the square lay at the heart of the slaves' cultural world; a place where they could gather, set up market, dance and practice voodoo. Today, drum circles, dance performances, concerts and other cultural events are still hosted at the square every Sunday, alongside celebrations, festivals and special events like the annual Red Dress Run. Congo Square has played an important role in the early development of African-American culture as it is today and is revered by musicians the world over for its place in the history of jazz music.
Le Mieux Galleries is what the director refers to as, the Third Coast Art. Artists along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida create the works featured. A varied selection of styles are on display including oil on canvas, color and black and white photography, colored pencil, watercolors, wood/acrylic and monoprint. The gallery represents a number of artists, including Charles Barbier, Leslie Staub, Debra Howell, David Lambert, Nancie Warner and others. Le Mieux offers affordable art of the highest quality and a staff that willingly provides consultation in regard to individual and corporate needs.
Located just across from the Superdome, Champions Square is a 121,00 square foot outdoor event space that plays host to festivals, concerts and corporate events. The square is also where Saints fans meet before every home game to share in some pregame revelry. Since it opened back in 2010, Champions Square has become one of the top destinations for a wide range of large-scale events.