Pop art comes to life at new, interactive French Quarter art gallery

Despite the challenges facing many businesses during the pandemic, a new attraction opens in the French Quarter.

The ARTmazing Gallery is a new interactive art gallery, with a unique twist, at 309 Decatur Street.

Photo courtesy: Drake Matlock

This isn’t your typical stroll through a French Quarter art gallery. At the ARTmazing Gallery, life-sized sculptures scream for your attention inside this 6,000-square-foot space.

At this new attraction, pop art comes to life in an interactive way that lets you walk among the clouds or jump inside a giant bird cage.

“It is an art gallery where you complete the art,” founder Giselle Monteiro said.

Photo courtesy: Drake Matlock

Monteiro says she’s lucky to finally open doors, but it wasn’t without some setbacks. First, the pandemic; then, hurricane season caused opening delays.

“Being able to finally open is great because at some point, we almost felt like we would not make it, you know,” Monteiro said.

For her, it’s a silver lining, especially at a time when many local businesses are facing challenges. She decided to open the interactive gallery in New Orleans after falling in love with a similar concept in New York.

Now, as more coronavirus restrictions loosen in the city, the founder wants to help people free their inner artist.

“It’s fun; it’s creative,” Monteiro said. “It is for people that love photographs and saving the moment.”

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And it’s pretty much the perfect place for a selfie. More than a dozen scenes around the attraction lets you become part of the art.

Monteiro hopes it provides a creative release for people of all ages.

“I think that it’s great that people can have more options and more attractions and something different than the ordinary nightlife, bar scene that they would go to,” Monteiro said.

Monteiro says, in the future, the exhibit will evolve each season to include installations from new artists.

ARTmazing Gallery opens Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $25 and available for purchase at the website, Artmazinggallery.com.

Shan Bailey

Shan Bailey

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