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Tree House in the Wetlands: The home as a platform for art

An artist and designer whose works are exhibited at Ann Connelly Fine Arts Gallery in Baton Rouge, Winifred Ross Reilly (or Fu as her friends call her) is not confined by one medium. She weaves effortlessly from ceramics, screen-printing, casting, encaustics, and painting to large-scale construction. Her enchanting home, which sits on a three-acre flood plain, is raised eight feet in a marsh-like setting. “It is very much like a Louisiana camp, ...

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New Orleans Chic: Historic home is transformed into a contemporary platform for art

When President Barack Obama arrived in New Orleans on August 29 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of hurricane Katrina, the first place he visited was the historic Bayou St. John neighborhood. He stood in line for a shrimp po-boy at the modest Parkway Bakery and Tavern, a century-old restaurant that reopened 88 days after the levees broke. “Barack, your order is ready,” resounded throughout the popular eatery, to the delight of surprised diners. The ...

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A Loft Lifestyle: A developing art collection enhances an urban dwelling

As New Orleans residential conversions march deeper into downtown, architects and developers are tapping into history while paying homage to the pioneers of old. Many of the buildings are enjoying a revival as they are converted into high-end lofts and pricey condominiums. Such is the case of one particular loft, where each piece of art has its own story. Redefined by interior designer John M. Stephens, who purchased the space with cultural patron ...

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