17 June 2008

08 June 2008

It's yous, Take It - The New Orleans Show

It’s Yours, Take It

In coordination with four cities around the world, NoLA Rising presented the It’s Yours, Take It show on June 7th, 2008. The other four cities are in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and Singapore.

Throughout the course of a few hours, over a hundred and fifty pieces of artwork were displayed and freely given to people passing by. Pieces disappeared much faster than we thought and we stuck around to linger and take pictures of people grabbing up artwork.

The most amazing thing was how some people couldn’t quite grasp the concept that it was free. The number one response was, “why?” Well, “why not” is my number one answer to that 9 out of 10 times in life.

We made a party of it there on the street and we abandoned what was left around four or so. I returned around midnight to find about six lonely pieces, of which two were swept up right in front of my eyes. It was great to see that even many hours later, pieces were still going.

I ran into Adé (of Café Brasil) around that time and we talked about the show. I thanked him for letting me use his building and we’ve secured the use of it in the future when we do it again.

For those of you who want to know more about It’s Yours, Take It, go to:



NoLA Rising presents It's Yours, Take It - Video by Adam Copus of WWLTV

A quick shot of the artwork once we realized some of it may go quickly, as we had to beat a few people with sticks (just kidding...we used whips). This was early on, but some of the artwork was already taken...

The Many Faces of It's Yours, Take It

In the Flickr group, It's Yours, Take It, there's a name for the people who take the artwork that is left for people to have for free. They are called The Takers. It's rare that shots of The Takers are produced, as there's often the case that the artwork is left. NoLA Rising decided to stick around and get some shots with such Takers. We did our best to record as much of the artwork and the people as we could, but as soon as we started, artwork began disappearing. In the end, a great day was had by all. Now, for a long litany of photos, The Takers:

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans ShowMy favorite taker of the day

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans ShowMaster Jeff of L'art Noir

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans ShowSuper Group

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans ShowShe believes in Love

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans ShowOh, he got a good one!

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans ShowCouple in Love

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans ShowVery proud of the lovely rendition of elephant butt

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

It's Yours, Take It - New Orleans Show

07 June 2008

CAFE BRASIL! NoLA Rising! It's Yours, Take It!


NoLA Rising is proud to announce the location of It's Yours, Take It...a free interactive art show. For everyone who has eagerly awaited this day, it has arrived. This is your opportunity to come and pick out a single piece of artwork so long as supplies last.

WHERE DAMMIT?!?!?! CAFE BRASIL! On the corner of Frenchman and Chartres AT NOON. A super special thanks to Ade (who's name can't be properly spelled here because of the lackluster program I am currently using...so it's pronounced Ah-day, but not slowly). He has generously let multiple art shows and markets occur on and in his property and the chain of friendship with our little show is greatly appreciated.

NoLA Rising believes in art for the people. NoLA Rising believes that Art Can Heal the Wounded Soul. NoLA Rising believes in New Orleans and the promotion of our arts both here and abroad. NoLA Rising not only reinforces our city as the cultural base of the South, but also as one of the premier locations for emerging arts in the greatest renaissance to ever happen to a major American city.

We have nowhere to go but up, brothers and sisters! Come and join us at Cafe Brasil.

Afterwards, from 5 to until whenever, we'll be having the after party at XO Studios in the Marigny at the corner of Dauphine and Press. We'll call it an art swap. Come join us, swap your piece with someone else if you like, show it off like it's bling for your wall, baby! Come, crush a cup of wine with us...!

Special thanks also to L'art Noir, the St. Claude Arts District, SKULL CLUB!, Cargill Inc., Bonus Saves, Sherri!, Ranger Dave, Defend New Orleans, NooMoon, Avi, Naughty Kitty, Robin Walker, MaxMan, NOLady, our brothers at Humid City, Charlotte, Mark F., Maitri, Meryl, Tim R., & Jennifer D. And, of course, to everyone who comes out to paint and everyone who sent in artwork.

03 June 2008

It's Yours, Take It: New Orleans Location Set

NoLA Rising has set the location for the It’s Yours, Take It show occurring on Saturday, June 7th. Sometime in the afternoon, we’ll set the artwork up with the permission of a local business owner and allow for the progression of the interactive public exhibition to take place. The location of the show will remain a closely held state secret until the night before if not the day of…if we remember to post it at all.

For those of you wanting a clue as to where to go for this pedestrian delight, this feast of color, the only hint to be given as that you will be able to find it downriver from the Quarter, upriver of Chalmette, due north of Algiers Point and south of Dillard University. So, we hope to see you out there…

And to the business owner letting us do this at his place, we thank you in advance and will praise him for his greatness when we announce the location.