The Second Story Gallery was founded in 2012, as part of the post-Katrina explosion of art galleries and artists’ spaces in the St. Claude Arts District that showcases the city’s dynamic art scene. The Second Story Gallery regularly holds opening exhibitions on the second Saturdays of each month from 6 to 9pm and is located on the second floor of the New Orleans Healing Center, at 2372 St. Claude Ave., directly across the street from the St. Roch Market. The Gallery is also open daily, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome, and admission is always free.
Charles M. Lovell (far left) has been the New Orleans Healing Center’s Second Story Gallery Director since February 2018. During his tenure as the Director, along with overseeing the co-operative members gallery in the St. Claude Arts District, Charles organized many great exhibitions. Most notably, Charles originated the Thirty New Orleans Artists exhibition, a visual arts program of the City of New Orleans’ 300-year anniversary celebration, held from September 8 to November 2, 2018. The exhibition highlighted the many contributors of our contemporary visual artists during New Orleans’ Tricentennial. Mayor Latoya Cantrell signed a proclamation for the exhibition for the City of New Orleans and Thirty New Orleans Artists had over 500 attending the opening reception and awards ceremony in September 2018. We want to thank Charles for all the effort he has put into the Gallery and are happy to report that although he will no longer be the Director, he will remain an active member of the cooperative gallery.
Leona Strassberg Steiner is a photographer, fine art photo printer, curator, printmaker and former dancer. Her work centers on issues of land, environmentalism, memories, transitions, and beauty. “For me, art is about revisiting our perspectives about race, class, and environmentalism; the end game is seeing how we are all connected on this planet, how we are all one.” Steiner has exhibited her photographs and prints extensively with solo exhibitions of her work at The Victory Hall Drawing Rooms of Jersey City and the New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Spain, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Orleans, and New York. In 2015-2018 Leona curated PoliticoPopUp, a one-night exhibition, in New Orleans, that showed works of 40 artists from around the country, who create political art, with limited exhibition opportunities. Leona’s work was shown at The Ogden Museum, as part of Louisiana Contemporary 2019. Currently she enjoys working in collaboration with other artists, while exploring further her love of cyanotypes and analog photography. Leona recently joined the cooperative gallery and we are excited to have her as the new gallery Director.
The Second Story Gallery announces the exhibition Perseverance, featuring the work of nine New Orleans artists who, isolated in their studios, responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through their art production. The public can meet the artists at a free opening reception, Saturday, June 13 from 6 to 9pm. The exhibition will run from June 13 to August 31 with gallery hours from 9am to 7pm, daily.
Artists and the creative community have been at the forefront of the renewal efforts for New Orleans to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Cynthia Ramirez, who originated the exhibition, said, “We as New Orleanians are experts at perseverance. Following every disaster that is thrown at us, we persevere. We have to continue to follow the guidelines set by the CDC so that we can stay safe and control COVID-19.
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Sara “Sahara” Hollis
Leona Strassberg Steiner
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