Oyster Trail Sculptures
Oyster Trail Sculptures
 

Artists & Sculptures

Celebrate the Louisiana Oyster as you "dine your way through" the Jefferson Parish Oyster Trail! It is our pleasure to introduce the artists of each sculpture and provide you with an overview of who they are and the inspiration behind each oyster sculpture.

Artist Name: 

Claudette Perrin

Venue: 

Town of Jean Lafitte Tourist Information Center

About the Artist: 

I am a bayou girl with Cajun heritage. I am a lifelong resident of the Lafitte area. I am employed by the Town of Jean Lafitte as the hostess/coordinator of the Jean Lafitte Tourist Information /Pirate Museum.

Theme/Inspiration: 

Located inside if the Tourist Information Center is the award-winning attraction "The Historical Animated Puppet Exhibit - Legend of Jean Lafitte", my inspiration for the sculpture is representing the pirate treasure as portrayed in the museum.

Oyster-JeanLafitte

Artist Name: 

Sherry Francalancia

Venue: 

Deanie's Seafood Restaurant

About the Artist: 

Sherry Alaniz Francalancia also known as She, has been painting on any blank surface she can find since she was 8 years old. Her art has been in various group and solo shows. Including yearly participation in the French Quarter Fest. She assisted under Max Bernardi with the House of Blues Mural. She also works at David Art and teaches painting at Sip and Paint and volunteer teaches at Angel's Place.

Theme/Inspiration: 

Deanie's Oyster is a sunset scene of Lake Pontchartrain in Bucktown. A pelican enjoys the view of a shrimping boat and the lighthouse, while crawfish and a crab play on the rocks below. My main inspiration for this piece actually came from Deanie's itself. I have so many fond memories of being at Deanie's with my family . This piece for me is really about family. It was my brother's idea to put Mrs. Barbara's name on the boat and to add the 17th Street canal bridge. My father passed away during the time I was painting the sculpture so then I really became focused on painting a perfect place for my father to fish. Chandra, an owner, asked me to add her father's name to the boat also which made it even more about family.

Oyster-Deanie's

Artist Name: 

Ramona Guidry

Venue: 

Acme Oyster House

About the Artist: 

Ramona is a self-taught artist that enjoys painting scenes from her past and from everyday occurrences, her inspiration is found in an array of things that strike her as unique or interesting. The bayous were where she first received her artistic inspiration. These beautiful, natural, and unedited settings gave her the opportunity to view nature and the environment more intimately. Her artistic eye is also heavily attributed to her unique and diverse Cajun heritage.

Theme/Inspiration: 

The Acme oyster displays an array of fresh seafood and the environment found along the bayous of the south.

Oyster art - Acme

Artist Name: 

Jessica Normington

Venue: 

New Orleans Marriot Metairie at Lakeway

About the Artist: 

Jessica Normington was born on August 13, 1986 in Thibodaux, Louisiana and grew up in Houma, Louisiana. In 2009, she received her BFA in Printmaking at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and in 2014 received her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Florida. She now currently resides in New Orleans where she continues her artistic practice.

Theme/Inspiration: 

The major conceptual theme within Jessica’s artwork is her ability to represent the swamp landscape as a metaphor for the mysteries of life: a subconscious realm, a transcendent and boundless terrain filled with complex forms, and multiple tiers of ecology. Naturally, the Louisiana Oyster Trail project hit home. My inspiration for the oyster was to represent all of the seafood creatures portraying them in their underwater habitat as if one were looking through a fish-eyed lens.

Normington Oyster Back

Oyster art - Normington

Artist Name: 

Rachel Rodriguez

Venue: 

R&O's Restaurant

About the Artist: 

Rachel Rodriguez was born on May 20, 1988 in New Orleans and grew up in Algiers Louisiana on the westbank. Inspired by her grandparents she attended Louisiana State University and pursued her passion for the arts. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus in painting and drawing. After school Rachel became an instructor teaching painting classes at Painting with a Twist in Gretna. She has always been interested in becoming a New Orleans artist painting local bayou scenes and portraits alike. So naturally when she heard about the Oyster Trail she was delighted to volunteer and donate her time to beautifying her community.

Theme/Inspiration: 

She was given R&O’s restaurant that made her think of the many Sundays she dined there as a child with her family. She was given the inspiration for the oyster from Roland, Orla and their children who run the business. They wanted to show how much they love their community and family. They wanted to feature their shrimp boat that can be seen at the blessing of the fleet which they founded! They have truly been a New Orleans tradition for Rachel and many in the New Orleans area.

Rachel Rodriguez

Artist Name: 

Ramona Guidry

Venue: 

Kelley's Village Inn

About the Artist: 

Ramona is a self-taught artist that enjoys painting scenes from her past and from everyday occurrences, her inspiration is found in an array of things that strike her as unique or interesting. The bayous were where she first received her artistic inspiration. These beautiful, natural, and unedited settings gave her the opportunity to view nature and the environment more intimately. Her artistic eye is also heavily attributed to her unique and diverse Cajun heritage.

