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CBS Super Bowl PreGame Frenchy Tease
Frenchy worked with the CBS Sports PreGame crew over a two day span creating this Commercial / Tease which was aired at 4pm EST on CBS Super Bowl Sunday. Three 4' x 5 paintings were created for this commercial, one representing the Baltimore Ravens, the other representing the San Francisco 49'ers and the final painting of the coveted Lombardi Trophy positioned in front of the Superdome.

2018 New Orleans Jazz Fest Recap

The 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival brought in not only the best in music but the weather couldn’t have been nicer.  With only 2 hours of rain in over 10 days its what we all hope for heading into New Orleans for the Annunal Jazz Fest.

In typical Frenchy fashion, he brought his canvas to the fairgrounds to accomplish one thing, PAINT LIVE MUSIC and the FANS.  This year saw Frenchy paint a bit more of the crowd and what Jazz Fest really means to the locals and the regular Jazz Fest goers.

FIRST WEEKEND

New Breed Brass Band, Steel Pulse, Jon Batiste, David Byrne

WWOZ PIANO NIGHT

Marcia Ball, Davell Crawford, David Torkanowsky, Jon Cleary, Henry Gray

SECOND WEEKEND

Lionel Richie, Beck, JRAD (Late Night at Mardi Gras World), George Porter Jr & his Runnin’ Pardners, Radiators, Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue

 

2018 Musician Interview Series

For immediate release

The Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak Street) and its next-door-neighbor – the Frenchy Gallery (8314 Oak Street) – are pleased to announce the continuation in 2018 of their interview series spotlighting legendary Louisiana musicians in extended conversations on the weekday afternoons between weekends of Jazz Fest. The “Maple Leaf  Bar Interviews At Frenchy’s” launched in 2017 with interviews of George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich and Ellis Marsalis – and continue in 2018 with Grammy winners Philip Frazier, co-founder of the Rebirth Brass Band; and Louis Michot – co-founder of the Lost Bayou Ramblers –  plus multi-award winning guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington. The series is co-hosted by the bar and gallery; will take place at the gallery (8314 Oak Street) on the afternoons of Monday, April 30, 2018 – Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – at 2 pm each afternoon – and feature:

MONDAY, APRIL 30TH – PHILIP FRAZIER

TUESDAY, MAY 1ST – LOUIS MICHOT

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2ND – WALTER “WOLFMAN” WASHINGTON

The 45 minute interviews will be conducted by Edward R. Murrow award-winning radio producer and interviewer Fred Kasten. The interviews are free and the public is invited, though seating is limited.  Renowned New Orleans artist Frenchy – best known for his live paintings of music performances and sporting events – will be on hand to capture the interviews on canvas. Plans also call for the interviews to be archived and available for on-demand streaming at www.mapleleafbar.com.

Walter Wolfman Washington – “Save Your Love For Me”

For additional information please contact Fred Kasten – 504-458-0569 – [email protected]

French Quarter Festival 35th Anniversary Poster

Frenchy was commissioned by the French Quarter Festival to produce the 2018 Official poster to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Annual Music Festival.  For the 2018 French Quarter Festival poster, Frenchy pays homage to a range of genres and Louisiana musicians. The painting, which captures the energy and beauty of the Abita Beer Stage, features vivid colors and a collage of beloved cultural icons. As French Quarter Festival celebrates its 35 birthday during New Orleans Tricentennial, the poster turns this banner year into something timeless and tangible.

The French Quarter Festival is known as the largest music festival to showcase Louisiana music, food, and culture.  This year’s festival will take place on Thursday, April 12th through Sunday April 15th in the heart and soul of New Orleans.  The festival is free of charge and will showcase over 300 performances.

Crescent City Classic 40th Anniversary Poster

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k road race has been held in New Orleans each year on the Saturday before Easter since 1979. The Classic is locally produced by the not-for-profit Crescent City Fitness Foundation and has become an entertainment event in which both runners and walkers stay in shape. The Classic, which has become a Louisiana tradition, is physically challenging with its 10-kilometer course (6.2 miles) through some of New Orleans most historic neighborhoods. Beginning at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, the course winds its way through the French Quarter and Esplanade Avenue to its conclusion in New Orleans celebrated City Park.

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This year Frenchy was commissioned to depict a historical run through four decades of the Crescent City Classic since is the 40th Anniversary of the race.  Frenchy was truly honored to have the opportunity to work with the Crescent City Classic team.

2017 Jazz Fest & New Frenchy Online Shop

Festival season in New Orleans means it’s also Frenchy season. The renowned visual artist will be a fixture at the Fairgrounds during Jazz Fest, and you’ll also find him painting epic performances in music venues Uptown, Downtown and all points in between.

“Jazz Fest is in my soul and I am inspired to create by the passion I feel from musicians and music fans this time of year,” Frenchy said.

Indeed, Jazz Fest is Frenchy season and if you’re in New Orleans and want to shop for your latest work of art … by all means stop by our gallery at 8314 Oak Street. But that’s not the only way to connect with Frenchy and bring a bit of his light into your world … FrenchyLive.com also has a brand new gallery shop.

Visitors and locals alike can save time and luggage space by visiting our new gallery shop online And if you couldn’t make the trip to NOLA this year, well … Frenchy’s got you covered.

Frenchy’s online gallery store has never been easier to navigate, with a clean new design and a robust site search that works seamless on mobile devices and computers. Frenchy will be adding new projects throughout Jazz Fest, so there’s never been a better time to shop for your next piece of artwork at FrenchyLive.com.

FRENCHY GALLERY TO HOST MUSICIAN INTERVIEW SERIES

The Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak Street) and its next-door-neighbor – the Frenchy Gallery (8314 Oak Street) – are pleased to announce the launch of a new interview series spotlighting legendary New Orleans musicians in extended conversations on the weekday afternoons between weekends of Jazz Fest 2017. The “Maple Leaf Bar Interviews At Frenchy’s” are co-hosted by the bar and gallery; will take place at the gallery (8314 Oak Street) on the afternoons of Monday, May 1, 2017 – Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and Wednesday, May 3, 2017 and feature:

MONDAY, MAY 1st @ 3pm

GEORGE PORTER, JR.

TUESDAY, MAY 2ND @ 4pm

JOHNNY VIDACOVICH

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3RD @ 3pm

ELLIS MARSALIS

The 45 minute interviews will be conducted by Edward R. Murrow award-winning radio producer and interviewer Fred Kasten. The interviews are free and the public is invited, though seating is limited.  There will be a cash bar – and renowned New Orleans artist Frenchy– best known for his live paintings of music performances and sporting events – will be on hand to capture the interviews on canvas. Plans also call for the interviews to be archived and available for on-demand streaming at www.mapleleafbar.com .

Lifetime Achievement in Music Interview
w/ Johhny Vidacovich

Frenchy Teams up with Brees & McConaughey

Frenchy is super-excited to team up with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, wife Brittany Brees and Oscar-winning  actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila, to raise charitable funds in conjunction with the legendary CBS network reality show, the Amazing Race.

“Drew and Matthew are two of my heroes – men who have reached the top of their profession, but remain grounded in who they are and what they want to contribute to make our world a better place,” Frenchy said. “I am humbled and honored to be a part of this very special project and to be included in a legendary TV show, the Amazing Race.”

