Welcome to the sultry Summer 2019 Issue of New Orleans Canvas Magazine! The passing of Spring in New Orleans means shedding yet another layer to endure our Subtropical days & balmy nights. Many of our local artists take this period to recharge after a series of Spring shows and festivals. Summers are also a great time for artists in New Orleans to reflect and find new inspiration.
New Orleans Canvas Magazine always strives to find interesting and diverse artists to interview to inform & entertain our readers. This issue is no exception because it is the first time we’ve ever interviewed a burlesque dancer, a theater owner/puppeteer, and glass artist.
Our cover artist this time is burlesque producer and performer Trixie Minx, photographed by Frank Aymami. Frank met with Trixie for this portrait before her recent performance at The Saint Hotel, giving our readers can get a glimpse into her life as a burlesque performer. This is the first time Frank has ever done an assignment for us and we’re glad to have the opportunity to work with him.
We also interviewed puppeteer, playwright, and performance artist, Pandora Gastelum at the Mudlark Theater in the St. Claude Arts District. Pandora was generous enough to show us around her theater and let Pamela Reed photograph her beautiful handcrafted puppets. Pandora is the first puppeteer and theater owner we’ve ever interviewed for this magazine.
Our Summer issue also includes features on three established Uptown artists: Painters, Michael Guidry and Cheryl Anne Grace, who’ve both just finished a successful Jazz Fest season, and glass sculptor Carlos Zervigon, who’s diligently creating beautiful and delicate glass sculptures in his magnificent studio on Baronne Street. All three of these artists have bright and colorful futures ahead of them.
Pamela Reed and I were also very honored to meet and interview Christina Juran and Herman Kron from The New Orleans Art Center. Christina and Herman are more than just gallery owners. In addition to having a love for art, they also have a deep love for artists.
We hope that you enjoy this latest issue. Once again, a special thanks Pamela Reed for accompanying me on five of the six interviews and taking wonderful photos of the subjects and their art. We’re thrilled to see that our readership continues to grow. We plan on profiling other exciting artists in the future as well as offering new enhanced features for the visual arts community in the coming months.
With warmest regards,