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Jackson Square Artists

Jackson Square | Artist Community | Artists | An Afternoon in Jackson Square

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.


Lee Tucker

Visual artist/photographer Lee Tucker has exhibited in galleries in the U.S. and England. He has had numerous one-man shows, including at Chicago's prestigious Steppenwolf Theater in tandem with a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire".
Tucker's art graces international collections such as those of Freeport-Indonesia, and the Omni, Wyndham, Holiday Inn, Westin and the Ritz-Carlton hotel groups.

Karla Hunt
 
Karla 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.

Andrew James
 
Andrew 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.
 
For his artwork, he uses pen, pencil, acrylic on reclaimed material from old Cypress to 120-year-old New Orleans French Quarter area roof slate, and more.

 

C.C. Miranda
 
A 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.

 

Miriam Ragan
 
Miriam 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. 

Sam Infiniti Hurwitch
 
A 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.

Vivian Westerman
 
Vivian Westerman has worked on Jackson Square for 25 years doing portraits, caricatures and paintings.

Varis Tameev
 
Varis 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. 

Crystal Obeidzinski
 
Crystal 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.

 

Lu Griffin-Tucker
 
Being of Cajun descent, Lu's oil paintings appeal to the senses of what Cajun is. In a world that's become so complicated, the simplicity of bayou life & it's surroundings are depicted on canvas with a painting knife. The essence is full, savory & delightful; filled with freshness & love - much like a good gumbo.

 


Cosmic Embryo
Alexander Greatness
 
Presently 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.

 


Are You a Jackson Square Artist?

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