27 April 2009

NoLA Rising :: U.S. Mint Show

NoLA Rising : United Artist Front : US Mint

Firstly, NoLA Rising would like to thank the Louisiana State Museum system and the staff at the Old U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Avenue. Without your support in our cause and the belief that art does make a difference in the daily lives of our citizenry, we couldn't have had such a wonderful space.

Next, we'd like to thank our dedicated group of volunteers who gave their time and effort to helping us produce a well-executed and highly successful show. Without them, we'd have been like a bunch of chickens running around with our heads cut off.

And then, without the vast support of the artists who have supported us, from New Orleans and from across the world, we surely could not have made this happen. Without a doubt, I am honored and deeply touched by the support that has constantly been shown to myself and NoLA Rising from amazing artists of all calibers. Our continued solidarity not only makes our ability to showcase emerging artists, but strengthens the community of artists who believe in ideals that are greater than the individual. I am thankful that your artistic efforts allow us to build the framework for a more beautiful New Orleans.

To all who came out and supported us, and those who supported us leading up to the event, and those who will continue to support us, let is be shown that a small group of dedicated people are accomplishing great things for a noble cause.

ReX salutes you all!

Now for a few pics from the show:
NoLA Rising : United Artist Front : US Mint
CONO & ReX collaboration

NoLA Rising : United Artist Front : US Mint
Mia Kaplan

NoLA Rising : United Artist Front : US Mint
Flowerguy

NoLA Rising : United Artist Front!
Tony Nozero

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Joe Iurato

Real Abstract
Real Abstract

NoLA Rising : United Artist Front : US Mint

Thanks to everyone yet again!!!

26 April 2009

NoLA Rising Would like to Thank Business Supporters of the United Artist Front Show

A special thank you to these businesses that helped make NoLA Rising's U.S. Mint Show a great success:

The U.S. Mint ( a Louisiana State Museum )

Whole Foods
Glazer Distributors
Coffee Roasters
Coffea
CC's Coffee
Lento & Associates
We Three Kings
Eye Candy Tattoo
Electric Ladyland on Frenchman
Tomatillo's
Mona's
Squeel BBQ
Michael's Bike Shop
Lucky You Candy Company
Slice
&
Juan's Flying Burrito

25 April 2009

NoLA Rising at the U.S. Mint

APRIL 25th, 2009

Today is the final day of bidding at the Silent Art Auction being hosted by NoLA Rising to benefit the United Artist Front Mural Arts Program. Bidding closes at 3 p.m.

Up for an auction is an authenticated BANKSY donated from private sources close to the NoLA Rising Family
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Here are some quick snaps from the set-up for the show:
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22 April 2009

Flickr Pics of the U.S. Mint Show

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nolarisingproject/sets/72157616563021529/

Sorry Folks that I couldn't keep up with the individual posting. Been hectic at work and been hectic at gearing up for the show. So as not to deprive anyone, I wanted to post the flickr link to the show we're having at the U.S. Mint so that folks could get an advance peek at some of the pieces we have available. Hope to see y'all there...

ReX

13 April 2009

United Artist Front - New Orleans Mural Arts Program (Tony Nozero)

Tony Nozero answered the call this past weekend with this piece:

NoLA Rising - United Artist Front - Tony Nozero

Artists want to turn floodwall into mirror of local homes

Mural would depict city's shotgun houses
Friday, April 10, 2009 By Sheila Grissett / East Jefferson bureau

A New Orleans public art group asked regional levee commissioners Thursday to let 65 local artists paint shotgun houses on an Industrial Canal floodwall to help rejuvenate the Lower 9th Ward.

Graffiti eradicator Fred Radtke opposes the proposal.

The nonprofit community group NoLA Rising told a committee meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that it wants to paint 3,900 feet of floodwall visible from the neighborhood.

"This would be a controlled project. You'd get to approve the (art) in advance," organization President Michael "Rex" Dingler said. "It's a wall that deserves a great deal of respect . . . because of those who died."

The site is where the floodwall breached during Hurricane Katrina, destroying the surrounding neighborhood.

Radtke warned the authority's Operations Committee that granting the arts request would open a Pandora's box.

"You cannot control this project . . . in this city," he said, saying that the amount of graffiti has tripled at other local mural sites in the past several years.

"It's out of control here because the city's out of control," Radtke said. "There's no quality of life here."

Two committee members voiced strong support for the concept. "I just got back from Europe, where everywhere you go there's artwork," commissioner Stephen Estopinal said. "And New Orleans is an art town."

