Each year, the American Art Awards, www.AmericanartAwards.com, with an intent to introduce the best American galleries to unknown artists worldwide, selects their top 25 picks for popular and accomplished galleries, only one per state. President of AAA, Thom Bierdz, known to millions as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless, shared with me why AAA has selected Octavia above the many other Louisiana galleries.
“AAA is impressed Octavia has sold works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, and Tom Wesselmann,” Bierdz says. “We also respect galleries that take on the responsibility to edify their regional histories. Octavia’s mission is to showcase the work of international emerging and established contemporary artists along with the modern masters, emphasizing the preservation and conservation of unique and authentic artistic cultures worldwide. And we love how they do that with clean visual orderly aesthetics, as seen in their gallery interior images in these photos.
“Octavia Art Gallery was established in 2008 on Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans, founded by owner Pamela Bryan, who is directly involved with organizations seeking to preserve the art, architecture, and culture of New Orleans. In 2013, they expanded and relocated, and more than ever they continue their commitment to bring regional, national and international contemporary artists, with an emphasis on Cuban, to New Orleans.
“AAA chooses some of the oldest galleries in the US, and some of the biggest, and some of the trendiest and splashiest, too. We like a mix because we have photographers, sculptors and painters entering their work from USA, Canada, Latvia, Macedonia, Switzerland, India, China, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Belgium, Australia, Slovakia, Italy, England, Romania, Mexico, etc., to be judged by these galleries. We look for galleries that have experience with, and passion for, international emerging artists. Octavia does.”
E2 Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien, Ode to Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage, 2013, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk Print, 24 x 17 inches.
Karlos Pérez, 23 De Febrero De 1950, 2013, Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.
James Henderson, First Love, Mixed media on panel, 24 x 24 inches.
Alex Hernández Dueñas, #68, Habana – Miami, Watercolor on paper, 12 x 8 1/2 inches.
Richard Deutsch, Points of View, 2007, Composite materials, 6 x 6 x 2 ft.
Edward Bear Miller, Blue Tangle, Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
Regina Scully, Passage 10, 2013, Acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 inches.
Carole A. Feuerman, Serena Print Suite, 2012, Mixed media archival print, 33 1/2 x 24 inches, each. Edition 15/30.
Stefan Szczesny, Frau in Blumenvase, Acrylic on cotton fabric, 78 x 62 inches.
Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130. t. 504-309-4249
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm http://www.octaviaartgallery.com/
Pamela Bryan, President.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans
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