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A Good Gallery Walk in the Warehouse District
Start your walk on Camp and St. Joseph streets. Whet your appetite for art-buying inside the airy, contemporary, stone-and-glass-walled Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St. 504/539-9600), which houses the largest collection of Southern art anywhere. Across the street, the multidisciplinary Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St. 504/528-3805) hosts performances, concerts, and lectures, and runs stimulating and eclectic exhibitions by local and foreign artists. Pop in if there's an exhibition, and then continue on your way down Camp to Julia Street. Turn left when you get to Julia, where there are five gallery and studio spaces in the single block between this corner and St. Charles Avenue.
At Camp and Julia streets, you'll find the Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art (600 Julia St. 504/895-7375), located in the first of the Thirteen Sisters addresses that make up the historic Julia Street Row. Jean Bragg shows a mix of contemporary and historical paintings depicting Louisiana scenery and life, works by the famed Mississippi artist Walter Anderson, and pottery and crafts from the renowned Newcomb College.
As you head toward the river on Julia Street, detour up Magazine Street toward the French Quarter for a visit to New Orleans Artworks at New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio (727 Magazine St. 504/529–7279). Watch free, live, artist demonstrations from a front-row seat or shop the vibrant gallery full of sculptures and glassware in exotic shapes and hues—your purchase will fund education programs at this nonprofit gallery and school. Once outside the studio again, return to Julia and continue your walk toward the Mississippi.
Longtime champion of the visual arts scene in New Orleans, Arthur Roger maintains a world-class gallery (432-434 Julia St. 504/522-1999) that occupies two adjacent Julia Street addresses behind gleaming glass-walled facades. The gallery is a leader in representing prominent local artists and works from around the globe and is an influential presence in the national art scene.
On the next block, you'll find contemporary work with a political edge and a public conscience at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (400a Julia St. 504/522-5471).
Directly next door, the lofty whitewashed brick-and-glass space inside Soren Christensen (400 Julia St. 504/569-9501) provides a gorgeous backdrop for equally gorgeous and always excellent exhibitions, largely of contemporary painting, but sometimes of photography and sculpture.
Keep heading toward the river to Le Mieux Galleries (332 Julia St. 504/522-5988), where Gulf South artists are the stars; drawings, paintings, photography, and sculpture from throughout the region are showcased here.
Julia Street in the Warehouse District is the epicenter of New Orleans's contemporary art scene, and for art enthusiasts, a day on (and just off of) Julia is a requirement. The street is lined with galleries, specialty shops, and modern apartment buildings, with the greatest concentration stretching from South Peters Street to Carrollton Avenue.
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