Commissioner George Losonsky compared Radke's objections to banning cars to try and stop drive-by shootings.

"I don't buy that," he said, supporting Estopinol's recommendation that the board discuss the matter with the Army Corps of Engineers.

If the project is done, Dingler and his associates said it would be the longest mural of its kind in the United States, larger even than the 2,754-foot "Great Wall of Los Angeles," which is the current record-holder painted with corps permission on a federal floodwall in California starting in 1976.

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Sheila Grissett can be reached at sgrissett@timespicayune.com or 504.717.7700.

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/metro/index.ssf?/base/news-34/1239340894151640.xml&coll=1

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AS A POINT OF REFERENCE, there are some inconsistencies listed in the story in regards to the plan that may have been miscommunicated. While shotgun houses are prevalent in New Orleans, the referenced plan mentioned "New Orleans style homes". The indication where this inconstancy came from for shotgun houses was based on an early plan that has since been modified based on historical reference.

While not mentioned in the article, some early amateur critics have said that members of NoLA Rising aren't taking into consideration the neighborhood residents and that we are filled with north-eastern hispters. NoLA Rising was started by a New Orleans born and bred original, Rex Dingler, and he believes in honoring the neighborhood residents and all people of New Orleans in this representation of our collective struggle following Hurricane Katrina. Rex first began putting artwork and street signs in the lower 9th ward after hurricane Katrina when he was working on the lower 9th Ward docks and has since promoted with every ability the re-building and restoration of the neighborhood. In addition to the street signs, ReX donated artwork to residents returning to their homes and even assisted Rebuilding Together New Orleans in their efforts. Criticism to the contrary is ridiculous and offered by those who are uninformed.

As for the composition of NoLA Rising? Well, we've had some people join us who have come from up north, but as always, it's been comprised of people living here, working here and loving here. We have life-long residents, pre-Katrina transplants (that have gained their NoLA citizenship cards by living through the storm with us), and then post-storm residents who want to be a part of the New Orleans renaissance. However, the "hipster" quotient is completely false and erroneous and we take great offence. Everyone wears only appropriately fitted pants and no one is allowed to wear a hat (however cool) at a dinner table.

United Artist Front - New Orleans Mural Arts Program (James Dingler & 32)

NoLA Rising - United Artist Front - James DinglerStill life by James Dingler

NoLA Rising - United Artist Front - 3232 Brandongirl

ARTISTS WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL:
BANKSY / Shepard Fairey / Michael DeFeo / STARHEAD / Ray Noland / El Celso / Amy Martin / Tony Nozero / Christopher Poche West / Rex Dingler / Joe Russo / Cherie Langford / Allison Termine / anthony turducken / Nick Hasslock / CONO / SoTx / Melissa Levine / ARTCAR by Kelly Israel / Ken Kenan / Blaine Capone / Len Cowgill / Joan Davis / Sarah Rosedahl / Brandon Dauphin / Stephanie Stallmer / Ussama Hanna / Crista Rock / Amy Loewy / Scott Mosely / Lance “Varg” Vargas / 32 Brandongirl / Bruce Dagrepont Jr. / Claudia Gehrke / GRAILIVES / Sharky of Black Sails Photography / Donn Davis / Kyle Chase / Beverly Cook / B-Kay / Emily Macafore / Bryan Barnes / Anthony Posey / Karen Miller / Christian Silva /

ARTISTS WHO HAVE SAID THEY WOULD ANSWER THE CALL:
Peter Lundberg / Robert Guthrie / MAGS / Val Webb / Dave Warnke / Arthur McLean / Sean Geatreaux / Michelle Brecher / O...Phuck / KelleyGirl / INSPIRE / Peaceswirl / SL!C / Will Frank / Leonard Lopp / TARD / Michelle Augusto / Julie A. Miller / Rick Simpson / NEMO / Tammy Vitale / Dave Watkins / FOKUSED / GAIA / Lady Ma Dia / Rachel Hoover / Robin DeAlva-Graziano / Dion Nunez / Jenna Colby / Shera Simon / Natalie Maloney / Real Abstract / Pauline Patterson / Dori Ashton / Gracie! / Stevie Collins /

09 April 2009

United Artist Front - New Orleans Mural Arts Program (Amy Martin)

We are receiving lots of donations today from artists who have offered us their artwork to auction to benefit NoLA Rising in launching the United Artist Front, a New Orleans Mural Arts Program. Over the next few days, we will feature artwork that we have been receiving...


