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White Linen Night Guide

Galleries, Food, Drink and Fashion Take Julia St.



With August moving in, it’s time to unpack and brush off your whites for the annual White Linen Night on Julia Street. Starting at 6 p.m Saturday (8-1), tens of thousands of locals and tourists will descend into the Warehouse District for fine art, food and cocktails and the chance to see and been seen. 

 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of New Orleans’ most bustling street parties. Born out of the late summer lull in business, White Linen Night was created in 1994 by Julia Street gallery owners as a way to generate interest and income. The night also served as a way to showcase functional arts and crafts such as furniture and ceramics alongside contemporary gallery pieces. Gallery owners chose white linen as way to pay homage to New Orleans' fashion past. Before the advent of central air conditioning, locals decked themselves out in crisp white linen clothing as a way to keep cool during the oppressive summer season.

 

The party was a hit from the start and grows larger and larger each year, despite complaints that it’s too hot, too crowded and the beer lines are too long. Police estimate that last year's attendance was around the 45,000 mark. Considered to be the biggest event in the local art scene, White Linen Night has served as a way to introduce and promote contemporary art in a city that holds tradition in high esteem and bring awareness to the Arts District.  

 

Highlights of this year’s gallery include Gordon Parks’ documentary photography of Southern segregation, and surrealistic paintings from local artist Rolland Golden. Alongside gallery openings, live music is featured up and down Julia Street with Egg Yolk Jubilee, Mahayla, and the Unnaturals on the line up.

 

There will be 56 bartenders onhand to streamline drink orders at six outdoor bars and 23 restaurants are featured with a variety of cuisine. To purchase food and beverages, you’ll need to have food and drink tickets that can be purchased before hand or at the event. 

 

White Linen Night runs officially from 6pm to 9pm and is free to the public. But for  those who aren’t ready to call it quits, the White Linen Night after party starts at 9 and is held at the CAC with performances and DJ sets from Bouffant, Bouffant and DVRA.  Tickets are $10.

 

Check out the full line up of restaurants and bars below.  We’ve also included a guide to gallery openings and ongoing exhibitions. 

 

BARS AND CUISINE
Food and beverage tickets are available for pre-sale and are required for food and beverage purchases at the Julia Street Outdoor Celebration.
Cuisine by Bratz Y’all!, Broussard’s, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Crêpes à la Cart, Foundation Room, GG’s Dine-O-Rama, GW Fins, Le Foret, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Marti’s Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, MOPHO, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Nola Foods, Phil’s Grill, Pinkberry, Rita’s Tequila House, Rue 127, Saucy’s BBQ, Seed, SoBou, Somethin’ Else Cafe

 

GALLERY LISTINGS (All openings 6–9pm)

 

Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery, 535 Julia St.

Beyond the Bayou—Tanya Dischler, Shea Yetta, Christine Ledoux, Drake Fuller—Painting, jewelry, glass

 

Arthur Roger Gallery, 432-434 Julia St.

Third Coast Suite—Francis X. Pavy—Oil block prints on canvas and paper
Segregation Story—Gordon Parks—Color photographs
I Don't Understand—Robert Hannant—Digital video

 

boyd|satellite, 440 Julia St.
Sputnik 2—Marianne Desmarris, Larkin Gaudet, Mitchell Gaudet, Peter Hoffman, Mia Kaplan, Galina Kurlat, Robert Lansden, Tiffany Lin, Christopher Makos, Aaron Macnamee, Billy Name, Mason Saltarrelli, Dave Smith, Nina Schwanse, Amanda Talley, Robert Tannen—Collage,drawing, painting, photography, sculpture

 

Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St.
New Work—Mitchell Lonas—Incised painted aluminum

 

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.
Mark of the Feminine—Curated by Regine Basha
International Sculpture Center: Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards

 

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Magazine St.

Student winners from the 2014 Scholarship Art Contest—Student winners from the 2014 Scholarship Art Contest and George Rodrigue—Original paintings, mixed media, silkscreen prints, sculpture

 

Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art,600 Julia St.
Beyond Land’s End—Will Smith, Jr.—Oil on canvas

 

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400a Julia St.
Unsung—Margaret Munz-Losch—Drawings
Accommodations—Bob Snead—Multimedia light boxes

 

LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St.
Glimmer Steady Inside the Stone—Nathan Durfee—Paintings and drawings

 

Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St.
Hunt Slonem—Hunt Slonem

 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.

 

Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by Regions Bank

 

One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia

 

Rolland Golden: An Alternate Vision

 

Shawn Hall: Pastoral Universe, Presented by the Kohlmeyer Circle
The New Orleans Chapter of the Links/HBCU Art Showcase

 

Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia St.
Recent Works—James Henderson and Ayo Scott

 

Søren Christensen Gallery, 400 Julia St.
Untamed Empire—KOLLABS (collaborative artists Anke Schofield and Luis Garcia-Nerey)—Mixed media

 

Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St Charles Ave.

The Painted Canvas—Antonio Carreno—Acrylic on canvas

 

Steve Martin Studios, 624 Julia St.
Rock, Paper, Scissors—Steven Soltis—Oil on canvas, mixed media sculpture

 

YAYA Gallery: Sponsored by Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, 755 Magazine St.

Young Aspirations/Young Artists’ Painting Dreams—Various Youth Artists—glass, paintings, mixed-media

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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