Our New Orleans bed and breakfast, the Grand Victorian, is excited to announce it has commissioned 8 new paintings, from acclaimed Louisiana artist Henry Watson.
photo by Bill Feig, Morning Advocate
Innkeeper Bonnie met the artist recently at the Louisiana Tourism Summit in Baton Rouge. It is a forum that brings all things Louisiana together in one place annually. She says,
When I first saw the detail in Henry’s work, I thought he had simply painted his subjects on old cypress. It wasn’t until I looked more closely that I noticed that everything was carved first and then accented with colorful paint. I got to meet him and learned that he was a warm, out-going, interesting and uniquely Louisiana man who creates one-of-a-kind artwork that is as individual as the man himself. After hearing him speak about everything that is on his nearby horizon, I knew immediately that I needed to have his work in my house. When I created the Grand Victorian, I named every room after my favorite Louisiana plantations and have always dreamed of having each plantation represented in the form of a unique piece of art. Soon I’ll be able to say “It’s a Watson!”
Each of our guest rooms will boast a special bas-relief painting of the plantation for which it is named: Rosedown, Oak Alley, Greenwood, Magnolia, The Shadows, Evergreen, Destrehan and Nottoway.
The paintings are three dimensional carvings done on 100 year old cypress wood reclaimed by the artist. Watson looks for old buildings, researches to discover who owns the property and how old it is, buys it, then tears down the buildings himself to use the wood.
Watson’s studio is located just outside of New Roads in a 150 year old slave house near scenic False River. His art is drawn from stories told to him by his grandmother and history of the deep south.
We can’t wait to add a piece of local artistry to your Grand Victorian experience! Choose your favorite plantation room today!
Get your presale tickets before August 31 for one of the best tasting fundraisers all year, happening November 8.
Benefitting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Boudin Bourbon and Beer features 40 of New Orleans’ best chefs preparing dishes using the Louisiana original sausage with rice known as boudin.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, a presenting sponsor from the world’s most decorated distillery will be pouring “neat” tastes, and professional mixologists will create speciality cocktails.
Locally bottled Abita beer is one of the sponsoring organizations, and will offer special surprise brews for guests to taste at the event.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports non-profit organizations that provide educational programs, life skills development, culinary training and cultural enrichment, creating opportunities in the communities where Emeril’s restaurants operate.
Add some more B’s to your Boudin Bourbon and Beer weekend by staying at your favorite B&B, the Grand Victorian in the historic Garden District.
In the city that celebrates, it won’t be too long before the beat of drums and marching feet resonate on the streets with more parades and celebrations.
Guests enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Parade
There are several St. Patrick’s Day parades that feature walking groups dressed in costumes of green who give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route. The floats that follow the walkers throw beads plus the more infamous cabbages, carrots, onions…and moonpies! The Irish Channel parade on Saturday, March 16 passes directly in front of the Grand Victorian.
One of the marching club members decked out in green
New this year, the annual Parasol Block Party in the Irish Channel has been extended to a 3 day celebration!
On March 19, our city’s Sicilian heritage is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day with elaborate altars in Catholic churches and private homes in honor of this saint who provided relief during a famine in Sicily.
Altar at Innkeeper Bonnie’s family’s home
St. Joseph’s Day has also been adopted as an important day for the Mardi Gras Indians, an African-American tradition unique to New Orleans. The Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indian parade on the Sunday nearest St. Joseph’s Day is the one time of year all of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together to show off their new suits. Original costumes are created every year and can weigh between 100 and 150 pounds.
Intricate hand-beaded suits walk the streets on Super Sunday!
We still have a few rooms left for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. You’ll get a front porch view of the St. Patrick’s Day parade from the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, and you’re a streetcar away from the French Quarter and Super Sunday events. Hope to see you on the streets!