Theme/Inspiration: 

The Village Inn sculpture is very relaxed and peaceful. It portrays an image of my childhood that I wish I could bring back and repeat again and again. As a child I would often spend hours with my father crab fishing on the lakes near Bayou Barataria and during these times he would share his outlook on life. Those special times with my father, surrounded by the plush and natural landscapes served as inspiration in the art I created.

Oyster-VillageInn

Artist Name: 

Karen Reynolds

Venue: 

Don's Seafood Restaurant

About the Artist: 

My name is Karen Reynolds I have lived in the New Orleans area all of my life. I am a self taught artist specializing in acrylics and faux painting. My family and the city has been my inspiration for my passion for art.

Theme/Inspiration: 

Since this project was not on the typical plain white canvas, the possibilities seemed endless. I had many different ideas and inspirations for the oyster at Don's Seafood Hut. The most intriguing approach was the pearl. I saw the extra dimension from the pearl as a great opportunity for creativity in this process. I decided to represent it as a moon. My use of cool colors and loose paint brush strokes were to keep the viewer's eyes moving while staying centered on the moon. The goal was to create intrigue of our great bayous and their mysteries.

Oyster-Don's

Artist Name: 

Allison Boudreaux

Venue: 

Short Stop Poboys

About the Artist: 

At the age of twenty-two, I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy. As a result of my illness I became homebound and unable to work. I decided to pursue my passions in art. After exploring the work of several Aborigines artist and with the guidance of Jerome Ford, I began to establish a style of my own. Although my disease has created limits, I learned to use my affliction when creating imagery design, and techniques in my work. I love experimenting with mixed media, texture, and vivacious colors.

Theme/Inspiration: 

The description of my oyster is Fleur de lis, Fleur de Z, and Fleur de bee all over; while still capturing the character of a real oyster, but New Orleans team style. I was inspired by the Fleur de lis version of our home teams.

Oyster-Who Dat

Artist Name: 

Keith Eccles

Venue: 

Gattuso's Neighborhood Restaurant

About the Artist: 

Keith Eccles was born and raised in Gretna. He studied art in Memphis, TN where he received his bachelor's degree from the Memphis College of Art. Keith worked in the Jefferson Parish School system for over 12 years where he inspired and touched the lives of countless students. Mr. Eccles was honored as Teacher of the Year three times while a teacher at L.W. Higgins High School, as well as Outstanding Educator. He currently owns and operates Keith Eccles Illustration & Design Studio located in old Gretna. Painting classes are offered in the studio as part of his "Art & Soul" program. Additionally, Keith directs and runs the Westbank Summer Art Camp for kids- recently completing his 9th summer camp. The studio is also a showplace for his numerous original artworks. Keith has participated in extensive fundraising and community events. He is honored to be participating as one of the artists in the Jefferson Parish Oyster Trail project.

Theme/Inspiration: 

Keith Eccles painted his oyster for Gattuso's Restaurant which is located in the heart of Old Gretna. It is painted in a "pop-art" style that encompasses all aspects of people, places and things which are dear to the people of Gretna - some of which are no longer here while others are in business today. Featured in this oyster are very nostalgic places including the St. Joseph Church and the Crockett Fire House - which is the oldest fire house in the United States. In addition, many other known landmarks are represented on this oyster. Another item of interest is the badge of B.H. Miller - Chief of Police - for his service as Chief for over 50 years. This oyster was designed specifically for all of the past, present and future residents and visitors of Gretna to stimulate conversation and memories about "days gone by" as well as all of the great things to come. Also featured is the city's slogan "Small City - Big Heart." So.... We invite everyone to come visit us down in Old Gretna. You can "stay a day or a lifetime." Laissez les bons temps rouler - Let the Good times Roll!

Oyster-Gattusos

Artist Name: 

Veronica Ali

Venue: 

Drago's Seafood Restaurant

About the Artist: 

Veronica Ali was born and raised in Louisiana. She went to high school at Mount Carmel Academy and is now a few months away from graduating at UNO with her bachelors degree. She has been doing art her entire life and hopes to continue doing so, as she hopes to get a masters in Fine Arts.

Theme/Inspiration: 

The piece she did for Drago's, is a piece suggested by Tommy Cvitanovich. She painted an oyster grill with Drago's signature charbroiled oysters on the back, as per Tommy's' request. On the face of the oyster, an oyster lugger, an oyster camp, and of course the eye, "pearl", of the oyster are the dominant features. This oyster is representative of what it takes to make a Drago's charbroiled oyster, all you need now is Drago's famous butter.

Oyster-Dragos Back

Artist Name: 

Cyn Guidry

Venue: 

Grand Isle

About the Artist: 

Cyn began painting in high school and is basically self-taught. For a number of years, she taught folk art at her shop in Galliano to all that wanted to sit and learn. Although her painting took a back seat for a while to raise her four children, she knew that one day she would return to her brushes to paint once again. In painting her oyster sculpture, she wanted to bring attention to the beautiful sunsets of Grand Isle. Vivid reds, oranges, and yellows gleam across the bay and then diminish into hues of blues and violets as the sun settles into the horizon. Because she is thrilled to see the brown pelicans fly once again in abundance, she wanted to pay homage by including a silhouette of the state bird in her painting. Cyn now resides in New Orleans but her heart remains close to the island and the bayou. She is a former graduate of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and is a personal chef. In her off time, Cyn has dusted off those brushes and has once again began to paint. She has transformed one of the rooms in her home into a studio and plans to delve into mixed medias and watercolor.

