Julia Street was abuzz with activity last weekend when the New Orleans Arts District Association presented its annual rite of spring event, Jammin’ on Julia.

About two dozen art galleries in the district opened their doors for an intimate look at fresh, new, exciting exhibitions.

First stop on the list was the Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery, where the work of artist Matilde Alberny was featured.

Alberny has recently returned to New Orleans after spending time in Colombia with her artist husband, Gustavo Duque. Her new body of work included a series of delicate clay sculptures that capture the vulnerability and fragility of her favorite subject, women.

The diversity of Alberny’s talent was featured in a series of collages as well as some finely crafted pieces of jewelry that had many of her collectors flocking to congratulate her.

While guests mingled, pianist Rich Look entertained art lovers as the bar served up refreshments to a steady flow guests at the gallery.

Outside, music filled the air for blocks along the Julia Street corridor as patrons strolled from one gallery to the next. Up the street, large crowds gathered at the George Schmidt Gallery to both enjoy the music of an amazing New Orleans jazz quartet and to view Schmidt’s collection inside.

Besides being a noted artist, Schmidt is also an accomplished musician who plays a leading role in the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra. I was lucky enough to happen upon him singing!

The New Orleans Arts District is a nonprofit association that was formed in 1990 with the mission of promoting and showcasing world-class within the Crescent City.

NOAD sponsors monthly art openings as well as several signature events throughout the year.

Jammin’ on Julia opens the spring art season with a casual stroll along the strip.

The popular White Linen Night takes place in August, attracting thousands of patrons from across the country to New Orleans. For more information on all NOAD events, please visit www.neworleansartsdistrict.com.

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