Thursday, March 19, 2015

Colorful Creoles, The lifestyle & legacy of New Orleans Free people of color. Part 1 getting the Musée ready.

My Creole Folk art paintings are displayed above a 18th century French Louis XVI bergere in the time worn walls and woodwork of the 200 year old Creole cottage. 



Last Nov I had a one day art show at the Musée Rosette Rochon. The title of the show was "Colorful Creoles, The lifestyle & legacy of New Orleans Free people of color". The paintings in the exhibition focus around 18th and 19th century New Orleans "Free people of color" and there rich lifestyle and legacy they have left on New Orleans and Louisiana. The exhibit was held in my good friend Don Richmond's museum,  The Musée Rosette Rochon 1515 Pauger street New Orleans LA, 70116, located right outside of the French Quarter.  The Musée Rosette Rochon is a House Museum Honoring the Accomplishments of Free People of Color. It is an 200 year old early antebellum Creole Cottage built for Rosette Rochon, a free businesswoman of color who amassed wealth and lived to about the age of one hundred.

The Musée Rosette Rochon is a work in progress and is projected to be a major historic house museum once restoration is finish on the house it will be a vital educational center for the Marigny and adjacent French Quarter, Tremé, and Bywater neighborhoods. The house also has many remarkable details, being one of the most important early examples in New Orleans of architectural transition between Creole and American Federal styles. A few months before my one day show I cleaned and prepared the Musée for the show. During the time I tuck most of these photo's of the elegant decay of the 200 year old house mixed with my paintings. The Musée is a typical single story structure of brick between post construction. 

The front room of the Creole Cottage






The front room of the Creole Cottage

A 18th century Louis XVI oval back fauteuil next to a early 19th century cypress transom 

My Creole Folk art paintings are displayed above a 18th century French Louis XVI bergere in the time worn walls and woodwork of the 200 year old Creole cottage. 

My art displayed well with the original 200 year old brick between post construction of the house. 




Southern Louisiana Creole Carved Walnut Armoire, 18th c.

The Cottage has 3 of it's original Creole style wrap-around mantels 

A 19th c Louisiana cypress table used for serving drinks at the show. 


The front room of the cottage. 



A collection of 18th & 19th century candlesticks on a Creole mantel in 2th room.

The Cottage has 3 of it's original Creole style wrap-around mantels 




My art displayed well with the original 200 year old brick between post construction of the house. 



Southern Louisiana Creole Carved Walnut Armoire, 18th c.









My art displayed well with the original 200 year old brick between post construction of the house. 

The Cottage has 3 of it's original Creole style wrap-around mantels 

Creole table decorations of french cut greenery and local citrus add color. 








Shrimp mold a favorite Louisiana dish. 

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