Posters by Amy Martin

ARTISTS WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL:
BANKSY / Shepard Fairey / Michael DeFeo / STARHEAD / Ray Noland / Amy Martin / Rex Dingler / Cherie Langford / Nick Hasslock / CONO / Melissa Levine / ARTCAR by Kelly Israel / Ken Nahan / Blaine Capone / Len Cowgill / Joan Davis / Brandon Dauphin / Stephanie Stallmer / Ussama Hanna / Crista Rock / Amy Loewy / Scott Mosely

04 April 2009

NoLA Rising Wants You!

NoLA Rising Wants You!!!

NoLA Rising needs you! NoLA Rising Wants You!

NoLA Rising is now a Louisiana non-profit. We rose up from the streets to become an organization of artists whose goal is to encourage people in all neighborhoods of Greater New Orleans to publicly display works of art for the purpose of rebuilding and restoring the human spirit in our city.

NoLA Rising will be announcing a major murals program in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and will expand to other areas of the city.

In order to do all of this, we need to hit the ground running. As in the past, NoLA Rising has survived because artists have heeded the call to realize a goal larger than their own self-interest and given their time, their talent and their artwork in pursuit of our noble ideals.

NoLA Rising is putting up a fundraiser / show at the U.S. Mint in New Orleans and we’re currently calling for artists to donate a piece of artwork. The hope is that we can raise money to cover the costs needed for starting a major murals program. The event will be held the first weekend of Jazzfest (April 24th-26th) and will be well covered by media (mainstream and not so mainstream).

And what do you get besides a warm, fuzzy feeling inside for doing something good? You get my undying love and gratitude. You get to help be part of the NoLA Rising Movement to beautify a city that government forgot. You get recognition for helping us out and you get to be in an awesome show with some pretty bad-ass artists. Most importantly, you help out the people of New Orleans.

If you are interested, please contact me. On behalf of the NoLA Rising team, we really appreciate anything you can do. Deadline for us to receive artwork or photography will be April 17th.

Paint the change you wish to see!

ReX
NoLA Rising

ARTISTS WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL:
BANKSY / Shepard Fairey / Michael DeFeo / STARHEAD / Ray Noland / El Celso / Amy Martin / Tony Nozero / Christopher Poche West / Rex Dingler / Joe Russo / Cherie Langford / Allison Termine / anthony turducken / Nick Hasslock / CONO / SoTx / Melissa Levine / ARTCAR by Kelly Israel / Ken Kenan / Blaine Capone / Len Cowgill / Joan Davis / Sarah Rosedahl / Brandon Dauphin / Stephanie Stallmer / Ussama Hanna / Crista Rock / Amy Loewy / Scott Mosely / Lance “Varg” Vargas / 32 Brandongirl / Bruce Dagrepont Jr. / Claudia Gehrke / GRAILIVES / Sharky of Black Sails Photography / Donn Davis / Kyle Chase / Beverly Cook / B-Kay / Emily Macafore / Bryan Barnes / Anthony Posey / Karen Miller / Christian Silva /

ARTISTS WHO HAVE SAID THEY WOULD ANSWER THE CALL:
Peter Lundberg / Robert Guthrie / MAGS / Val Webb / Dave Warnke / Arthur McLean / Sean Geatreaux / Michelle Brecher / O...Phuck / KelleyGirl / INSPIRE / Peaceswirl / SL!C / Will Frank / Leonard Lopp / TARD / Michelle Augusto / Julie A. Miller / Rick Simpson / NEMO / Tammy Vitale / Dave Watkins / FOKUSED / GAIA / Lady Ma Dia / Rachel Hoover / Robin DeAlva-Graziano / Dion Nunez / Jenna Colby / Shera Simon / Natalie Maloney / Real Abstract / Pauline Patterson / Dori Ashton / Gracie! / Stevie Collins

01 April 2009

Donations have begun arriving: STARHEAD / LEN COWGILL / USSAMA HANNA

Artwork has begun arriving from around the country and we are awaiting pieces to begin arriving from around the world...

STARHEAD:::

STARHEAD donates pieces to the NoLA Rising U.S. Mint Show

STARHEAD donates pieces to the NoLA Rising U.S. Mint Show

STARHEAD donates pieces to the NoLA Rising U.S. Mint Show

LEN COWGILL:::

Len Cowgill donates a piece to the NoLA Rising U.S. Mint Show

USSAMA HANNA:::

Usamma Hanna donates a piece to the NoLA Rising U.S. Mint Show

MORE TO COME!!!