Second Story Gallery 

March Exhibition

The Magical Line: A Drawing Retrospective by Saharahwill open at the Second Story Gallery, Saturday, March 9, with a reception, open to the public, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cooperative gallery is located in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The show will be open through April 6. Admission is free.

Saharah is Dr. Sara Hollis, a Second Story Gallery co-op member and professor in the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program at Southern University at New Orleans, where she joined the faculty in 1973. This retrospective covers a lifetime of drawing, her favorite medium. Besides her own work, Hollis is introducing four guest artists: Dr. Haitham Eid, director of the M.A. Museum Studies Program at SUNO, and Beryl Johns, Floyd Williams, and Julie Romain, all Museum Studies Program graduates.

Hollis creates art in several mediums and has exhibited at the Second Story Gallery and with the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Beecher Memorial Quilt Group. As a scholar, Hollis specializes in African and African American art and culture. She holds a doctorate in humanities and African American studies from Atlanta University, a master’s in cultural anthropology and African studies from Indiana University, and a bachelor of fine arts from California State University, Long Beach.




Charles Lovell

Gina Laguna

Amy Bryan

Natori Green

Ron Bennett

Sara Hollis

Cynthia Ramirez

 Michael Alford

Belinda Flores Shinshillas


If you are interested in joining the Second Story Gallery, contact:
Charles Lovell at or 575.770.0095

By Laws (Framed by Andy P. Antippas, May, 2012, Changed by Charless Lovell, April 2018)


The full name of the artists’ cooperative, Second Story Gallery at New Orleans Healing Center, should be used on all advertising and announcements.

The Second Story Gallery (hereafter referred to as SSG) occupies a designated area on the second level of the New Orleans Healing Center (hereafter NOHC).


Provide cooperative members with an opportunity to develop as visual artists by exhibiting and selling their work.

Exhibit members’ work in a professional and systematic manner, with openings on the second Saturday of the month (with exceptions for Mardi Gras and major special events) in conjunction with the tradition established by the other galleries in and around the St. Claude Arts District.

Offer artist members the opportunity to present an annual solo or two-person show, to contribute to the exhibition lineup through providing input and curation, and to display examples of their work in a secondary Gallery space.


The SSG is a silo (tenant) of the NOHC. As such, it is represented by a Gallery Director reporting to the NOHC Executive Director.

Any issues or disputes occurring among or between Co-op members are to be resolved by a simple majority vote of the members in good standing (hereafter MIGS.) The Gallery Director and NOHC Executive Director will work to resolve any issues regarding Gallery operations. The Board of the NOHC is the final arbiter in any disputes that may occur between the SSG and the other NOHC silos.

Members of the SSG must indicate their awareness of and adherence to the NOHC Mission and Vision Statement by signing it (found below). They must also sign the NOHC’s Waiver of Liability (also found below).


MIGS will vote to determine the number of members in the Co-op; however, the membership should not fall below ten (10).

Co-op MIGS will vet applicants for membership. Current MIGS are exempt from a formal vetting process. New members are those who receive a majority of the MIGS’ votes and sign the acknowledgment of SSG Bylaws, NOHC Mission and Vision Statement, NOHC Waiver of Liability, and Lease/Rental Agreement.

Application Process

Artists who are residents of New Orleans and environs who wish to be considered for membership in the Second Story Gallery and who are in accord with our Bylaws and Lease/Rental Agreement and with the NOHC Waiver of Liability and Mission and Vision Statement can submit their name, physical and email addresses, a résumé, a note of their principal medium, an artist’s statement, a link to their website, and 10 to 15 images sized at 72dpi jpegs with 1500 pixels at longest side of their works to Subject line: Second Story Gallery Application.

As soon as an opening occurs in the ranks, the SSG will advertise a call for artists and will notify applicants on file they are eligible for consideration. Applicants who are still interested may update their résumés and resend their updated material.

Decision Process

The Gallery Director will assemble all the submissions and distribute them to the membership. Co-op MIGS will review the applications and vote on new members, who will be chosen by a simple majority vote.

Membership in the SSG Co-op obligates the member to sign a one-year lease, effective from the date of sign-up.

Co-op members agree to contribute $75/month to the (approximately) $900/month rental of the designated art space, payable by the 5th of every month to the Gallery Director.  Current MIGS may be given a discount for their monthly fees. Dues may increase based on current economic factors; if so, any increase will be implemented at the beginning of the year.

Co-op members agree to place $150 (last month’s rent and damage deposit) in an escrow account held by the NOHC. At the termination of the lease, the damage deposit will be returned, unless the lease is broken, in which case remaining funds are forfeited.

The Gallery Director represents the Co-op members and reports to the Healing Center’s Executive Director.

The Gallery Director’s responsibilities are to collect the monthly fees and escrow; to have new members sign all membership documents (Bylaws, NOHC Mission and Vision Statement, NOHC Waiver of Liability, and Lease/Rental Agreement) and insure the documents are kept on file; to keep an updated membership and expense ledger for the SSG; to oversee the annual exhibition schedule; to assist members with installation, receptions, publicity, and social media; and to call and chair meetings and act as facilitator and mediator.

