723 Louisa Street Digest is a potluck open studio event hosted in an shotgun apartment in the St. Claude Arts District. Projects and events are presented on an organic schedule, and a brunch is held once a month, usually the Sunday after the second Saturday art walk.

Email: digest@723Louisa.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/723Digest

The Unicorn in Captivity // 11-9-12

Interactive art opening scheduled for the Friday before St. Claude openings.
7pm-10pm

Capture and slaughter of a real, live unicorn!

A potluck feast: vegetarian dishes prepared with unicorn flesh.
Hosted by Kayla Risko and Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell.
(If you’d like to bring a dish, you can contact us, or just bring it by!)

Methods and Models of Courting the Fantastic:
A series of short talks and demonstrations by
Caesar Meadows, Rastin Rastgoufard, and Michael Bardwell.

Paintings by Myrna Leticia Enamorado.
Video by Ashley Brett Chipman.

Mille-Fleurs:
An Exquisite Corpse Sonnet Tapestry of The Ineffable.

And of course, bedtime storytelling.

OTHER WAYS TO SAY // 4-13-12

Show: April 13, 2012 (7:00pm – till)

Brunch: April 15, 2012 (11am-3pm)

Where: 723 Louisa Street

723 Louisa Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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OTHER WAYS TO SAY

Works by Emmy Levitas and Sara Quinn

Throughout the porch, studio, den and stairwell.

OTHER WAYS TO SAY explores human communication beyond the bounds of language. Through wordless books, movement, sculpture, and performance, OTHER WAYS both describes and embodies interpersonal expression and exchange that occurs across language barriers, or in inherently non-linguistic forms. How do we read each other’s bodies? Each other’s refuse?

A product of dialogue between the artists, this project presents objects imbued with sedimentary human presences, and experimental movement conjuring and capturing moments of empathy.

Second Saturday Opening and Brunch with a Still Life // 3-10-12 / 3-11-12

When: Mar. 10, 2012 (6:00pm – 9:00pm)

Mar. 11, 2012 (11:00am – 3:00pm)

Where: 723 Louisa Street

723 Louisa Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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»Sally Caraway
Idols. Painting. In the Studio.

»Caesar Meadows.
What The Hell Are You Thinking?!! Empty Thought Qömik Portraits.
In the Den.

»Still Life Parlor
A collaborative endeavor brought to you by Kayla Risko with Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell. In the Stairwell.

»How to Use Your Magical Powers: Your Past Lives
A collaborative endeavor brought to you by Ashley Brett Chipman and Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell. On the Porch

What?!! Digest is EVOLVING?!!

I’ve been hosting projects at 723 Louisa Street Digest since November 2010, and since then a lot of great people have potlucked in by displaying projects, helping put on shows, and bringing brunch sundries. This month I want to acknowledge a couple of people who’ve been taking a big part in this endeavor for a long time, and who have future plans!

Also I want to announce that March is the last month for events in the current second Saturday style. Starting next month, brunch will continue the Sunday after the St. Claude openings, but night openings will be at different times and in new formats, including but not limited to Yard Sales as well as Porch TV Night. Next month, Sara Quinn and Emmy Levitas will present a variety of projects througout the house on Friday, April 13th. Watch this email and the Digest website and facebook for scheduling of future projects!

Ashley Brett Chipman 723 Louisa Video Shaman

Ashley and I met in November 2010 during the first open studios event at Digest. Soon afterward she created a video installation in the Stairwell called Swagger for a Lost Magnificence. Since then, Ashley and I worked together to create a series of videos screened on the Porch, which educate the public about using their magical powers. Ashley helped run the Kickstarter so that we could buy a projector to show these videos and has shown some additional videos of her own. She has introduced many artists to Digest that have since then presented projects here. Soon Ashley will be curating video work from artists around town and the country for screenings on the porch.

Kayla Rikso 723 Louisa Artist in Residence Program Fellow

Kayla first arrived in New Orleans in September 2011 to participate as the first official artist in residence in the 723 Louisa Street Artist in Residence Program. During October, she showed a series of drawings created while at 723 Louisa Street and we also collaborated on (A Fishy Surprise!) in the Stairwell. In November, Kayla hosted a satelitte exhibition and website launch event of the Museum of Fictional Art. After returning to New Orleans in January 2012, Kayla has continued to assist in the production of projects at Digest, including curating and creating the Still Life Parlor in the Stairwell this month. Later this spring, Kayla will host an event celebrating a new exhibition of work in the Museum of Fictional Art.


About this Month’s Artists and Projects

Sally CarawaySally Caraway is a local artist who works at Steve Martin Fine Art on Julia Street. She attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront and graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Memphis College of Art in Tennessee. “Idols” is a group of paintings drawing links between the land and sea, humanity and nature, and this city with the surrounding environment.


