Jackson Square without artists would be like red beans without rice. Every day, local artists show up and line the sidewalks and fences with their original artwork. The colorful canvasses are just as much a part of Jackson Square as the buildings surrounding it. From oil paintings of famous New Orleans landmarks to unique imaginative drawings, the art varies widely. One thing is for sure though – the artwork creates a charming atmosphere that visitors don’t forget.
Some of the artists have been creating and selling their artwork in Jackson Square for decades. Meet a few of the familiar faces that you’ll see around the area, and be sure to stop and say hello when admiring their work. You can find artists around Jackson Square any day of the week, but many more on weekends and in the evenings.
FAQ: How can I become an artist on Jackson Square? Do I need a permit?
ANSWER: Yes, you must have a permit to be an artist on Jackson Square. Only 200 permits are issued annually, and there is currently a waiting list. The permits are renewable in January; those not renewed become available to new artists. Interested persons must contact the Bureau of Revenue, Permits Department, about getting on the waiting list for a permit. The required mayoralty permit and occupational license cost $175 per year. The application fee is $20. These permits allow original hand-painted or "drawn on a plain surface" works only. Reproductions of any sort are not permitted.
Brenton ClarkeBrandon works in charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and oil along with wood sculptures. He works with basic unity and contrast.
Elaine CummingsWith parents who were also Jackson Square artists, painting came naturally to Elaine Adel Cummins. Although she's conquered many forms of arts, including painting t-shirts and dresses, she says her heart belongs to the canvas
Debora D'AngeloDebora says life, passion, peace, love, healing, beauty, nature and all things New Orleans French Quarter and The Gulf Coast are her creative juices.
Sherry DooleySherry believes in telling stories through painting using symbols, textures, and color to express feelings and emotions.
Joshua DuncanJosh seeks to examine the human experience through a wide range of styles and mediums. He received a Bachelor of Illustration from Memphis College of Art.
Alexander GreatnessPresently an attending Jackson Square artist, paints his World Renown theme art named HUMAN EMBRACEMENT ART. 534 original finished and signed art pieces have been distributed throughout worldwide.
Karla HuntKarla Gilson Hunt creates oil paintings of New Orleans and surrounding areas. A Detroit native, she moved to New Orleans in 1962 and was inspired by the Deep South's beauty and the romantic charm of the French Quarter.
Sam Infiniti HurwitchA native of New England, Sam Infiniti Hurwitch came to New Orleans in 1970, where he fell in love with Jackson Square. Sam began painting in 1977, and in 1983, began a three-year study of art at U.N.O.
Andrew JamesAndrew James (AJ) is a native of south Lousinana and has been painting and drawing for over 35 years. As a New Orleans artist, actor and outdoorsman, you can find AJ anywhere, from selling his art at Jackson Square in the French Quarter to playing featured roles in True Blood.
Brandon JenkinsAs a self-taught artist, Brandon Jenkins is inspired by artists from the 30s and 40s focusing mainly on nightlife scenes, cityscapes, and figures. He can be found in the Square on the weekends.
Jason JonesJason Jones is a licensed architect and artist focusing on oxidation of steel. His goal is to connect his audience with is work varies from literal representation to abstract.
Cary Chun LeeCary Chun Lee is a New Orleans based artist. He paints animals/nature in a very unique and contemporary way.
Amanda LeighAmanda Leigh is a New Orleans native. Although she has a degree in international business, she feels most at home using her creative side with a paintbrush in hand.
C.C. MirandaA Jackson Square artist since 2001, C.C. Miranda specializes in oils, acrylic and watercolor in a variety of styles ranging from realism to abstract surrealism. She is a graduate of duCret School of Art in New Jersey.
Crystal ObeidzinskiCrystal Obeidzinski, a New Orleans artist, collages items found from around the city with a very free and abstract application of paint to capture the depth and history that this city holds. These are all done on pieces of old doors from around the city. She exhibits in galleries around New Orleans and can be found online at Artbycrystale.com.
Miriam RaganMiriam Ragan has been painting in the New Orleans French Quarter for over 30 years, and has been available during this time to painting customers and art lovers on Jackson Square. Her paintings are of varied subjects, but the bulk of her artwork is of Louisiana swamps, New Orleans and French Quarter scenes, and paintings of floral still lifes and southern flowers, such as the magnolia.
Although Miriam has tried painting in acrylics, the medium doesn't suit her style, so she returned to the oil and watercolor media that she loves so much. In recent years, she has made some of her work available in the form of printed reproductions
Jason RodriguezBorn and raised in New York and Miami, Jason Rodriguez loved art from early on. He received his BFA from the Memphis College of Art, where we won scholarships and participated in the Horn Island program. He's designed murals and had his work featured in Miambiance Magazine, Propaganda New Orleans (Nola Prop.), and on WGNO's News with a Twist.
Christine RoyChristine Roy visual artist working in New Orleans, LA. She displays her work Friday through Monday in the historical Jackson Square.
Varis TameevVaris moved to New Orleans in 1997, where he was then hired by the famous Kern Company to sculpt Mardi Gras floats and decorative elements for the city's casinos and hotels. His grandfather made sculptures of horses made of wood. The horses is a symbol of independence and freedom.
Cassie TarrCassie Tarr is an artist based out of New Orleans, LA. She works in a variety of media and is known for her whimsy and creative use of materials.
Annie WalkerAnnie Walker is a local artist. After she received a degree in Studio Art from Tulane in 2007, she passed on her love of art to students through teaching. Now, she's an independent artist making her mark on the Big Easy.
Vivian WestermanVivian Westerman has worked on Jackson Square for 25 years doing portraits, caricatures and paintings.
April WhitecottonA north Louisiana native, April fell in love with New Orleans on her first visit in 2006. Although she's only been an artist by trade for a few years, it's been her passion since childhood.
Andrew WilkieAndrew loves using unique personalities to tell stories-often the people and their stories hail from New Orleans. His large scale portraits play with pigments and varied textures. If you like he's work, you can commission him to do a portrait for you.
Barbara YochumBarbara decided at the tender age of 5 to be an artist and never looked back. She paints angels, mermaids, and fairies because she says she was born intrigued with magic.
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