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]