Caesar MeadowsCaesar Meadows is a cartoonist who considers himself quite fortunate to have grown up in New Orleans. His comic strips have been published regularly in such local periodicals as “Where Y’at” and “Antigravity.” He enjoys (ahem) ‘recontextualizing the long established idioms of the comic strip by employing the use of non-traditional formats and materials.’ For example, reformatting his strips as micro-comics and selling them in capsule vending machines in select locations around town. He also makes special edition micro-comics to give out to folks during carnival season and on Mardi Gras day. He happens to be one of the founding artists of “dafa FUNGUS”, an underground n’awlins artist jam comic book series that began in 1998.  His latest creative endeavor and focus is the editing  of “FEAST yer eyes,” an annual illustration & comix anthology. The first issue of which was published here in New Orleans in 2010.


Still Life ParlorStill Life Parlor

Curated by Kayla Risko with Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell. What wonders await for you in this expansive, interactive still life with its cornucopia of sensual and tactile experiences!


How to Use Your Magical Powers: Your Past Lives

Ashley Brett Chipman and Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell present to the final video in a series of educational and instructional films about magic.

Second Saturday Art Opening and Gizmotronic Brunch // 1-14-12 / 1-15-12

When:  Jan. 14, 2012 (6:00pm – 9:00pm)
            Jan. 15, 2012 (11:00am – 3:00pm)

Where: 723 Louisa Street
723 Louisa Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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»Sabri Reed. (Artist in Residence.)
Stand in place with a tool in your hand for a long time. Happening.
In the Studio, and Kitchen.

»Margaret Hull.
Embroidery.
In the Den.

»Francis Wong.
Summer in Winter. Works on paper and video.
In the Stairwell.

Join us for a brunch of the machines on Sunday. Don't forget to bring something to juice in the juicer or something to fry in the deep fryer!


About the Artists

Sabri ReedSabri Reed is a performance artist, sculptor, baker, teacher, facilitator and patron of the United States Postal Service.  From North Carolina, she is currently based out of Chicago, IL where she is an MFA in Performance candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Currently her attention has been focused on the poetry and resonance of everyday activities.  She is researching and developing ways to use art to engage these activities more fully herself as well as create instruction sets, kits and other formats for drawing other people into the intensity of boiling water, shredding lettuce, growing salt crystals, baking a cake and sharpening pencils.

image: Sabri Reed. Unmade Cake.


Margaret HullMargaret Hull is an artist working in embroidery.  She grew up in the historic district of Church Hill in Richmond, Virginia before moving to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. .  In 2008 she graduated with a BFA in Fiber.  While at MICA, she was involved in Community Arts Partnerships and received a France Merrick Fellowship to teach embroidery workshops at homeless shelters.  She has continued community outreach work in New Orleans by teaching art as well as adult literacy.  Her current work explores the grid structure of woven cloth and is inspired by the memory of a 1980’s quilted wall hanging that her parents received as a wedding gift.

image: Margaret Hull. Geostudies. (Detail)


Francis WongFrancis Wong grew up on the Northshore but visited the Southshore very often. He attended NOCCA for the summer program and during his senior year in high school, He attended the University of New Orleans pre Katrina and experienced the aftermath in southeast Louisiana. He moved back to New Orleans after a year and has trained under water for the past 5-6 years. He also got a Zulu coconut curse during his first ZULU parade and has not been able to stop taking pictures or having good times. He now goes by GoodtimeFrancis and Dr.Wong. He lives in an old cottagehouse in the Bywater.

image: Francis Wong. Nature.


Fringe Fest Costume and Puppetry Party and Cookie Day /12-10&11-11

When: Dec. 10, 2011 (6:00pm – 9:00pm)

Dec. 11, 2011 (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Where: 723 Louisa Street

723 Louisa Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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This month 723 Louisa Street celebrates the awesome work of Fringe Fest Artists with a party featuring installations of costumes and puppets from the following Fringe Fest 2011 shows:

»Pchile Goyin.
NEW NOISE / Mondo Bizarro.
In the Studio.

»The Wedding.
Kat Sotelo and Jee-Horne Kan.
In the Den.

»The Bride of Black Lake.
The Mudlark Puppeteers.
In the Stairwell.

In addition, you are invited to witness:
»Cookie Day 2011.
Brought to you by Ashley Brett Chipman & Amanda Cassingham.
On the Porch.


About the Fringe Shows

Pchile GoyinPchile Goyin is the story of a woman swallowed by a lake. She wakes on the other side, surrounded by colossal spiders and shape-shifting trees. Where a snake charmer gives lessons in shedding your own skin. Huge puppets, intricate masks, live music, and physical performance lead audiences on a spectacle-sized journey through this folk tale of transformation.





The WeddingThe Wedding Guests were cordially invited to witness THE WEDDING, a violent and partially nude celebration of marital un-traditions in the name (or maim) of Love. Combining pop sing-alongs, dance, transforming costumes, and invented rituals… the performance  served as the ACTUAL-REAL-LIFE Wedding ceremony for long-time collaborators Kat Sotelo and Jee-Horne Kan.



The Bride of Black LakeThe Bride of Black Lake Lida, a young Jewish Bride, is attacked on her way to her wedding. When Lida is cast into the waters of the Black Lake, she is approached by the rusalki, unquiet spirits of drowned women. They offer her a final wish. Will Lida make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love or be forever lost in darkness? Features bunraku, marionette and shadow puppetry.



