White Linen Night, the annual art lovers block party, returns Aug. 6

White Linen Night, the annual art lovers block party, returns on Aug. 7

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - White Linen Night, the annual Warehouse District block party for art lovers, will return to its traditional format on Aug. 6.

Arts District New Orleans, the organization that founded the popular event, announced the comeback will take place in conjunction with the First Saturday art walk.

This year, for the event’s big return, art lovers will get even more time to appreciate new exhibitions. Organizers expand the art walk from its traditional three-hour time block to five hours.

Nearly 20 contemporary art galleries, museums and institutions will welcome back guests to visit and view exhibitions in person from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the 300-600 blocks of Julia Street in the New Orleans’ historic Warehouse Arts District and surrounding areas.

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) and The Ogden Museum of Southern art will also open their doors and unveil new exhibitions of juried open calls featuring artists from the region.

Once again, the organization encourages art enthusiasts to don their white linen while strolling down Julia Street. While visiting the galleries, local vendors will provide food and drink. Art-centered street activations are also set to return, organizers said.

“White Linen Night has been part of the Arts District calendar for 28 years,” Leslie-Claire Spillman, Arts District New Orleans president, said in a release. “While we hoped to bring back this cherished event last year, the pandemic surge forced us to cancel. We are grateful that with this new partnership with Fidelity Bank, we are able to welcome guests back to the district for the event we all know and love; a night of food, drink, fun, and most importantly ART.”

This year marks the first traditional in-person event since 2019. Last year, organizers were forced to cancel the event due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. In 2020, White Linen Night transitioned to a month-long, hybrid event, called White Linen Light.

For more information on participating galleries and institutions, and event details visit www.artsdistrictneworleans.com.

Here’s the list of member galleries and institution exhibitions for 2022:

  • AIA New Orleans, 1000 St. Charles Ave.; GROUP | Urban Sketchers
  • Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia St.; Cheri Ben Iesau, Sergio Alvarez, Gary Schiro, & Lisa Normand | New Work
  • Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St.; Stephanie Patton | Shift Troy Dugas | Rugged Brian Guidry | Night Chorus
  • Arthur Roger@434, 434 Julia St.; Pard Morrison | Something to Become
  • Beata Sasik Gallery, 541 Julia St.; Beata Sasik Gallery | New Work
  • Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St.; Andrew Wapinski | Intercedent
  • Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. ;Gulf South Open Call; GROUP | Remember Earth? Exploring Issues of Environmental Crisis
  • Degas Gallery, 604 Julia St.; Jacques Soulas | La promesse de l’été (Summer’s Promise)
  • Gallery 600 Julia, 600 Julia St.; Will Smith, Jr. | Between The Waters, The Atchafalaya and Mississippi River Basins
  • Gryder Gallery, 615 Julia St. Dapper Bruce Lafitte | The Bricks
  • Ibis Contemporary Art Gallery, 705 Camp St.; Tylonn J. Sawyer | A Different World
  • JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY, 400A Julia St.; Alexander Stolin | TBA Tony Dagradi | Remix
  • LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St.; GROUP | And Now for Something New; Vol. 4
  • M Contemporary, 614 Julia St.; Fredrick Guess | Portraits of Lil Chief Jon Boudreaux of The Rumble
  • Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St.; Andre Fisher | TBA
  • Octavia Art Gallery, 700 Magazine St.; GROUP | Digital Media Exhibition
  • Ogden Museum, 925 Camp St.; Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation Leaving Appalachia: The Art of Gregory B. Saunders
  • SPILLMAN | BLACKWELL Fine Art, 866 Camp St.; Ardeshir Mohassess | Body Politics Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles Ave Charly Palmer | You Inspire Me
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