The Warehouse Arts District, an enclave of art galleries, restaurants, lofts, and luxury living, wasn't always "the SoHo of the South." You've heard it before – artists and gallery owners make use of empty warehouses and cheap storefronts, rejuvenate an urban wasteland, and the rest is hip neighborhood history. But New Orleans in the summer is no joke and gallery owners needed to sell some damn art. In an effort to drag people out of their air conditioned lairs and maybe make some money, White Linen Night was born. This has been going on for 19 years and Saturday, people will still don their finest white linen (a cool, breathable, summer staple, for those not in the know) and pack Julia Street downtown. Bad news for those looking for the familiar free wine that goes along with gallery openings; it's not happening. These days White Linen is more of a "fundraiser and promotional tool" for the Arts District, Richard Nesbitt, owner of d.o.c.s. Gallery and president of the New Orleans Arts District Association, says.
If you're braving the heat and the crowds, we put together a map to guide you through 20 galleries (and that's not even all of them!) around the Arts District.
· Whitney White Linen Night is a cool outing for art lovers [The Advocate]