About Cookie Day 2011

On Sunday, December 11, 2011; sweet buttery goodness will rain from the sky into the awaiting hands of those who truly believe in Cookie Day. Are you a true believer? Seek out a Cookie Day 2011 token near you, and arrive at 723 Louisa Street after 1pm on Sunday. Be prepared for Cookie Day!

Open Studios & Potluck

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About the Artists

Kayla RiskoKayla Risko graduated in 2009 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Following a four-month adventure with the FAAP artist-in-residency program in Sao Paulo, where she made drawings and taught workshops, Kayla returned to the States and currently resides in New Orleans. This month's opening marks the conclusion of Kayla's romp in the 723 Louisa Street Artist in Residence Program. Kayla also interns at The Museum of Fictional Art in Wrenfield, Massachusetts. Concurrent with its reopening this weekend, she has turned the Studio into a kind of Museum satellite, a travelling exhibition of ekphrastic art. She will be conducting virtual tours on behalf of the MFA, as well as accepting architectural submissions for their new building.

image: Kayla Risko. MFA, Gamboge Hall.


Kiernan DunnKiernan Dunn   is a New Orleans based artist born in New York. Through performance, video and printmaking Kiernan is creating a magical combination of nonexistent truth and fiction to form an alternate reality. The physical and autobiographical nature of Kiernan Dunn’s practice is meant to beguile. By questioning nothing she questions everything; finding beauty in the disregarded. The abandoned constantly challenges Kiernan’s inner hoarder. Her tedious approach to salvage the discarded builds a dynamic relationship with trash and elegance. The playful demeanor of Kiernan’s work compares the notion of a permanent vacation with heartbreak and delusions.

image: Kiernan Dunn.


Joshua DuncanJoshua Duncan raised in Slidell, Louisiana, has been inspired by the still image since childhood. This interest led to a Bachelor's Degree in illustration from Memphis College of Art. Since graduation Joshua's work has begun to split into two main sections, his non-objective abstract paintings and his illustrative work. The later being built around the relationship with sketch book journaling. Duncan's interest in ancient histories and comparitive mythology has led his work to delve into the depths of the psyche within the human animal.
The illustrations, for Joshua, are more personal and reflect his life through the use of symboloic metaphors and imagery.

image: Joshua Duncan.


Reptile EyesAshley Brett Chipman and Amanda Cassingham Ashley Brett Chipman from Reston, VA, practiced ballet since a young age and studied film at University of Virginia. She recently relocated to New Orleans. In February 2011, Ashley showed her film installation, Swagger for a Lost Magnificence in the Stairwell at 723 Louisa Street Digest. Amanda Cassingham from Algiers, LA, studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has been hosting shows at 723 Louisa Street Digest since November 2010. Ashley and Amanda are currently embarking on a short series of videos which will educate the public about magical powers, and which both take place and are presented on the Porch at 723 Louisa Street.

image: Ashley Brett Chipman and Amanda Cassingham.  Reptile Eyes.
(Face courtesy of Jacob Reptile.)


Prospect Brunch / 10-23-11

Prospect Brunch

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Second Saturday Art Opening / 10-8-11

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About the Artists
Kayla RiskoKayla Risko has been living and working in Jamaica Plain, Mass, since graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2009. She recently arrived in New Orleans following a four-month drawing adventure at the FAAP Residencia Artistica in Sao Paulo. As the current artist-in-residence here at 723 Louisa St., Kayla will continue developing the series of drawings shown in The Studio. Kayla is also dedicated to expanding the collection of the Museum of Fictional Art, a newborn space where artworks of literary origin will be gathered, archived, and arranged for public display. The museum will open its doors to visitors next month, with a selection of paintings from the creased and dog-eared volumes of its permanent collection.

image: Kayla Risko A Balloon Happening. (Detail)


Happy BurbeckHappy Burbeck works primarily in pen and ink and watercolor. She makes drawings of insects and fat mammals, among other things. She is from a small town in Iowa and has lived in New Orleans for 10 years, off and on. She is also in the band Ixnay, is a contributor to The Nose Knows, a weekly zine, and has been the poster artist for the New Orleans Bookfair for the past 3 years. She teaches art at The New Orleans School of Art and Craft.
image: Happy Burbeck Stupid Polar Bear.


How to Use Magical PowersAshley Brett Chipman and Amanda Cassingham Ashley Brett Chipman from Reston, VA, practiced ballet since a young age and studied film at University of Virginia. She recently relocated to New Orleans. In February 2011, Ashley showed her film installation, Swagger for a Lost Magnificence in the Stairwell at 723 Louisa Street Digest. Amanda Cassingham from Algiers, LA, studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has been hosting shows at 723 Louisa Street Digest since November 2010. Ashley and Amanda are currently embarking on a short series of videos which will educate the public about magical powers, and which both take place and are presented on the Porch at 723 Louisa Street.
image: Ashley Brett Chipman and Amanda Cassingham Slot Machine Key #141.


Drawing Party / Potluck / Closing / 10-2-11

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