The event kicks off Friday, April 7, with the Rules Party and reception at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans. The Amazing Race begins the next morning in the French Quarter and is followed by a private concert at the House of Blues that night featuring Kenny Chesney.

Frenchy will be capturing the experience on canvas to help raise money for the Drew Brees Foundation and the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation. Proceeds benefit after school fitness and wellness programs in the New Orleans area, as well as charities throughout the United States.

For tickets to the Amazing Race Kenny Chesney concert benefitting these wonderful charities, please visit: http://concerts1.livenation.com/event/1B005245B70218F5

About the Brees Dream Foundation:
The Brees Dream Foundation was founded in 2003 and is a reliable source of charitable funding globally. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.

Since its inception 12 years ago, Drew and Brittany Brees have contributed over $25,000,000 to charitable causes globally through the foundation.

About the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation:

While filming Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey was struggling with the passing of his father. It was during this time that he was overtaken by a saying that would soon change his life: “just keep livin” or “j.k. livin” as it’s called.

As life continued forward, he found that the just keep livin approach helped him navigate through the good times and bad times, stay true to his ideals, and make the best out of this adventure we call life.

When Matthew established his foundation, naming it “just keep livin” was a natural fit. It captured so many aspects of health and well-being and applies to all facets of life. He included his father, “Pop”, on the logo in remembrance of the saying’s origin.

The just keep livin foundation is based on the idea that part of living is about giving back. In addition to creating things you love with the people you love, Matthew firmly believes in helping others and in being a good neighbor.

2017 WWOZ Piano Night at House of Blues

Frenchy is honored and excited to be part of WWOZ’s annual fundraiser, Piano Night, right in the heart of Jazz Fest – May 1, 7 p.m. at House of Blues. The 29th edition of Piano Night is subtitled “Back to the Roots,” and for good reason, this Piano Night will be a return to the original concept: solo pianists, playing one at a time, on the main stage at the HOB.

While not a trained musician, Frenchy has passion for the piano and loves when notes pass through him and onto canvas.

“How can you not be excited to join legends like Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Joe Krown, David Torkanowsky, Tom McDermott, Josh Paxton, John Gros, Tom Worrel, and Al “Lil Fats” Jackson?” Frenchy said. “New Orleans, our music and our artists are my passion – events like this move me and they deliver a spiritual righteousness that makes our city different than any place in the world.”

As usual, Piano Night will feature an amazing line-up of players, each of whom is a torch-bearer of the New Orleans Piano Tradition. General Admission tickets on the floor are $52.25, plus fees, and available at http://concerts1.livenation.com/event/1B005271C6A7A9F6 . Several tiers of VIP tickets, featuring reserved seating and cuisine by Jacque-Imo’s, are also available. Discounted parking will be available at Canal Place.

Frenchy Invited to Paint 2017 NFL Draft in Philly

Frenchy is honored to have been included in the last several Super Bowls with ESPN and the NFL, documenting the world’s biggest sporting event and all of its associated events on canvas. As part of the NFL relationship, the New Orleans artist has forged a lasting bond with Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl XV quarterback Ron Jaworski, the ESPN network, and the City of Philadelphia over the last decade.

Through these special bonds, Frenchy has been invited by ESPN to paint this year’s NFL Draft in Philadelphia.  This year’s draft takes place April 27-29 and begins on Thursday, April 27th, on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.  Frenchy will be capturing the event as he sees it, in real time, in conjunction with his friends in Philly.

“It’s no coincidence that the NFL Draft takes place in the spring – a time of renewal for all of us, football teams included,” Frenchy said. “Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love and I’m excited to share my passion for the game with friends, fans and Philadelphians as part of this very special event on ESPN.”

Frenchy to Capture Super Bowl LI Week in Houston

RENOWNED ARTIST ‘FRENCHY’ TO CAPTURE SUPER BOWL WEEK IN HOUSTON ON CANVAS FOR ESPN, MAXIM & NBC

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans-based artist Frenchy – internationally known in fine art circles and beyond for his sports and music paintings – will “paint the town” in Houston for Super Bowl week with a full slate of painting performances scheduled in Texas from Feb. 2-5. Known for vividly capturing events on canvas in real time with style and flair, Frenchy will be a frequent guest on ESPN sets during Super Bowl week and will paint several special events, including Mike Ditka and Ron Jaworski’s “Cigars with the Stars” fundraiser for the NFL Alumni Foundation and Maxim Magazine’s annual Super Bowl celebration.

“I am honored to be back in Houston to help celebrate Super Bowl week,” Frenchy said. “My hometown of New Orleans has a close relationship with Houston – our cities are there for each other and I’m eager to include the spirit of such a great city in my artwork. It’s very humbling to be invited back to another Super Bowl and I’m humbled to know that my work has gained acceptance and notoriety in the sports world.”

Frenchy’s full Super Bowl Week itinerary is as follows (all times Eastern):

FEB. 2
7-10 p.m.: Mike Ditka and Ron Jaworki’s Cigars with the Stars
5-8 pm: NBC Segment

FEB. 3
4-8 a.m.:  Mike and Mike Radio Show (ESPN)

FEB. 4
7-11 p.m.: Maxim Magazine Party

About Frenchy
New Orleans visual artist Randy Leo Frechette, better known as Frenchy, vividly captures live events in real-time on canvas with style and flair. A regular at live music events such as Farm Aid and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Frenchy captivates audiences with brush strokes inspired by rhythms and melodies. At live sporting events, Frenchy feeds off crowd energy and on-field action to produce world class paintings that are popular with art collectors and sports fans alike. Frenchy has a 3000 sqf gallery located Uptown in New Orleans and his work is available online at FrenchyLive.com.

Contact
Paul Corliss
Grizzly Sports & Entertainment Marketing
917-621-5744 | [email protected]

 

2017 Heineken Mardi Gras Campaign

Heineken USA & National Ad Agency TrackyLocke commissioned Frenchy to produce this year’s creative for the 2017 Mardi Gras marketing campaign.

The Concept
New Orleans is home to one of the richest and most diverse cultural communities in the world. It’s a refuge of food, music, art and cultural spirit, which give the city a powerful sense of identity and Heineken wanted to be a part of that experience.  To do so, they needed to integrate the brand in an authentic and credible way.  Heineken isn’t the type brand that just slaps huge logos all over the city begging for attention.  They wanted to be part of the city and on the streets of NOLA. They wanted to be a part of the excitement of Mardi Gras and the true cultural experience it brings to the city. They wanted to do it in a way that proves they truly understand the culture and deserve to be there.

Execution
With the help of Frenchy, Heineken and TraceyLocke were able to do just that. Utilizing the parade as the main subject matter it allowed Frenchy to use his creative mastery to incorporate everything from authentic Mardi Gras masks and beads, to musical instruments, local architecture, and of course parade floats.

Frenchy hit a home run on this one.

 

2017 Krewe of Tucks Grand Marshall

The Krewe of Tucks invited Frenchy to be the 2017 Grand Marshall at the annual Krewe of Tucks Parade the Saturday before Mardi Gras on February 25th, 2017.

