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.

Capdeville Revitalization

Thanks to 8 neighbors that spent an hour and a half last Thursday to divide and plant 48 gallon sized Monkey Grass, yellow lantana and purple duranta (to bring in butterflies), and ardesia crenata (Christmas berry, a shade lover).

photo below by David Armond

photos below by Brenda London
We mulched, amended soil, divided Paper Whites to replant this fall, and trimmed 5 Natchez Crape Mytles that we planted maybe a dozen years ago. $500 went quickly from 5 trips to 3 Home Depots!

Unfortunately 10 bags of soil and 6 bags of mulch disappeared into a white pickup. I had too many loads of stuff to manage in a Subaru and left it out at the park the nite before, gone at 630 am. I vented my disgust by howing weeds vigorously! Neighbors report frequent plant thefts near Broad. We replaced what we really needed, and will wait to augment soil in another phase.

So thanks to people from all over our neighborhood who worked, found their garden Zen, and had a good time:


Steve Mardon (our Desmare liason)
Brenda London (Grand Rte St John)
Deena Bedigan (Delgado-she did a perfect job separating monkey grass)
Danny Akers (worked and treated us to fresh squeezed lemonade) also involved with Café Amelie on Royal, (Crete St)
Helen Ball (rode her bike from St John’s Court)
David Armond- N Lopez
Katy Smith (new young neighbor from Jackson) Bell St

The soaking rain this weekend insures that this project is off to a great start. We have promises from Andy Romero, David Lapene and Danny Akers to keep the new plantings watered thru the summer. We can always use extras…

Future needs include a streetlight (way to dark here),repair some crumbling interior sidewalk, sprinkler system, a creative welcome to FSJ sign, sculpture. These are LONG term dreams. Very open to input and help make the connections. I do better with my hands in the dirt!!

I will be asking Parks and Parkways to remove a phoenix palm growing at the base of an oak.

Love this neighborhood!
Bobby

Bobby Wozniak
1322 North Lopez Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
Cell: 504.452.0386

Sheriff Bobby

David Armond sent this in via Facebook

David Armond says,

“So we all knew Bobby Wozniak was the Sheriff of Alcee Fortier Park and Faubourg St John but who knew the badge went back to 1969!”

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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