The Gallery Director will deposit the monthly fees and escrows in the NOHC bank account by the 10th of the month. The Gallery Director will exercise his/her judgment to permit a member to pay later than the prescribed time during valid emergency situations. Late payment is subject to a $25 penalty for first occurrence, $50 for second occurrence, and on third occurrence members will be considered to have violated their Lease/Rental Agreement and are subject to termination.


Each MIGS will be assigned one annual solo or two-person show. The monthly exhibition period will begin in January, with each member allotted one month. Group shows by members are arranged when possible.

Both the allocation of the exhibition months and the permanent personal exhibition areas will be done at a Co-op meeting with MIGS and the Gallery Director.

Any MIGS can bring a non-Co-op-member artist in to share their exhibition month without vetting or can curate a group exhibition in their annual slot.

The Gallery Director may book other exhibitions for a rental fee to museums, galleries, educational or cultural institutions as needed when members’ shows are not confirmed, with the goal of enhancing the artistic reputation of the SSG and maintaining financial viability.

The display of overtly “erotic” depictions is prohibited because the Second Story Gallery exists within a public space where parents frequently bring their children.

All exhibitions will open on the St. Claude Arts District’s Second Saturday and will end on the Saturday before the next Second Saturday, with Sunday devoted to deinstalling the show.

Exceptions to the Second Saturday opening date may occur when Mardi Gras falls on that weekend, or for major special events. All the galleries on St. Claude tend to move their openings to the following weekend, which means shows occurring during those time frames would be shorter than the others. The artist will make the final decision as to whether to change the opening date.

The openings will last from 6:00–9:00 p.m. The artist should consider having wine and bottled water for opening-night visitors. Finger food also may be provided by the artist. The set-up for receptions should be arranged in advance, and artists should be prepared to towel up any spilled substance from the floors. Reception trash should be bagged and left for the cleaning service at the end of the evening to be collected that Saturday night.

The artist is responsible for generating interest in his/her show through postcards, email blasts, social media, etc. The most critical press members to notify with listings, two weeks in advance of the opening, are Erik at and, and Doug at A media list is available from the Gallery Director; however, because contact information can change, it is the artist’s responsibility to make sure they have the most current media contact information.

Although the NOHC is open from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, the artist(s) on exhibit are encouraged to “gallery sit,” especially on afternoons and weekends, to see public reaction to their work and to make sales. The artist should visit his/her exhibition regularly to bring visitors and to assure the safety of his/her work.

Each artist should provide professional-quality labels with the title of the piece, medium, and price. The artist should place his/her contact information in plain view. All art on exhibit should be for sale. Sales made by and paid though the Gallery will result in a 40% commission to NOHC, with the artist paid his/her share one month after the sale is made. Artists who direct their own sales will provide a 20% commission to NOHC.

All art sold should be marked as sold (with a red dot) and remain in the exhibition until its conclusion. The artist is responsible for shipping any works if they are sold out of town.

At the conclusion of their shows, members are responsible for restoring the exhibition area to its original state: that is, all mounting or hanging devices should be removed and all holes sanded, spackled, and painted at the artist’s expense. Only the gallery-approved standard white paint may be used. A ladder is stored in the closet.


A Co-op member wishing to leave at the end of his/her lease period must notify, in writing, the Gallery Director and all members no later than one month before the lease expires. The Co-op members will undertake, through the proper vetting procedure, to replace the terminating member with an artist who has expressed an interest in joining.

A member may be terminated by a majority vote of the MIGS if the member fails to abide by the terms set forth in the Bylaws. A member may also be terminated if they refuse to maintain a positive relationship with their fellow artists or violate the spirit of the NOHC Mission. A member who is late paying their rent for three months may also be terminated.

Thanks to Andy Antippas from Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, author of the original Bylaws, many of which are still in use.


These Bylaws can be reviewed periodically and changed by the Healing Center Board if they prove to be impediments to the workings of the SSG Co-op.

Amendments may be added to the Bylaws by a 3/4 vote of the MIGS.




To provide a holistic, safe, sustainable center that heals, fulfills and empowers the individual and the community by providing services and programs promoting physical, nutritional, emotional, intellectual, environmental, economic and spiritual well-being.


Within the next four years, the New Orleans Healing Center (NOHC) will become a model for urban community healing around the world. With an overarching aim to revitalize and unify the seven (7) surrounding downtown neighborhoods, the NOHC will work fervently to ensure that the synergistic culture established will be a holistic and sustainable sanctuary to its community, the city, the region and visitors from throughout the world.

The NOHC will provide a full range of programs, services and products designed to enlighten and engage the minds, bodies and spirits of a diverse population while transforming and healing lives. The NOHC through its collaborative silos will stimulate economic and environmental development in the city and redefine how to “heal” a community.

The New Orleans Healing Center is well run by highly motivated leaders who bring the mission and vision to life; maintains and supports itself through a variety of creative avenues; serves visitors to its community and invites, accepts and appreciates the participation of others who benefit the community in benevolent ways; is honored and respected as a pioneering adventure, bringing new dynamics to the culture and community of New Orleans, especially the areas surrounding the center; and uses its leadership capabilities in a variety of ways to bring support and assistance to community members.