What can eye say?!?  Words could nevaH express how honored I am to be selected as the Grand Marshal for the Amazing Tucks Parade 2017.  The Krewe has graciously provided us with a float, and a marching group.  My easel is to be securely fastened, as eye paint, roll & dance through the love… of our amazing New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration. My team and eye are creating customized throws, using old paint tubes and things that have accumulated in my studio over the last 20 years of service, as a New Orleans self-taught American artist, and documentarian of our funky culture through our funky lens – wheeeewwww! Yeah you freak’n rite!

Have a blessed day!

Big love,

Frenchy

Washington Mardi Gras Poster

For over 60 years the Mystick Krewe of Louisianian’s has brought the pageantry, revelry and mystery of Mardi Gras to our nations Capital to host an annual Carnival Ball.  This year the Mystick Krewe of Louisianian’s has selected and commissioned Frenchy to produce the 2017 Washington Mardi Gras poster.  The theme of this years celebration is “Louisiana: Love Health, and Happiness”.  The Krewe has also invited and commissioned Frenchy to paint live at the Carnival Ball on February 11th in D.C.

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2017 Washington Mardi Gras

 

2016 ESPN Monday Night Football NOLA

This painting was produced live during the ESPN Monday Night Football game on September 26th, 2016 at the New Orleans Superdome. The New Orleans Saints took host to the Atlanta Falcons.

This painting was produced in Frenchy Galleries on Oak Street as part of the ESPN Monday Night Football Film Shoot of Steve Gleason. Steve and his family were invited to the gallery to film and River Steve’s son helped Frenchy with a few strokes on the painting.

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Frenchy paints Dead n Company in Boulder

On July 3rd & 4th 2016 the Dead n Company took stage at University of Colorado’s Folsom Field to put on a memorable concert.  Frenchy was there to capture the moment on canvas.

Dead N Company in Boulder 2016

ADVENTURES WITH FRENCHY: JOHN SINCLAIR’S BLOG – 02

ADVENTURES WITH FRENCHY IN MEMPHIS

By John Sinclair

Frenchy and I have been close friends for the entire 21st century, starting in February 2000 when he painted my “Burning Down The House” benefit at the House of Blues and gave me his painting at the end of the night. But we really got to know each other when we met up in Memphis one afternoon early in 2001.

The Meters were being honored by NARAS, the group behind the Grammys, with a lifetime achievement award at the Pyramid center on the Mississippi River. I had been commissioned to write the story of The Meters for the program booklet, and in lieu of an appropriate fee I had negotiated myself a trip from New Orleans to Memphis on the Amtrak train to attend the festivities.

There was to be a performance by The Meters in the evening, following the afternoon awards ceremony, and I had noted that the Triple-A Memphis Chicks would be playing an afternoon ballgame in their new downtown stadium. Memphis has a very short streetcar line that runs along the river from downtown to the Pyramid and back, so after the ceremony I hopped on the streetcar and headed downtown for the ball game.

The cars on the line are old-fashioned open-air models, and I was about halfway to downtown when I heard my name called out from the river side of the tracks. I couldn’t imagine who was hollering at me—a couple of cats sitting at a picnic table by the river enjoying a refreshment—but when I looked closer it was Frenchy and Pete Bechnel laughing and pointing at me.

I jumped off the streetcar at the next stop and dashed back to their spot by the tracks to pay my respects and have a few laughs. Frenchy was in town to paint The Meters performance that evening, and I forgot about the baseball game to spend the rest of the day and the night with the cats from New Orleans. The high point, as always, was watching Frenchy at work as he translated the imagery and energy of the performance into a brilliant painting that captured everything good about the occasion for all time.

The next time we were in Memphis together I was there to document a recording session by the great bluesman Willie King in order to compose the liner notes for his next album, and Frenchy had been commissioned to paint B.B. King in performance in a rare appearance at his blues club on Beale Street.

When we got to the club Frenchy installed me in a seat right at ringside to take in the entire presentation by my idol, the Beale Street Blues Boy, and his fantastic orchestra while Frenchy captured them in paint. This was one of the most perfect musical experiences I’ve ever enjoyed, and once again I got to watch Frenchy up close while he worked his magic on the music. Thanks, French!

—Amsterdam
June 18, 2016

Frenchy’s 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest Recap

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!

A wicked big “THANK YOU” to all the production crews that rocked it during Jazz Fess, and a wicked big “THANK YOU” to all the Artists that performed… And an even bigger wicked big “THANK YOU” to all the “FANS” of music, love, life, & art, for it is “this collaboration” of like-minded souls that has the power to propel positive vibrations to heal our world.

I would like to personally send out a few big Thank Youz.

Thank you to my wife and son for your unmeasurable love, & sharing me with the universe. Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me life. Thank you to New Orleans. Thank you Jazz Fess. Thank you to Joox, Collison Conference & Scandy for inventing new ways to change the world.  Thank you Trombone Shorty Foundation. Thank you Scramble Campbell, Dino Perrucci, Scotty Guion, Jeffrey Dupre, Tina Marie Verdin-Frechette, and the Xavier University Art Department, Kara & Alex, on behalf of my family, thank you all for collaborating with us its a true honor to have your art on our Gallery walls.

Yeah You Right!
– Frenchy

Friday 4/22/16

Frenchy kicked off Jazz Fest with a live painting of Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr over at the Congo Square Stage at the Jazz Fest Fairgrounds. Closing out the first day was Steely Dan. Frenchy was there too, capturing a live painting of the jazz rock legends.

Once day 1 of Jazz Fest concluded, Frenchy headed over to the newly renovated Orpheum Theater to create a performance painting of his all-time favorite band, The Original Meters.  This painting was a collaborative effort with long time friend and live painting colleague, Scramble Campbell.

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FRENCHY & SCRAMBLE CAMPBELL COLLABORATION
The Orpheum Theater
April 22nd 2016
30″ x 40″

Prints Now Available
Original Available

Saturday 4/23/16

Frenchy and Scramble were at it again, collaborating on an original painting of Anders Osborne’s performance over at the Acura Stage. The next piece Frenchy worked on was capturing the amazing Pearl Jam (see the painting of Pearl Jam’s 2010 performance) show to close out day 2.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Acura Stage
April 23rd, 2016
30″ x 40″

Prints Now Available
Original Available

Sunday 4/24/16

On Sunday, Frenchy had a blast painting from the Acura Stage with his good friends the New Orleans Suspects. Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out the final day of the 1st weekend. Another one of Frenchy’s all-time favorites, the Chili Peppers, did not disappoint and Frenchy channeled all of their funk rock energy into a brand new painting.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Acura Stage
April 24th, 2016
30″ x 40″

Prints Now Available
Original Available

Monday 4/25/16

With a packed schedule, Frenchy had to shift focus painting music to corporate commissions as he had an event in the French Quarter with luxury carmaker, Jaguar. He was back for another Art of Performance live painting.

Tuesday 4/26/16

Frenchy kept on truckin’ with another corporate gig on Tuesday, partnering up with technology startup Scandy 360.  He produced the first ever Live 360 Painting in the middle of the Collison Conference at the New Orleans County Convention Center.

Wednesday 4/27/16

The annual Free Oak Street Festival was in full effect on Wednesday with the New Orleans Suspects rocking out a fantastic show. Frogs Gone Fishin’ kept the music flowing in the gallery.  Frenchy and Scramble did a collaborative piece live in the front windows of the gallery of Frogs ripping it. Joox Music was a partner for this event. Joox is an incredible new app for musicians, venues and visual artists. Check them out!

