While still a part of New Orleans proper, crossing the bridge into Algiers feels like getting away to somewhere else. Traffic ceases, the constant mill of people halts and the calm of getting out of the city is suddenly present. The Algiers Folk Art Festival had that same impression. Held on the grounds of the Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum, it had the coziness of a party thrown in a backyard. Children wandered around with face paint and sno-balls, and a barbecue in the corner made charcoal smoked air. Tents set up on the grounds were filled with traditional New Orleans art. This included sculpture, painting, mixed media arts, jewelry, ceramics and quilts done by artists Charles Gillam, Sr., Paul “Jawbone” Douroux, Maggie McEleney, Dr. Bob, Cely Pedescleaux, Jennifer Blanchard, Dylan Bell, Destiny Fields, Dianne Baquet, Chris Grisaffe, Jennifer Cart, Nate Scott, Ransom McCormick, Jr., and Robin Fournet. After perusing all the art the festival had to offer, many visitors stayed to dance along to the performances from local New Orleans musical acts such as the Brian Murray Traditional Jazz Band, Marcel Anton Trio, Paul Sanchez, Benny Grunch and the Bunch, and Confetti Park Players. With so much to offer, we have the Algiers Folk Art Zone to thank for a lovely November afternoon.
Check out some photos of the event, all taken by Anne Elise Hastings.