For more information, please visit the link below:
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840 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans
continues to show my
10th Anniversary of Katrina
Friday, August 28, 2015 7-10 pm
TEKREMA CENTER for ART & CULTURE
5640 Burgundy Street New Orleans, LA
Exhibit through September 14 (by appointment)
Other Katrina photographs are also hanging at the
MAKE IT RIGHT FOUNDATION New Orleans
I have been recently posting my images and thoughts about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath at a time that is very bittersweet for many New Orleanians, ten years later. Media coverage at the time telecast the enormity of the tragedy, but I needed to relate to this disaster on a closer, more personal level, capturing the individual rather than the collective tragedy. I have always tried to find beauty and humanity in my surroundings; my challenge was to continue in this vein…By zooming in on the details, simple objects represented enormous loss – these images are universal, yet deeply personal. And there is beauty in them.
What struck me most when I entered the disaster zones was the sheer silence. I saw no people, no moving cars, no birds, no vegetation, no sound other than rustling debris. Mud was caked everywhere. Mud had quickly made its way up walls. The aftermath of cataclysmic upheavals of furniture and personal belongings was overwhelming. The guts were ripped from homes and lives. I felt that I was on a movie set depicting the death of a city. The wasteland seemingly had no beginning and no end.
Someone’s closet laid bare for all to see,,, a wedding picture found strewn in the dried mud….a neighbor’s window blinds bent by the forces of water…what was once a cherished sofa now finding its demise in a Katrina landfill….
I hope these images can present a part of New Orleans history. Such tragedies need to be surmounted but not forgotten.
Excerpt “Eye of the Storm”, photo-essay by Sandra Burshell, Louisiana Cultural Vista Magazine, Louisiana Endowment for the Arts, Fall, 2008
My KATRINA images also were exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, “Katrina Exposed”, 2006
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, “Response to Katrina”, 2006
appeared in WHERE WE KNOW: NEW ORLEANS AS HOME, Chin Music Press, 2010
NEW ORLEANS BY NEW ORLEANS, compiled by Smolar/Potucek, 2012
A selection of my KATRINA images can also be viewed on my website.
WHO: Sandra Burshell
WHAT: Art Opening Reception
SHOW TITLE: Transcendence (Works in Pastel)
WHERE: Carol Robinson Gallery
WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014 6-8 pm
ADDRESS: 840 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans, LA 70115
SHOW DURATION: Nov. 1-29
WALK-THRU with the artist: Saturday, November 15 1-2 pm
GALLERY PHONE: 504-895-6130
BODY OF WORK THEME: Light and how it can fill environments and create atmosphere at certain times….Inspiration from local venues, others from Italy, Greece, other travel where there is a great combination of light, atmosphere, and character in architecture! Light is everything!
People and Places/New Orleans | New works in pastel | November 2-28
Opening Reception | Friday, November 2, 6-8pm
“Gallery Walk-thru with the Artist”
Saturday, November 10, 12-2pm
Carol Robinson Gallery
840 Napoleon Avenue (at Magazine St.)
New Orleans, LA 70115
Exhibition:November 2-28, 2012
Walk-thru with the artist: Sat, Nov 10 12-2pm
Ms. Burshell says, “This “roomscape” interior was the residence of one of my good friends who had lived in the Vieux Carre for years! Her home had the innate charm of an aging building, chipped, exposed brick, layers of peeling paint, beautifully old and uneven floors, opening onto a charming small courtyard filled with lush foliage. Her home has been the source of inspiration for many of my pastels in the last ten years! What inspired me in this pastel was the warm radiance given off by the table lamp along with the cool light coming in the window, giving everything it touched a soft coolness.”
This painting features a woman relaxing at Swirl.
SEPTENNIAL SELF-PORTRAIT INVITATIONAL | New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts | 5256 Magazine Street | New Orleans, LA 70115
through March 24, 2012
My pastel, “Fighting the Demon Within” portrays an ongoing battle for the artist facing the blank canvas in the struggle to express oneself.
The self-portrait, to me, is one of the most difficult and introspective subjects an artist can tackle – you must face yourself head on, physically, and more importantly, emotionally on many different levels.
Mid-City Studios will host an open house where thirty-one local artists will be displaying and selling their work on Saturday, November 5, from 10:00-5:00 p.m. at 4436 Toulouse Street.
Located in a converted warehouse, Mid-City Studios has operated as a workplace for local artists for fifteen years. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, artists have renovated their studios, resumed their studio practices, and created outstanding works in a variety of media.
This annual event takes place in a tax-free zone for original art. It is free and open to the public. For more information about Mid-City Studios and its artists, please visit www.midcitystudios.org.
Mid-City Studios, 4436 Toulouse Street, is located in the former Century Graphics Building. In 1996, wood sculptor Marlowe McGraw converted a portion of this 19th century brick industrial structure into 15,000 square feet of studio spaces.
Today, more than 30 artists work there in light-filled studios that include original hardwood floors and 16 foot ceilings. They create original works of art in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, watercolor, prints and photography.
The artists periodically open their studios to invite the public to view their creative efforts and their workspaces, and to enjoy the ambiance of this 19th century industrial space conversion.
Mid City Studios is a designated tax-free zone for original artworks.