Super Art Smackdown Bet

The Saints better win the Super Bowl! There’s a high stake art bet taking place between the NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) and Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). If Saints win, IMA will send, “The Fifth Plague of Egypt,” painted in 1800 by William Turner and if the Colts win, NOMA will send, “Ideal View of Tivoli,” painted in 1644 by Claude Lorrain. This is was an inside bet between museum directors William Anderson of IMA and John Bullard of NOMA, each equally confident that they won’t have to comply. The Times Picayune describes the humorous details of the high brow chat and circumstances. No details, however, on how long either of the paintings will be on loan.

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Ideal View of Tivoli, painted in 1644 by Claude Lorrain

If you’d rather get a little higher up reach on those Mardi Gras beads, why not purchase a handmade ladder from YaYa (Young Aspirations/Young Artists)? It’s an after school, apprentice program in New Orleans that inspires young adults to create art while focusing on artistic training, design, and production as well as professional skills that involve art pricing, art marketing, and career-building. They have a 20 year successful track record, not to mention you get something uniquely made from New Orleans in the process.

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If you’re not from New Orleans and you don’t know what to do with these ladders, here you go:

Mardi Gras Ladders from Virtually Shocking.com blog

You may want to read Friday’s post on the Who Dat controversy. Hopefully, it won’t affect this Who Dat ladder design….

In the meantime, we just introduced new Casart coverings Virtual Gift Cards and one just in time just for the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras.

Walt Disney at NOMA

With the Saints in the news and now going to the Superbowl, all posts this week will just have to be about New Orleans in some way or another. Hey, not hard for me (previous posts on New Orleans).

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is featuring an exhibit of conceptual art from Walt Disney’s animated films called,“Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio.” It includes 600 sketches and animation stills from select films dating back more than seven decades. There are several things that make this interesting to me and particularly if you like animation, which I do.

Hopefully, the Saints’ and their fans’ dreams will come true on Sunday.

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1) This artwork is not on view publicly unless in an exhibit, according Lella Smith, the creative director of Disney’s Animation Research Library, in the Times Picayune article, “the only time fans get to see original Disney artworks is when the studio allows periodic museum exhibits.” I do remember seeing animated cell reproductions for sale in the Disney Studio at Walt Disney World but not the originals.

2) The drawings demonstrate the creative process from concept to what was actually used in the production, complete with multiple revisions and notations for camera cell-angles and close-ups. These drawings are mostly hand-drawn, remember, before technology took over.

3) Finally, my mother attended the opening ceremony and she wrote about it on my other blog, Slipcovers for Your Walls (casartblog). What made this interesting to us was the stair riser mural Walt Disney used in the the entrance way of the museum. Nice to know others are using this artistic concept, as Casart coverings is doing.

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The exhibit is on view until March 14, 2010. If you’re visiting after Mardi Gras (February 16th), it might be something to see. NOMA and City Park have always been some of my favorite places to go in New Orleans. As a young girl, I used to stare at Bouguereau’s Whisperings of Love, “the Angel,” as I called it, for hours while visiting NOMA. I was always captivated by how he could get that incredible sense of soft, not hard-edged realism. Funny how decorative painters, as I came to find out, try to emulate Bouguereau’s painterly style.

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Head over to Café Degas while you’re there. It’s nearby and magical.

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On a side note, WordPress tells me I’ve now written over 300 posts. I wasn’t even counting but that sounds like more than I ever thought I would do. Thanks for tuning in, it makes it worthwhile.