The largest survey of works by self-taught artist Willie White will be on exhibit at the Creative Alliance of New Orleans’ gallery space in the Myrtle Banks Building, 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans, through June 26.
Born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1908, White worked as a porter and levee construction worker before moving to New Orleans.
Artists he met in the Crescent City inspired him, and he began selling his bright, colorful artwork, mostly drawn with felt-tip pens on poster board, from his home on Dryades Street in Central City, clipping them to a clothesline draped over his front porch.
Considered a visionary, White’s drawings focused on religious topics, prehistoric creatures and animals. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, he often created images of the explosion that killed seven astronauts.
White died in 2001.
About 40 of White’s artworks will be on exhibit, according to Jeanne Nathan, of CANO.
The exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is staged in conjunction with the opening of the Dryades Public Market in the same building.
For information, call (504) 218-4807 or go to dryades publicmarket.com.