Where Y’Art is a curated digital gallery featuring over artists, craftsmen, and designers from New Orleans. The platform is a marketplace and educational resource for the artists themselves.
Through a partnership with the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, Where Y’Art launched (Somebody Got) Soul, Soul, Soul: Set One on April 6. The exhibition is a celebration of music, culture and expression curated by Melissa A. Weber, also known as DJ Soul Sister.
The exhibition is dually located. Where Y’Art also debuted (Somebody Got) Soul, Soul, Soul: Set Two at their gallery on Royal Street in the Marigny two days later.
Weber named the exhibition after a the song recorded in 1974 by the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians with Big Chief Bo Dollis, Willie Tee and the New Orleans Project.
“The exhibitions launch in advance of New Orleans’ famed Jazz Fest, where national acts take the stage to share in a way of being that local musicians and those born and raised in the Crescent City have always known — that there is no soul like that of New Orleans,” shared the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery.
All of the pieces are equipped with a QR code that anyone can scan and be directed to information about the artist on whereyart.net, making it easier for viewers to connect with the art and artists on display.
Additionally, artist Cheryl Anne Grace has her first full collection on display at the hotel. The Gospel According to New Orleans portrays iconic local musicians and pays homage to their role in the evolution of the eccentric cultural and musical traditions of the city.