After stumbling upon an unmanned camera during her sophomore year at NYU, Lacy Davillier devoted her studies to the photographic arts, earning a BFA in studio art with a focus on photography and graphic design. She found that the peace and seclusion of the dark room proved a welcome respite from the din of city traffic, the pressures of school, and the monotony of sunlight. The young yet experienced photographer now specializes in contemporary photography, chronicling weddings, maternity moments, and celebrating families on location or in her studio. This picturesque space on historic Canal Street, with its wood floors, original doors, and classic New Orleans porch, serves as a romantic backdrop for any manner of shoots, and is fully stocked with toys and organic juices for clients? kids. Lacy also performs a variety of graphic-design services as well as photograph-restoration work.
Duplantier Fine Framing's art wranglers corral wayward images from masterpieces to family photos within the bounds of their well-wrought custom frames. Preserve a 16”x20” or 18”x24” piece between the sleek lines of basic metal moulding, with premium glass and foam-core backing to ensure comfortable displays for well-appointed portraits or oversize lottery checks (pieces start around $100). Prints 14”x18” earn well-deserved breathing room with spacers between the print and glass, the extra air adding unmated buoyancy to newborn pastels. Although prices fluctuate based on size, selection, and Brazil's watercolor harvest, every frame is custom-made, by hand using state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring that memorabilia stays attractively preserved for years to come.
Revelle’s Art & Framing by Design offers high-quality frames, framing supplies, and an assortment of artwork and jewelry designed by local artists. Prices vary according to the size and nature of the project, but frame-seekers can enhance the edges of family photos or rare collectors’-item nude portraits of Herbert Hoover with a custom 11”x14” frame ($50), chosen from a select group that includes black-, gold-, and silver-lined frames featuring anti-UV-ray glass, archival matting and backing, and a strong magnetic attraction to walls. Customers can also opt to shop the shop’s selection of New Orleans Saints memorabilia, soy candles, artisan jewelry, and decorative fleur-de-lis crafts hand-made by modern French monarchs.
The staff at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing works with clients to devise unique combinations of frames and archival materials to protect photos, paintings, portraits, and memorabilia. Under the direction of expert framer Jeff Alltmont, Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing encloses wall hangings of all types in elegant, expertly crafted edgings. Within a large, bright workshop and retail space, customers peruse thousands of frame samples that adorn the walls in a single-file parade of right angles, displaying all available custom-frame colors, styles, and sizes. The friendly craftspersons at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing obligingly advise customers in the process of designing the frame that gives their picture the snazziest hug, including custom mirrors, cork, and chalkboards. Each piece of Alltmont's handiwork is specially fitted to the specific treasure it houses, whether priceless works of art, pride-inducing diplomas and awards, or prized Vincent van Gogh Super Bowl jerseys.
"What do you want to create?" That is the question posed to each of New Orleans Paint N Party's visitors. During the studio's energetic parties, local artists teach visitors to put brush on canvas, creating colorful projects such as streetcars and city skylines. The staff keeps it simple. They greet each visitor with a presketched canvas and a trove of supplies, including brushes and paints. New Orleans Paint N Party also invites its customers to bring along food and potable beverages; they'll even supply the wine opener, ice bucket, ice pick, and drinking glasses.