Thursday 4/28/16

Frenchy partnered with the Trombone Shorty Foundation and produced a live painting for Shorty & the New Orleans Avenue w/ Special Guest Gary Clark Jr at the House of Blues. His original artwork raised over $2k for the foundation with the sale of his painting.

Friday 4/29/16

Finally a break to relax and take all of it in!

Saturday 5/30/16

Even though the rain was in the forecast and on its way, Frenchy still set up and started sketching out his annual Jazz fest Scene painting. He couldn’t complete the painting due to weather, however he was able to get a great perspective of the Acura Stage and will be completing the painting over the coming week in his Oak Street Studio.

Another year, another amazing New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Great music, good friends, amazing fun, and the vibrant works of Frenchy.

Frenchy and Scramble Campbell’s collaboration at the Anders Osbourne show:

Anders Osborne 2016 Jazz Fest

ANDERS OSBORNE
FRENCHY & SCRAMBLE CAMPBELL COLLABORATION
New Orleans Jazz Fest Acura Stage
April 24th, 2016
24″ x 36″

Prints Now Available
Original Available

#SaveDatSound w/ Shorty Foundation

tasc Performance partners with Trombone Shorty and artist Frenchy to #SaveDatSound with the Trombone Shorty Foundation

#SaveDatSound shirts and a percentage of tascPerformance sales on 4/29 will support music education in New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA – April 21, 2016) tasc Performance is proud to partner with renowned musician Trombone Shorty and New Orleans artist Frenchy to support the #SaveDatSound Campaign. Proceeds from the sale of the #SaveDatSound commemorative T-shirt, designed by Frenchy and printed on tasc Performance signature shirts, will benefit the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In addition, tasc Performance will donate a percentage of online sales to the Trombone Shorty Foundation on April 29.

“Partnering to benefit organizations like the Trombone Shorty Foundation is in the fabric of who we are,” said Todd Andrews, tasc Performance Co-Founder and President.  “As a New Orleans born and based apparel company, we consider it our honor to help foster and preserve the things that make our city great, and that certainly includes our rich musical heritage.”

Founded by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2013, the Trombone Shorty Foundation is Andrews’ vision of sharing his passion to inspire the next generation by developing their musical talent and connecting them to the city’s unique musical heritage. The Foundation fosters music education programming for New Orleans youth.

“Working with these kids, training them in not only the music, but in the business of being a musician, we are making sure that the foundation of New Orleans’ musical heritage is rock solid and will be for generations to come,” said Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. “While the city – and the music –  evolves, our job is to help keep the culture as vibrant for the kids coming up today as it was for me.”

In bringing together music, art and philanthropic vision, tasc Performance, Trombone Shorty and Frenchy are creating a powerful fusion of some of the best things about New Orleans.

The exclusive #SaveDatSound shirts will be available at Shorty Fest, the largest fundraiser of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, on April 29 at the New Orleans House of Blues and at the Frenchy Gallery on Oak Street in the Riverbend. In conjunction with Shorty Fest, tasc Performance will donate a percentage of it’s sales at tascPerformance.com on April 29 to the Trombone Shorty Foundation.

More about tasc Performance

tasc Performance was brought to life in 2009 with one mission: the reinvention of performance apparel. The New Orleans-based, active apparel, company was founded and is operated by the Andrews family, which has a 40-year legacy in the garment industry. After years of dealing with the compromises of polyester athletic apparel – skin irritation, bad odor and more – Al Andrews, former Tulane University basketball standout (All SEC ‘65-’66) charged his son Todd with the difficult task of finding a solution to the polyester problem.

Over a 2+ year period of natural fiber research and textile engineering, the BamCo® (patent-pending) fabric finishing process was created. This process combines viscose from bamboo and organic cotton to create fabrics that hit every metric: Performance (moisture wicking, drying rate, UPF 50+), Feel (absolutely amazing), and Durability (color fastness, shape retention, easy care, anti-odor). tasc now has over ten proprietary fabrics that are built for the mission of enhancing the active experience through the innovation of original fabrics. www.tascperformane.com

More about Trombone Shorty Foundation

Founded by renowned New Orleans musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2013, the foundation is Andrews’ vision of sharing his passion to inspire the next generation by developing their musical talent and connecting them to the city’s unique musical heritage. Frontman of the band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Andrews credits the support of his own positive role models in the rich New Orleans music community for helping him make his way into the world of music, where he has grown into an internationally recognized Grammy Award-nominated artist.

The Foundation partners with Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South to deliver two music education programs offering underserved high school students the opportunity to pursue music as a career: the Trombone Shorty Academy music performance program and the Fredman Music Business Institute. The programs provide mentorship in music performance and education about the business side of the music industry. www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org.

More about Frenchy

Frenchy Paints With Soul and Celebration as he travels the world capturing live music performances, festivals, fundraisers and sporting events with style and finesse. From his palette comes vibrantly colored brush strokes inspired by rhythms and melodies, giving emotions a shape in real time. His vivid, energetic pieces captivate art collectors, sports fans and music lovers alike, as if they had the best seat in the house. Based in the talent-rich city of New Orleans, Frenchy is an ambassador to the arts and a bastion of creativity.  You can find Frenchy and his work on Oak Street at his gallery next to the Maple Leaf Bar. www.frenchylive.com

2016 Jazz Fest Gallery Happenings!

Come Party on Oak Street with some Art, Live Music & Food

This year we would like to welcome three guest Artists whose work will be on display at the Oak Street gallery throughout the two weeks of Jazz Fest.  Long time friend and live artist Scramble Campbell, NYC and Music Photographer Dino Perrucci and fellow studio artist Scott Guion are this years guest artists.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE GALLERY FOR JAZZ FEST

Friday, April 22nd
Matt Lemmier (8pm – 11pm)

Wednesday, April 27th
Frogs Gone Fishing  Trio (7pm – 9pm)
Acoustic

Friday, April 29th
Joshua Q Paxton (8pm – 11pm)
Tribute to James Booker

Saturday, April 30th
Tom Worrell (8pm – 11pm)
Tribute to Allen Toussaint

FRENCHY LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

April 22nd – 24th
NO Jazz Fest Fairgrounds

Friday, April 22nd
Original Meters @ the Orpheum

Thursday April 28th
Shorty Fest @ HOB

April 28th – May 1st
NO Jazz Fest Fairgrounds

GUEST ARTIST ON DISPLAY AT 8314 OAK STREET

2015 Shorty Jazz Fest Scramble Campbell

Scramble Campbell
Colorado based artist Keith ‘Scramble’ Campbell is nationally recognized for his paintings ‘live and in concert’ because he actually attends concerts where he completes paintings during the course of a single performance.

Dino Perrucci
With a career that spans nearly three decades, Dino Perucci is a seasoned photographer whose talent has earned him the acclaim of musicians and music lovers alike.  Born and raised in Merrick, Long Island, Dino’s early fascination with music photography was evidenced by his bedroom walls, which were plastered with posters and photos of live performances.

Scott Guion
Scott Guion is a painter born in New Orleans in 1971,who’s work fuses classical realist technique with modern pop surrealism. He currently resides in Nashville with his wife, son, two cats, and two dogs.

