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ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
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NASA Week to Blast…

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Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
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Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 7 - 25, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
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Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 7 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Sweat Social…

Jul 7 - Dec 20, 2015
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Gambit’s 2015…

Jul 8 - 8, 2015
Gambit's 2015 Emerging Chefs Challenge recognizes the next generation of… more

2015 Francisco…

Jul 9 - 9, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2015 Francisco Bouligny Lecture will… more

Langlois Girls Night…

Jul 9 - Sep 3, 2015
Bring your friends to Langlois on Thursdays or Fridays this summer for girls'… more

LIVE IMPROV WITH NOLA…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Improv Comedy with NOLA ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a… more

San Fermin in Nueva…

Jul 9 - 12, 2015
The 9th Annual Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is… more

Yappy Hour in the…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Smoothie King Center…

Jul 10 - 11, 2015
Garth Brooks is bringing his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood to the Smoothie… more

Toast & Tiki Tails

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Toasts & Tiki-Tails" will be held at the NO Fleas Market  during… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

Inventing Worlds, Homes and Gardens: with Artist Mel Watkin

September 28, 2013
  • Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens
  • Address: 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Times: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Admission: $25
  • Contact: Hilairie Schackai
  • Phone: 504-293-4726
  • Venue: Longue Vue House and Gardens
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Mel Watkin American artist draws on secondhand surfaces because she likes materials that come with a certain amount of embedded history and automatic association. Cartography provides a predetermined structure, a map of history and culture, and a window into the mind of the original drafter.

For "The River Between Us" at Longue Vue, Watkin was inspired by many of the historic objects that fill the house, and most specifically a turn-of-the-century campaign table. For her installation "River Campaign," Watkin created a picnic set and altered outdated river navigational charts following the course of the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans, which will be inserted throughout the historic house. Description While drawing is the focus of Mel Watkin's work, she prefers to work on surfaces other than plain white paper. She likes to work with materials that come with an imbedded history and automatic associations.

Over the years she had worked on surfaces such as china tea cups, lace, pillowcases, and maps. In this workshop she will walk participants through various experiments involving the creation of "inventive worlds, homes and gardens."