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Your Guide To The Arts District On White Linen Night

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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.


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Contemporary Arts Center

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The CAC is homebase for White Linen festivities, and it's featuring the opening of "REVERB: Past, Present, Future," an exhibition of local artists. [Image: "Exfoliation," Carrie Trosclair]

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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The largest collection of Southern art in the world! Check out the debut of "Louisiana Contemporary," an annual group show of artists from around the state.

AIA New Orleans Center for Design

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The local outpost of the American Institute of Architects opens "10 Years, 10 Stories," an exhibit featuring the role of architects in the city’s recovery since Katrina.

George Schmidt Art Gallery

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Paintings and Etchings by George Schmidt [Image: George Schmidt]

Steve Martin Studios

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The gallery features the opening of "From Cuba," oil paintings by Augusto Bordelois. [Image: Steve Martin Fine Art, Facebook]

Jean Bragg Gallery

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The gallery features the opening of "Café Society," oil paintings by Ann Cox Strub and David Lloyd.

Martine Chaisson Gallery

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The gallery features the opening of "Knocking from the Inside," mixed media on canvas by Mallory Page.

Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery

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Featuring works by Dana Manly, David Lumpkin, Nancy Susaneck and Shea Yetta. [Image: Dana Manly]

Callan Contemporary

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Featuring "Rhythm and Form" by Caprice Pierucci

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

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Jacques Rodrigue, son of George Rodrigue, as signs copies of Rodrigue Studio’s latest book, "Rodrigue: The Sanders Collection."

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The gallery features openings of "Louisiana Cereal," mixed-media and enlarged prints from Polaroid photos by Blake Boyd, and "LEVY," mixed-media and video by Ti-Rock Moore.

Octavia Art Gallery

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The gallery features the opening of "Symmetric Equivalence," works by Gil Bruvel, Leslie Wilkes and Stephen Chauvin. [Image: "Untitled 12.05, Leslie Wilkes"]

Arthur Roger Gallery

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Featuring "Seen and Unseen: Coupling," Willie Birch, "Works by Whitfield Lovell," "Ali," photography by Gordon Parks, "The Dapper Bruce Lafitte Introduces: Draw Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee," pen and marker on paper by Bruce Davenport, Jr. [Image: "I'm Way Better than Basquit Sure Nuff Is," Bruce Davenport, Jr.]

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

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"Usual Places, Unusual Spaces," new paintings by Marna Shopoff opens. [Image: "Layered," Marna Shopoff]

Soren Christensen Gallery

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James Horton makes his gallery debut with "Aldara," oil on panel.

LeMieux Galleries

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"Suspension," mixed media, cut paper, letterpress, fiber, laser cut steel by Kathryn Hunter opens. [Image: Kathryn Hunter]

Stella Jones Gallery

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The gallery opens the group show "Lagniappe: Imagining New Orleans in a Post-Katrina World." [Image: "The Return," Phyllis Stephens]

Julie Silvers Art

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The gallery features paintings and sculptures by Julie Silvers. [Image: "Empress of Peace," Julie Silvers]

Where Y'art + M Studio

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The online New Orleans art gallery and shop presents. "X: A Variable of Progress," a multi-platform exhibition about Katrina. [Image: "Satchmo," Garrett Haab]

YAYA Gallery

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The nonprofit presents works from young artists.

"What Lifts You" Mural

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Artist Kelsey Montague invites spectators to pose in front of the interactive mural, and share and photos what inspires them on social media. Presented by the Downtown Development District and Pelican Bomb.

The Transportation Revolution

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The motorbike retailer hosts a party with free cocktails and features art by Charles Hoffacker.

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Contemporary Arts Center

The CAC is homebase for White Linen festivities, and it's featuring the opening of "REVERB: Past, Present, Future," an exhibition of local artists. [Image: "Exfoliation," Carrie Trosclair]

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The largest collection of Southern art in the world! Check out the debut of "Louisiana Contemporary," an annual group show of artists from around the state.

AIA New Orleans Center for Design

The local outpost of the American Institute of Architects opens "10 Years, 10 Stories," an exhibit featuring the role of architects in the city’s recovery since Katrina.

George Schmidt Art Gallery

Paintings and Etchings by George Schmidt [Image: George Schmidt]

Steve Martin Studios

The gallery features the opening of "From Cuba," oil paintings by Augusto Bordelois. [Image: Steve Martin Fine Art, Facebook]

Jean Bragg Gallery

The gallery features the opening of "Café Society," oil paintings by Ann Cox Strub and David Lloyd.

Martine Chaisson Gallery

The gallery features the opening of "Knocking from the Inside," mixed media on canvas by Mallory Page.

Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery

Featuring works by Dana Manly, David Lumpkin, Nancy Susaneck and Shea Yetta. [Image: Dana Manly]

Callan Contemporary

Featuring "Rhythm and Form" by Caprice Pierucci

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

Jacques Rodrigue, son of George Rodrigue, as signs copies of Rodrigue Studio’s latest book, "Rodrigue: The Sanders Collection."

boyd | satellite

The gallery features openings of "Louisiana Cereal," mixed-media and enlarged prints from Polaroid photos by Blake Boyd, and "LEVY," mixed-media and video by Ti-Rock Moore.

Octavia Art Gallery

The gallery features the opening of "Symmetric Equivalence," works by Gil Bruvel, Leslie Wilkes and Stephen Chauvin. [Image: "Untitled 12.05, Leslie Wilkes"]

Arthur Roger Gallery

Featuring "Seen and Unseen: Coupling," Willie Birch, "Works by Whitfield Lovell," "Ali," photography by Gordon Parks, "The Dapper Bruce Lafitte Introduces: Draw Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee," pen and marker on paper by Bruce Davenport, Jr. [Image: "I'm Way Better than Basquit Sure Nuff Is," Bruce Davenport, Jr.]

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

"Usual Places, Unusual Spaces," new paintings by Marna Shopoff opens. [Image: "Layered," Marna Shopoff]

Soren Christensen Gallery

James Horton makes his gallery debut with "Aldara," oil on panel.

LeMieux Galleries

"Suspension," mixed media, cut paper, letterpress, fiber, laser cut steel by Kathryn Hunter opens. [Image: Kathryn Hunter]

Stella Jones Gallery

The gallery opens the group show "Lagniappe: Imagining New Orleans in a Post-Katrina World." [Image: "The Return," Phyllis Stephens]

Julie Silvers Art

The gallery features paintings and sculptures by Julie Silvers. [Image: "Empress of Peace," Julie Silvers]

Where Y'art + M Studio

The online New Orleans art gallery and shop presents. "X: A Variable of Progress," a multi-platform exhibition about Katrina. [Image: "Satchmo," Garrett Haab]

YAYA Gallery

The nonprofit presents works from young artists.

"What Lifts You" Mural

Artist Kelsey Montague invites spectators to pose in front of the interactive mural, and share and photos what inspires them on social media. Presented by the Downtown Development District and Pelican Bomb.

The Transportation Revolution

The motorbike retailer hosts a party with free cocktails and features art by Charles Hoffacker.