 

 

Painting Jaguar’s The Art of Performance

The mere thought of the Jaguar brand imparts style and sophistication. This legendary luxury nameplate knows how to brand and market. They also know how to have fun. So while conducting the 2016 Product Training meetings in New Orleans they invited Frenchy out to do a live painting. He took part in the Art of Performance Parade, an event to kickoff the Jaguar XE marketing campaign. The parade capped off a week of education and training for Jaguar associates and showcased the full line-up of automobiles. He created a painting of the live action and that painting was made into a poster for each of the attendees.

 

 

Adventures with Frenchy: John Sinclair’s Blog – 01

Hi everybody, I’m John Sinclair and I‘ve been invited to contribute to the frenchylive blog on a regular basis, so I’ll call this column Adventures With Frenchy and get started at the beginning of things by going back to my first encounter with this great artist who was to become one of my very closest friends in the world.

I lived in Michigan for my first 50 years and moved to New Orleans in 1991 to begin 12 of the happiest years of my life here with my wife Penny, writing for music magazines, performing my poetry, producing records, and serving as a volunteer broadcaster on WWOZ radio.

I hosted the New Orleans Music Show every Wednesday afternoon and had the unbelievable pleasure of meeting many of my musical idols when they came to the station or played at events we sponsored. I shared a microphone with scores of New Orleans musicians and produced a series of live broadcasts featuring their music, including Piano Night at Tipitina’s and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

In January 2000 my wife Penny and I were out of town when a terrific hailstorm ravaged New Orleans and our house on Rampart Street caught fire and suffered serious damage. Most of our possessions were destroyed by fire and water damage and the place was uninhabitable.

Our shock and trepidation when we returned to the smoking ruins of our home were allayed when our friends Jerry Brock and Bill Taylor met us to say they were arranging a benefit concert at the House of Blues to raise money for the recovery of our household.

The show was held a couple of weeks later featuring a host of musical friends including Coco Robicheaux, Eddie Bo, Deacon John, James Andrews and the Treme Brass Band, Snooks Eaglin, and Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias.

From my vantage point on the stage I could see a little cluster of light at the back of the hall and what looked like some frenzied character slashing away at a huge canvas with a succession of paint brushes. I couldn’t tell what he was doing, but it was quite a compelling sight.

At the end of the night, a paint-spattered individual wrestling with a huge canvas came staggering up and introduced himself as Frenchy the painter. He wheeled the canvas around and showed me what he’d been doing back there: while the musicians were playing, Frenchy was painting each of them in action and situating the performers in sort of an on-stage circle pulsing with life that beautifully captured all the energy and excitement of the evening.

I was blown away by the painting and almost overwhelmed when he presented me with the painting itself as his contribution to the spirit of the event. Our long friendship began at that very point, and that painting served as an inspirational centerpiece around which we began to reconstruct our living quarters after the building was repaired.

— New Orleans
March 10, 2016

Painting at Chefs for Cancer in New York City

Cookies for Kid’s Cancer is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the United States. CKC provides inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events.

On Tuesday, February 23rd, the charity will hold the 2016 Chef’s for Kids’ Cancer Event at the Metropolitan West in New York City to raise funds for childhood cancer research. A bunch of renowned chefs including Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Dorie Greenspan, Dan Kluger, and many more will be on hand to prepare a 4-course custom meals for individual tables while pastry chefs create 14 different cookies. Guests can participate in a live auction with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and a private concert from Singer/Songwriter Jill Hennessy. Frenchy will be there to paint the action live and the final piece will be on of the items auctioned off.

Studio Painting of Iconic Yankee Yogi Berra

It’s like deja vu all over again! Frenchy continues his relationship with The Connecticut Sports Foundation with another painting. He couldn’t make it to the Foundation’s Celebrity Dinner this year do to another engagement so he created a studio piece featuring the legendary Yogi Berra. The iconic New York Yankee catcher once said, “I’m lucky. Usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine.” This painting was presented to the Yogi Berra Family on behalf of the CT Sports Foundation and Frenchy.  This painting will be on display in the Yogi Berra Museum.

 

 

Frenchy to be Featured in Steam Magazine

Frenchy – live painter, artist, philanthropist, cover boy? Yep, Frenchy will be interviewed and featured on the cover of Texas entertainment, art, and music weekly, Steam Magazine. Stay tuned because the issue hitting the streets and web at the end of February will be an interview and four page spread.

 

Piano Night Featuring John Sinclair

John Sinclair, Tom Worrell, and Frenchy Mix it up at the Gallery!

American poet and iconic folk hero, John Sinclair, will meet up with Frenchy and Tom Worrell at Frenchy’s New Orleans art gallery Friday February 12th. They will take part in Acoustioptics+synesthesia +poetry =freedom!!! Together these guys will weave music, spoken word, and painting, seamlessly blending three modes of art.

John will have his new book “It’s All Good” for sale at Frenchy Gallery and will be available for signing after the show.

This is truly going to be a stirring and soulful event. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience three amazing talents together on Oak Street!

February Piano Night Schedule w/John Sinclair:

  • February 12th: John Sinclair, Tom, Lionel Batiste Jr & Frenchy (7 – 10pm)
  • February 19th: John Sinclair, Tom, Lionel Batiste Jr & Frenchy (7 – 10pm)
  • February 26th: John Sinclair, Tom, Lionel Batiste Jr & Frenchy (7 – 10pm)

March Piano Night Schedule:

  • March 4th:  Matt Lemmier (7 – 10pm)
  • March 11th: Tom Worrell (7 – 10pm)
  • March 18th: Josh Paxton (7 – 10pm)
  • March 25th: Steve Mallinoski 7 – 10pm)

What is Live Painting?

We throw the terms “live painting” and “performance painting” around a lot on this site and realize maybe not everyone is sure what it is. If you’re familiar with Frenchy then you know. If you’re new to the Frenchy scene then maybe we better explain a little more.

Live painting can be planned or improvisational art where artists create a painting in a public setting in real time. Often, live painting is of a musical event, cultural event, corporate party, wedding, or some sort of gathering. This lends to the performance aspect of the creation. For instance, if the painter is capturing the performance of a live rock band on canvas he can entertain the crowd as he paints while the music and the crowd energy feeds the painter. Where a fine art piece is generally completed by the artist in a studio or private space, a live painting is executed in and during the event and the artist uses his style to interpret the energy and the performance taking place.

Frenchy is an artist located in New Orleans that creates fine art pieces including abstracts, portraits, and landscapes, but developed a reputation and following around his dazzling live paintings. Frenchy commands an audience as he creates paintings because he feeds off the energy of the event and the vibe of the audience. Frenchy moves back and forth taking bold strokes on the canvas and adding splashes of color. He often becomes a secondary performance as concertgoers and event attendees gather around him to watch the painting unfold.

Live Painting: Music “Acoustioptics:

This is Frenchy’s nucleus! Surrounded by the sounds of New Orleans and asked to cover some of the world’s biggest bands at shows around the world, Frenchy has immortalized performances at concerts like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Farm Aid, VooDoo Fest, Hangout Fest, and so much more. He’s captured jazz artists like Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, rockers such as the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and KISS, alternative rock artists like My Morning Jacket, and musical legends such as Allen Toussaint, The Meters, BB King, Fats Domino, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young.

