Neighbors Help Algiers Art Festival

Faubourg St. John neighbors, Kathy Sebastian, Teresa Parker Farris, Wendy Good, Robert Eustis and Steve Wulff are all making a difference at the 3rd annual Folk Art Festival in Algiers this Saturday, October 11th.

folkartalgiersOn Saturday, October 11 from 1 to 6 pm, the Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum will host the third annual Algiers Folk Art Festival. A showcase of regional folk art, the free event will feature artists’ tents, live musical entertainment, food-truck concessions, and a bicycle second line from the ferry.

In addition to Folk Art Zone founder Charles Gillam, other participating artists will be N‘Awlins Nate, Christopher Clark, Eddie Gillam, Cecelia “Cely” Tapplette-Pedescleaux, Patricia Hogan, Chris Grisaffe, Mary Gillam, Ras Wayne Vicks, Alan Sainte James Boudrot, NOLA Potter’s Jennifer Blanchard, Tracy Killpatrick (aka Mae Lettuce), Dianne “Mimi” Baque, Recovery Wood of Louisiana, and YA/YA alumni Glenn St. Patrick.

Musical performers include legendary blues guitarist Little Freddie King, zydeco/blues musician
Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Jasper Brothers, Chris F. Billiot and Random Access, the Confetti Kid
Players, and Ras Wayne Vicks. A bicycle second line from the Algiers ferry, led by “Dancing Man
504” and members of the Big Easy Rollergirls will kick off the event.

Children‘s entertainment will be provided by Confetti Kids (a non-profit organization that helps
maintain neighborhood playgrounds in Algiers Point), NOLA Potter, and Developing Young
Entrepreneurs. Concessions will include speciality items by New Orleans’ area food trucks,
including Chef Scott‘s NOLA Foods. In addition to beer, wine, and soft drinks, beverages by Treme Coffeehouse will be available for purchase.

“The event is meant to make the community aware of the many artists working locally,” says Gillam. It also celebrates the public unveiling of the Blues Museum’s new, enhanced exhibition of southern folk art. Monies raised will be used toward additional improvements to the property as well as initiatives for giving greater visibility to Louisiana’s self-taught artists.

Support comes from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Neighborhood Partnership Network, Algiers Economic Development Foundation, and American Routes.

About the Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum
The Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum is located at 207 LeBoeuf Street facing the levee. One of the
South’s few “living” folk art environments, it features the colorful carvings of self-taught artist
Charles Gillam that pay tribute to the region‘s rich musical heritage. Founded in 2000 by Gillam
and his wife Susan, the museum also offers free arts progr