Park Excellance

photos by Charlie London. All photos were taken in Fortier Park on the afternoon of March 23, 2013.
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Fortier Park has flourished under the tutelage of Bobby Wozniak for decades. However, the tremendous beauty in Fortier Park comes at a price.

So, once again, on Saturday, April 20th, Bobby Wozniak and Bob McGuire along with the help of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have the Fortier Festival. There will be a silent auction. Please bid generously to keep the best pocket park in New Orleans growing strong. And, if you’ve been to previous Fortier Festivals you know that really cool musical surprises happen at the Fortier Festival. So mark your calendar and bring lots of money on April 20th to the corner of Mystery and Esplanade in Faubourg St. John. Faubourg St. John and Fortier Park are where big dreams grow!

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Landscape Leader to be Honored October 25th

by David Armond | photo by Charlie London

A special Parks and Parkways Gala at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Thursday Oct 25 will celebrate their 30th year and honor 30 volunteers.

Bobby Wozniak happens to be one of them for a number of reasons but especially for Alcee Fortier Park in Faubourg St John. If you would like more info, visit www.parkwaypartnersnola.org or if you need tickets,email: bobshaw31@gmail.com .

Come check out Fortier Park in its mid-summer finest this Saturday, July 28th from 9 am to Noon as Faubourg St. John continues its series of neighborhood park cleanups. Fortier Park is located at 3200 Esplanade at Mystery Street.

Bobby Wozniak to be Honored October 27th

by David Armond | photo by Charlie London

A special Parks and Parkways Gala at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Thursday Oct 27 will celebrate their 30th year and honor 30 volunteers.

Bobby Wozniak happens to be one of them for a number of reasons but especially for Alcee Fortier Park in Faubourg St John. If you would like more info, visit www.parkwaypartnersnola.org or if you need tickets,email: bobshaw31@gmail.com .

Come check out Fortier Park in its mid-summer finest this Saturday, July 28th from 9 am to Noon as Faubourg St. John continues its series of neighborhood park cleanups. Fortier Park is located at 3200 Esplanade at Mystery Street.

Bobby Wozniak to be Honored October 25th

by David Armond | photo by Charlie London

A special Parks and Parkways Gala at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Thursday Oct 25 will celebrate their 30th year and honor 30 volunteers.

Bobby Wozniak happens to be one of them for a number of reasons but especially for Alcee Fortier Park in Faubourg St John. If you would like more info, visit www.parkwaypartnersnola.org or if you need tickets,email: bobshaw31@gmail.com .

Come check out Fortier Park in its mid-summer finest this Saturday, July 28th from 9 am to Noon as Faubourg St. John continues its series of neighborhood park cleanups. Fortier Park is located at 3200 Esplanade at Mystery Street.

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Photo by Charles London

Fortier Park Festival

Saturday, March 21st

The fun begins at 4:30 p.m.

3100 Esplanade at Mystery Street

Walter “Wolfman” Washington will perform

Silent Auction!

Hear Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s music

in this video about the 2008 Fortier Park Festival

http://www.viddler.com/explore/katrinafilm/videos/73/

Check out the Fortier Park Festival in 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0hCpHa8eyU

Fortier Park Festival

Saturday, March 21st

The fun begins at 4:30 pm

Fortier Park and Photography Too!

See Bobby’s decades of hard work on Fortier Park at the Fortier Park Festival on March 21st. Walter “Wolfman” Washington will play. Great bargains will be had at the silent auction too!

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photo of Bobby Wozniak by Thom Bennett

Artist Profile: Bobby Wozniak
Ian McNulty
After a good rain, resurrection fern tends to pop with vivid green color over the bark of live oak trees. In the outdoor photography of New Orleans artist Bobby Wozniak, those ferns and the serpentine limbs and solid trunks of their host oaks are just as vivid, only rendered in silvers and grays, inky blacks and soft browns.

Wozniak describes his favorite subjects, the grand old trees of Louisiana, as graceful movements frozen in wood. In his black-and-white photography, they seem like captured, timeless moments from a realm that in reality is changing quickly.

“The body of my work comes from knowing Louisiana well, from growing up in Central Louisiana and living here in New Orleans and traveling back and forth, getting to know the place and the people,” he says. “As I get older, I can see how it has changed. Some plantations aren’t there anymore; the landscape is shifting.”

His portfolio is filled with scenes from the grounds of plantations, especially those not open to the public; of the state’s vulnerable, dynamic coastline; of swamps and old cabins; of modern relics; and, above all, of trees. He stalks specific trees, those identified as the largest and oldest in the state, seeking to capture what he describes as the raw feeling of their majesty. He uses an infrared developing process that imbues his black-and-white work with a richer palette of subtle shading and visual texture.

Trees are more than a subject and inspiration for Wozniak’s. art. He has planted countless trees in the area and has been instrumental in the recent transformation of Alcee Fortier Park near his home in Faubourg St. John into a lush urban oasis.

Photography started as a hobby for Wozniak, one kindled from an early age by his parents’ slide shows of photos from their European vacations. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in New Orleans and credits Victoria Ryan, the school’s photography program director, as a mentor.

“When people see my work, I hope they’ll come away with a feeling that there are all kinds of things waiting for them off the beaten path in our state and that they should go out and explore them,” Wozniak says.

LeMieux Galleries in downtown New Orleans hosts an exhibition of Wozniak’s work titled My Louisiana that begins March 7. To see more examples, go to http://www.lemieuxgalleries.com.

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