Bela Fleck @ 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival | 30" x 40"

Bela Fleck | Bonnaroo 2003

Live Painting: Sporting Events

The palpable buzz around sports; boxing, football, basketball – anything – is another environment live painting thrives in. Whether it’s the Olympics, Monday Night Football, or behind the scenes on the set of Mike and Mike in the Morning, or being showcased on MSG Network during Knicks games, Frenchy is there painting the performance as it happens.  Frenchy was the New Orleans Saints Team Artist from 2001 – 2007, painting all the home games  “Live” from the sidelines in the Super Dome.

Miami vs Saints 2013

Live Painting: Corporate Events and Fundraising Galas

This is another gathering that is covered by a photographer. Add a live painter to the event and not only take away an unforgettable memento, but have another element of entertainment guests will never forget.  Frenchy partnered with Cisco Systems in 2011 as part of their Partner Summit and captured Irma Thomas live during her opening ceremony performance.  That painting was produced into 1,000 prints which were hand delivered to the guest the very next day.  We Exceed Expectations!!

Live Painting: Cultural Events

The pageantry of parades and festivals are fertile ground for a live painting. Music, performers, food, festive decorations, and  happy people create an energy suitable for a live painting to happen

Live Painting: Weddings

Frenchy sets up at the reception and sketches out the backdrop. As the wedding party rolls on, he interprets moments throughout the evening, translating them to the canvas. Unlike a wedding video that you never watch, a live painting of your wedding is truly unique keepsake.

Outdoor Wedding live painting

Live Painting of Outdoor Wedding

Painting in 2015: A Look Back at a Great Year

Woooo! 2015 was an excellent year for Frenchy, Frenchylive Studios, Acoustioptics, and live painting in general. Frenchy rolled out of 2014 creating live paintings for a corporate function and live TV at CNBC Asia and found himself in the middle of China’s Umbrella Revolution.

Frenchy Captures Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution

2015 began with the news that Frenchy was chosen to paint the official poster art for that year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This incredible honor was further dignified by making Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Mardi Gras Indians the subject of this painting. Sadly Bo passed away soon after giving this studio art piece even deeper meaning.

Now let’s see, 2015 also saw Frenchy having his work featured on a Liberty Puzzle, met up with coach Jon Gruden again to create a live painting on the set of Chalk Talk, created two paintings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, painted live musical performances at events like Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, and helped non-profit fundraisers such as Harrah’s Fashion Show, Gleason Gras, and the Black & Gold Gala by contributing live paintings of the events to be auctioned off.

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Finally some of the biggest news came with the Frenchylive Gallery on Oak St. moving to bigger and better digs right across the street and smack-dab between two famous French Quarter hot spots; The Maple Leaf Bar and Jacques Imo’s Cafe. This bigger space allows Frenchy to show off more of his work while also lending a unique space for events like weddings and parties. The space is also perfect for the Acoustioptics Artists-in-Residence Program. This is a two-month art education program available open to all senior art departments within New Orleans colleges or universities, and will provide 2-3 working artist’s studios for use as the department’s own.

Frenchy Gallery - 8314 Oak Street

We thank and love you all for following us, supporting us, hanging out, following us on social media, spreading the word, sharing the love, feeling the vibes etc, etc. We look forward to an exciting and enriching 2016.

Frenchy Offerring Artist in Residence Program

After more than a decade, the Frenchy Gallery at 8319 Oak Street is moving. But don’t be alarmed–the new space is just across the street, at 8314 Oak Street, right next to the famous Maple Leaf Bar – which is where Frenchy began painting live music in Nola and can still be found there painting on Tuesdays nights for Rebirth. So, why the move?

“Oak Street is my home and I am very excited to share our new gallery with the beautiful people of New Orleans,” Frenchy said. “While our gallery space across the street was magical, our growth and aspirations for artistic programming necessitated a move and once this beautiful spot next to the Maple Leaf opened, we jumped at the opportunity to make even more magic and continue building the unique culture of Oak Street.”

It’s been a lifelong dream of Frenchy’s to provide an incubator for young artists and we’re happy to say his dream has come true in this much larger space!

Along with the official move, the Frenchy Gallery is now offering the Acoustioptics Artist in Residence Program. This two-month art education program will be available open to all senior art departments within New Orleans colleges or universities, and will provide 2-3 working artist’s studios for use as the department’s own.  

Artists participating in this program will have the opportunity to work on their live painting skills regularly in the Frenchy Gallery. “This will help build confidence and public relations skills that young artists need to further their career,” said Frenchy. Each department in the Acoustioptics Artist in Residence program will have the unique responsibility of holding a gallery opening in the first month, and a closing or exit show in the second month.

Students will gain exposure and experience as live painting artists not only by painting live at the Frenchy Gallery, they will also benefit from Frenchy’s social reach. Information about the artists and their paintings will be shared with the nearly 30,000 Frenchy fans on a regular basis. Not to mention, Frenchy will be on-site in his separate studio 6-7 days a week and will make himself available for consult with students frequently.

Frenchy is looking forward to the possibilities in this new space, helping prepare the next generation of American artists with the necessary real-world skills required to thrive as world-class artists. Art will save the world, yeah you rite!

Visit the new digs!

Grand opening: TBD

For more information on the Acoustioptics Artist in Residence Program with the Frenchy Gallery, contact: [email protected]

History: Live Painting the Rebirth Brass Band

Jazz was born in New Orleans. The African and French culture brewing in this highly trafficked port city created the perfect breeding ground for musical evolution. New Orleans is a confluence of influence, with traditions augmented by the influx of trade from seaports and the Mississippi River. Here, the spirituals, field hollers, gospels, and cakewalks of the African American South meld with the ragtime of St. Louis, take bits of inspiration from white, European classical music, and get an infusion from the raucous celebratory tunes and soulful dirges of the Creoles. This all came together to lay the foundation for America’s most distinctive musical invention – jazz.

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The Mississippi River, serving as a conduit, would bring this imaginative sound to the rest of the country as it matured and evolved across Kansas City (via the tributary of the Missouri River), Chicago, and New York. But it is New Orleans that possessed the unique and fertile ground to develop the rich and vibrant music we know as jazz.

the-eagle-band-new-orleans-jazz-heritage

Fast forward to today and New Orleans is as culturally wealthy as ever. The music that jazz informed – rhythm & blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll – have grown up and spawned sub-genres of their own. The great thing about this city is that it preserves the old while embracing the new. Even some of the most primitive incarnations of jazz still exist and flourish. Groups like The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Rebirth Brass Band carry the torch of authentic New Orleans Brass Band music.

A part of Frenchy’s life’s work is capturing this flourishing culture on canvas in his studio creations and live concert paintings. Frenchy’s and Rebirth’s paths have crossed many times. 

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Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth emerged on the scene in 1983. Comprised of Philip Frazier on tuba/sousaphone, his brother, drummer, Keith Frazier, and trumpeter, Kermit Ruffins the band recreated the traditional sounds of the New Orleans brass band that was popular around the turn of the 20th century. True to New Orleans roots, Rebirth adapted modern sounds of pop, rock, funk, and hip hop with their historically correct presentation. The result is a wild, booming party that is a celebration of New Orleans tradition and modern music all at once.