Theme/Inspiration: 

Growing up on Bayou Lafourche, artist Cyn Guidry, began her appreciation of the gulf's bounty at a very early age. Her father, Captain Mabry Guidry of the trawler, Cajun Lady, took great pride in providing his family with the freshest of his catch and although he was a shrimper, he always scouted out the freshest and saltiest oysters harvested from the local waters by his oysterman friends. Oysters (only second to shrimp, of course), are a favorite of the Guidry clan and they eat ‘em up every which way they can.

Oyster-Grand Isle

Artist Name: 

Julie Graff

Venue: 

Andrea's Restaurant

About the Artist: 

Julie is a local artist, born and raised in New Orleans, and having studied at LSU under the instruction of Amando Blanco. She works mainly in acrylics, water color and graphite. Julie strives to bring life to her landscape and portrait paintings. She tries to convey the feeling to the viewer what made her stop and paint what was before her. Julie enjoys painting from life, either en plein air or in the studio. She also works from photographs. Julie's love of painting still life and animal portraits is what gives her the most pleasure. Julie is also an experienced potter and an instructor with Sip and Paint where she enjoys teaching the love of painting to guests.

Theme/Inspiration: 

I painted the oyster shell to depict Capri's Blue Grotto and rocky shoreline as a tribute to Chef Andrea's Italian heritage. Chef Andrea was born in Capri, Italy. The bright sunlight casts brilliant blue and emerald reflections on the grotto's water and sea cave walls. Chef Andrea is rowing his boat, the "Blu Capri" toward the opening of the Blue Grotto. The surrounding coastline with crashing waves is painted on the shell's back giving the viewer the perspective of standing on its rocky beach looking out to sea.

Oyster A

Artist Name: 

Jane Bateman

Venue: 

Seersucker Restaurant & Catering

About the Artist: 

Jane worked as a cardiac nurse for thirty years. After retiring from nursing, she pulled out her canvases and began painting...a love she was unable to pursue during her time as a nurse. She is a self taught artist that covers a variety of subjects and mediums. As a "Late Bloomer", she is still searching for new and exciting artistic ideas!

Theme/Inspiration: 

The inspiration for this piece comes from the amazing city we live in. Our love of food, music, joie de vivre is obvious in all we do here. We never need an excuse for a festival or party. We drink a lot, laugh a lot, talk loud and shed our inhibitions. This piece wasn't big enough to express all that happens here. I tried to capture as much as I could with the food, wildlife and flavors we so love. The blue-green around the oyster symbolizes the Mississippi River. The Barq's root beer columns support the Crescent City Connection bridge that connects the East and West Banks as we are a very connected people. And of course, we all leave with a smile and a "Happy Belly".

Seersucker Oyster Sculpture

Artist Name: 

Stephen Darre'

Venue: 

Boulevard American Bistro

About the Artist: 

Born and raised in the New Orleans Area, Stephen Darre’ is a local architect and artist who inherited his talent from his father, John Darre’, another local artist. While Stephen is a self-taught painter from an early age, he went to LSU and studied Architecture and continued to expand his creative capabilities. Now, working as a licensed architect and moonlighting as an artist, Stephen likes to combine skills from both fields to create the best buildings and paintings possible.

Theme/Inspiration: 

The idea of painting a king cake onto the oyster came to him, because, as a child, he would watch the Metairie Mardi Gras parades at the location of Boulevard American Bistro, formerly Houston's. When sketching out initial ideas for this piece, he kept going back to a Mardi Gras theme because of it's location on the parade route. The circular shell around the oyster was perfect for a king cake design. The painted baby sits in the center of the king cake just as the pearl sits inside the oyster.

Boulevard American Bistro Oyster Sculpture

Artist Name: 

Lizzie Uddo Randol

Venue: 

Riccobono's Peppermill

About the Artist: 

Born and raised in New Orleans, Artist Lizzie Uddo Randol appreciates Modern art. Her keen taste in both art and design led her to begin painting. She is self-taught. Her inspiration comes from her late mother, who had a penchant for interior design, art and gourmet cooking. Lizzie loves working with color and gravitates toward golds, creams & iridescents. The evolution of her style is evident in the breadth of her creations. She is married with three children and is one of the owners of Riccobono's Peppermill alongside her sister and cousin. To see more of Lizzie's work visit here or call 504-495-7805.

Theme/Inspiration: 

One of my favorite spins on color in all of my artwork is iridescence, so the oyster allows for abstract painting to mimic the true colors of a true Louisianna oyster shell. Upon studying a shell, you will see all of the stunning colors that show as the light hits it from different directions, blues, whites, creams, purple, green and reds...absolutely breathtaking. I tried to encompass those color while painting the Riccobono's Oyster.

 

Riccobono's Oyster Sculpture

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