Current Exhibitions

Gallery 600 Julia features talented Louisiana artists in curated monthly shows in the front room. With a superior and varied selection of artistic style and technique, the gallery always has an impressive and changing inventory of fine paintings.  Art Walk is hosted by all the galleries in the Arts District in the evening on the first Saturday of each month.  Gallery 600 Julia hosts the artist reception with refreshments on the First Saturday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

The Gallery will be open from 9:30am – 3:30 pm and longer by appointment.  

Please see Visiting Artists for the art of Ralph Songy, John Killeen and introducing Marne Meynig ART WALK SCHEDULE 2023   First Saturday, 6:00-8:00PM   Happy New Year!

January 7: Mickey Asche Ode to Audubon   February 4: (Feb 21 MG) Sean Randall  Gallery Gras  PREVIEW: March 3, 5-7 PM ; and March 4: Linda Lesperance, Meet You There!   April 1: Jammin’ on Julia  William B. Crowell   May 6: Camille Barnes   June 3: Stephanie Reed   July 1 Marne Meynig   August 5: White Linen Night Chuck Broussard   September 2: Sean Randall   October 7: Carol Hallock November 4: Diego Larguia   December 2: Holiday Cheers  Carol Scott

FEBRUARY 3 Preview, 5:00-7:00 PM and FEBRUARY 4, 6:00-8:00 PM: Gallery Gras: Sean Randall, Mardi Gras Portrait Series

I am an oil painter, originally from California’s Napa Valley. A lifelong doodler of portraits, urban landscapes, comics and illustrations, as well as a screen-printer and erstwhile designer, In 2007, I had my first solo exhibition in Redding California. In 2011, I moved to Portland, Oregon for the next five years. Portland was an incredible inspiration and provided the spark for virtually every painting I completed in this prolific, beer-soaked period.

I recently felt the pull of the road again and said farewell to Portland and hello to New Orleans. Unexpectedly, my work changed virtually the minute I stepped out of the moving truck. My New Orleans based work portrays the real folks who populate the streets outside my door. The blues men. The buskers. The drag queens. The gutter punks. The street poets. The cleaning ladies. The ones who make New Orleans the brash, grimy, soulful city she is beneath the tourist facades and ghost tours of the French Quarter. These are the people I’m interested in. I want to show the stories, smiles, tears and memories in their faces. These folks matter to me; and if I’m doing my job, they’ll matter to you.

The Mardi Gras Portrait Series started out as a 4-6 piece project depicting friends and acquaintances in their 2022 Mardi Gras costumes. However, as last year’s Carnival season began to heat up, I started seeing with fresh eyes, as if it were my first Mardi Gras, the kind of artistry this city and this season inspires in locals and even visitors. The inspiration was seemingly endless and the project went from 4 pieces to as many pieces as I could knock out. The subjects in these works have sewn and hot-glued so much creativity, joy and splendor into not just their costumes, but into their love and commitment to our city, our history, and our culture. This project is possibly the most special series I’ve worked on in my career and it will continue into 2023, and beyond…. 

FEAST for the EYES!  THE FOOD COURT  Paintings of New Orleans Favorite Food and Dining Experiences ….Catch your favorite New Orleans dish or server at the Cafe du Monde!  Many of these paintings fit into the “Smalls for the Walls” category, a size which can be placed almost anywhere.

Introducing Contemporary Realist Ralph Songy to the Gallery Food Court!

 

MARDI GRAS IS A NEW ORLEANS STATE OF MIND!  A tribute to our year-round culture bearers…