Frenchy’s first painting in New Orleans was at the Maple Leaf Bar located Uptown on Oak Street. Opened in February of 1974, the Maple Leaf is one of the longest running music clubs in New Orleans, boasting live music performances every day of the week, and Frenchy felt right at home. He became a regular fixture at the club, painting Rebirth’s weekly performances, fine tuning his “acoustioptics” – the marriage of sight and sound – every Tuesday night.

Rebirth Brass Band @ The Maple Leaf | 36" x 18"

Over the years, Frenchy has painted the group at the Maple Leaf and many other places including street festivals, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Mardi Gras, and more. He created live paintings of the group and many solo pieces featuring renowned trumpeter, Kermit Ruffins.

Kermit Ruffins performing at the 2013 Jazz Fest Gala

Kermit Ruffins 2013 JF Gala

This tradition and friendship is sure to prosper as Frenchy continues to paint in and around his beloved New Orleans. Now that his Oak Street art gallery has moved across the street to a much bigger space, right next to the Maple Leaf Bar and famed culinary experience, Jacques-Imo’s Café, we expect to see much more from Rebirth.

Unique Gifts for Music Lovers

Do you have a music lover in your life and you’re stumped for what to get them for the holidays or their birthday? Have you considered a live painting? A timeless, unique piece of art that celebrates the band or musician has the potential to be an incredibly meaningful gift that will last a lifetime.

Let’s say this music fan was huge fan of Nirvana and became a giant supporter of Dave Grohl. Over the past 20 years this person has probably collected most of the music put out by Dave and the Foo Fighters, seen them a few times in concert, and maybe even got an autograph or photo, but if they owned this live performance painting of the Foos in action at the 2011 Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, they would have a piece of Foo Fighters history that no one else in the world owns.

 

Foo Fighters @ Hangout Festival

Foo Fighters headlining Hangout Festival

You may have a Phish fan in your life. Good luck finding an obscure recording or T-shirt they haven’t heard or seen. When music fans know so much about a band, their history, and the music it is hard to know where to begin when looking for a gift. Frenchy captured Phish on canvas several times and one of these paintings would make an incredible addition to their collection – one that could be passed down for generations.

 

Phish @ 2014 New Orleans JazzFest

2014 NOLA Jazz Fest

They could be a fan that just cherishes music. Someone that understands the history of jazz, blues, rock, and funk. Frenchy has created many live paintings of iconic bands as well as some incredible studio portraits of musicians and songwriters.

 

Willie Nelson portrait painting by Frenchy

Willie Nelson

View the live music paintings available in Frenchy’s gallery.

Maybe this person loves music or is just swept up in the vibe and energy of the New Orleans scene. Based out of New Orleans, Frenchy created live paintings outside of the concert arenas and in local bars and festivals. His vibrant paintings seem to capture the spirit of New Orleans whether painting local mainstays like Alain Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, or the Dirty Dozen Brass Band or capturing local heritage such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras.

 

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A live painting or studio portrait of a musician, band, or New Orleans cultural event is sure to capture the heart of any music fan. These incredibly unique paintings are available as the original, Giclay print, serigraph print, or poster. Is there a more tasteful way to brighten the office of an executive that loves music than with an original art piece of his favorite musician? What better way to decorate a home or workplace than with a Giclay of an original painting that depicts your favorite rock band or New Orleans hot spot? An original or print of a Frenchy painting is an unbeatable gift!

Visit the Frenchy Acoustioptics Gallery in New Orleans or shop the online store TODAY!

 

Legends of Basketball Gala

The NFL isn’t the only professional athletic organization Frenchy has a history memorializing. He began working with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in 2012 during the NBA All Star Weekend in Orlando, Florida. His next engagement with the NBRPA was to produce a congratulatory painting as a gift for then retiring NBA Commissioner, David Stern, in 2013. Frenchy is thrilled to continue his relationship with the NBRPA as he’s been invited to paint their Legends Philanthropy Awards Gala!

On Saturday, November 21, Frenchy will attend this special event at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut to commemorate the gala in his renowned style, no doubt transferring the energy of the event and the attendees, including some remarkable athletes, to canvas.

The gala is part of a 3-day weekend of events for the NBRPA and will raise funds for the children and grandchildren of professional basketball players to have access to higher education, and feature legends of the sport, including Jalen Rose, Lenny WIlkens, Rick Barry, John Starks, Dave Cowens, Calvin Murphy, Spencer Haywood, Teresa Weatherspoon and Jo Jo White.

Frenchy’s finished painting of the gala will be auctioned live at the event.

Help Morning 40 Federation INDIEGOGO!

Frenchy is partnering with old friends, Morning 40 Federation, to help them reach their INDIEGOGO fundraising goals. He actually played trumpet in the band way back and their friendship continues to this day.

The band is trying to release a series vinyl 45s (super cool) and to raise money they are using INDIEGOGO. Just about every donation has a sweet thank you prize, but the Frenchy Fine Art Level donation is the piece de resistance! Donate $3,500 to the band’s campaign and get an original live painting of the band in action at the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras.

Frenchy, New Orleans, and music. They’re nearly synonymous.

Frenchy to Paint 2015 VooDoo Music Experience

Who do dat VooDoo that Frenchy do? What? Oh – Frenchy’s at the 2015 VooDoo Music Experience this year! Voodoo Music Fest is one of the best festies in the United States. Taking place every year right around Halloween, the festival features a broad swath of entertainment; from metal and alternative to indie, folk, electronic, and hip-hop with a dash of homegrown New Orleans food and music. It truly is an experience. This year it runs from October 30 to November 1.

Frenchy will be creating live paintings at the venue featuring The Zach Brown Band and Slightly Stoopid.

Zac Brown has taken the world by storm by combining elements of southern jam and new country. He gets serious radio arirplay, but has the musicianship to gain the respect of the rock and jam crowd in the live setting:

The funk meets reggae meets rock meets hip-hop madness of Slightly Stoopid will energize Frenchy. A crazy live show and dedicated fan base makes a great subject for a live painting by Frenchy. Check in during and after VooDoo to see what Frenchy’s up to and get a glimpse of the paintings.

VooDoo is certainly one of the hottest events in the US festival circuit. If you haven’t lived the VooDoo Experience you need to! Killer, eclectic music and great food. Not your typical festival/fair food, but excellent selections from a town that knows its eats. Rock by day and party by night in New Orleans, this festival just has more to offer than most others.

 

Frenchy’s “YART SALE” 2015

Frenchy’s ” YART SALE” 2015

Stop by Frenchy’s gallery at 8319 Oak Street anytime from now until November 1st to snag some one-of-a-kind Frenchy art from 20%-50% discounts off all products.

We’re moving!

Frenchy’s gallery at 8319 Oak Street is “re-locating” across the street–to 8314 Oak Street, right beside the world-famous Maple Leaf Bar and Jacques’imos Restaurant.

We’re also making some room for new inventory, so now’s your chance to pick up a variety of items from prints, all of our giclees, and even some originals. Know a music lover, sports fan or a NOLA local? Frenchy’s make a fantastic gift! vibrant “New Orleans ART” a great way to “funk” up your wall!

Snag a deal on Frenchy art now through November 1st, our official moving day!

Yeah You Rite!

Frenchy Live Painting at Harrah’s Fashion Show

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Pink October – a month dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer; breast cancer victims, survivors, research, treatments, and fundraising. Frenchy will be building on his relationship with Harrah’s Casino (he did the art direction for the New Orleans Casino’s HooDoo Lounge) and creating a live painting for Fashion on Fulton for a Cure.

This show is hosted by the casino and aims to support the American Cancer Society by donating all proceeds from the event to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. First is a fashion show held at the Fulton Street Gazebo and hosted by Project Runway winner, Anthony Auld. Next, it gets a little crazy as local celebrities walk the runway sporting bras created by Harrah’s. Winner’s will be chosen by which bra gets the most in its collection plate.

Frenchy’s live painting of this charity event will also be auctioned to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Come by and catch Frenchy in action, support a wonderful cause, get yourself a pink specialty cocktail and have a blast!

Frenchy at Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Frenchy will be on-hand at this year’s Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival to paint the legendary Funky Meters. This is an event you don’t want to miss. If you’re in town you better make it down to Lafayette Square Park this weekend (October 16-18) for some authentic Nawlins food and entertainment.

Since both Frenchy and the Meters are ingrained in New Orleans culture they’ve met a few times. Frenchy captured the iconic funk group at Jazz Fest in 2010 (The Funky Meters).

Funky Meters @ JazzFest in 2010

JazzFest in 2010

He was able to translate the bands funk and grooves into a live painting once again in 2011 for the New Orleans VooDoo Fest (The Original Meters).

Funky Meters @ Voodoo in 2011 (24" x 36")

2011 Voodoo Fest

If you’re not aware, The Funky Meters began as The Meters and were early progenitors of funk music alongside other pioneers like James Brown. They were able to use hometown influences to develop their tight grooves and signature sound. As the band line-up changed they played as the Funky Meters to avoid confusion with the all-original line-up, which jams together less frequently.

 

To make this show even more special, Funky Meters will be joined by thee Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas.

Art for Arts’ Sake Pop-up Gallery

Frenchy’s association with Team Gleason rolls on with his exhibition at the Art for Arts’ Sake pop-up gallery. The lobby of the Paramount Apartments will serve as a makeshift pop-up gallery in the middle of the Contemporary Arts Center’s big event.

Art fans in and around New Orleans have grown to love this annual rite of Fall. Created by the CAC in 1980, this annual celebration of art has become one of the hottest events of the year. Art for Art’s Sake Downtown features various artists displayed across 20 galleries and museums.

The Paramount’s lobby will be transformed into a gallery to feature exhibits from Frenchy and Scott Guion. Works from these renowned local artists will be on display and for sale. Portions of Frenchy’s sale will benefit Team Gleason and there work to help those fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Come out to 611 O’Keefe Ave, soak up the culture, buy a Frenchy piece, support a charity. It’s that easy.

 

Frenchy Creating Artwork for Gleason Gras 2015

This is an incredibly busy week for our pal Frenchy. First, he was off to Green Bay to paint the action of Monday Night Football as the Packers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs. Next he hits the Black & Gold Gala to support Saints’ head coach Sean Peyton and his charitable foundation, Play it Forward. On Saturday, he is set to create a live painting at Gleason Gras for one of the Black & Gold Gala’s beneficiaries, Team Gleason.

Team Gleason, the foundation created by retired New Orleans Saint and ALS survivor, Steve Gleason has a three-pronged mission:

1. Help provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services.

2. Create a global conversation about ALS to ultimately find solutions and an end to the disease.

3. Raise public awareness toward ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.

This is Frenchy’s fourth consecutive year partnering with the charity. His work has raised over $10,000 for the foundation and he hopes his efforts this year will bump that number even higher!

This year’s event looks to be the best yet with awesome food, family fun, and killer musical performances from:

  • Better Than Ezra
  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • Flow Tibe
  • 610 Stompers
  • Tysson
  • Paul Varisco and the Milestones

Come on out and see Frenchy, get some food, enjoy some great musical sets from New Orleans’ finest, and support a local hero and his awesome mission!

Frenchy on the Set of Monday Night Football

Live performance painter, Frenchy, and ESPN’s Monday Night Football go way back, and that isn’t stopping anytime soon! Frenchy estimates that his relationship with the sports network produced nearly 40 original pieces:

Paintings Produced at ESPN related events:

  • ESPN MNF Production – 20 x paintings of the various ESPN MNF production crew
  • ESPN MNF Players – 8 x Paintings of live action
  • Gruden QB Camp – 6 x Gruden QB Camp session paintings
  • Mike ‘n Mike – 2 x Mike n Mike Superbowl set paintings
  • Sunday Countdown – 5 x live set paintings
  • Sunday Night Football – 1 painting and first ESPN engagement

Tonight New Orleans’ favorite son is heading up to Cheeseland, Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers to capture the spirited action on the set and on the field as the Packers take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

To get an idea of why Frenchy has such passion for football and why he feels compelled and inspired by the sport, check out this video:

Frenchy: Life and Football from Frenchylive on Vimeo.

Frenchy’s unique approach to translating action in front of him into unique, colorful and vivid paintings begins with a pencil sketch on canvas. It’s the backdrop that gets put in place then Frenchy takes a snapshot of the action in his mind and sketches that out too. Then comes some additions to the action and background, subtle touches that let you know he was there, in that place, which makes the image a true representation of the event. Finally, Frenchy brings the painting to life with dazzling color, and refines the painting after the event for an amazing finished product.

See some more MNF paintings done by Frenchy

Now that you know a little bit about how it is done, tune into MNF to watch Aaron Rodgers and the Packers battle the Kansas City Chiefs and catch some cutaways of Frenchy doing his thing. Check back with us soon to see the finished product!

Painting for Charity: Frenchy Works Black & Gold Gala

Frenchy is at it again. This time, back in his home town of New Orleans for the Black & Gold Gala. New Orleans Saints’ head coach, Sean Peyton, has revived the Black & Gold Gala due to popular demand. This prestigious soiree was created as a fundraiser for Peyton’s Play It Forward Foundation, an organization dedicated to raise funds and awareness for organizations working with families and children in the areas of health, education, and social welfare in and around Louisiana.

Frenchy is a favorite on the fundraiser circuit as his unique style of creating a live painting on-the-spot becomes part of the entertainment itself. What he produces is a fine art keepsake like none other that not only commemorates the occasion, but helps support the non-profit fundraising goals by being donated and auctioned off to raise money for the cause. Great event, unique entertainment, one-of-a-kind piece of art, and one heck of an auction item!

This year’s Black & Gold Gala, sponsored by Chevron, will be held on Friday, October 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from 5:30 to midnight. Entertainment includes music from hometown heroes, Better Than Ezra and Hootie lead singer gone country sensation, Darrus Rucker.

Frenchy will be painting the action and donating the final product for auction.

This year’s beneficiaries of the Black & Gold Gala include:

Team Gleason – an organization devoted to helping those battling ALS disease offset the ever-increasing cost of care and treatment (SEE: Frenchy to paint at Gleason Gras)

Feed the Children – an organization that exists to end childhood hunger

K9s for Warriors – a group dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11.