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Luna Fine Art Gallery will celebrate the grand opening of the Mercantile Hotel in New Orleans with a special exhibit featuring a group of local artist alumni from The YAYA Center. These emerging artists are Jourdan Barnes, Kara Crowley, Paul Wright and Quinton Gilmore. Their work will be on display from April 10 through July 10. An art opening will be held at the Mercantile on May 4 from 6-8pm during the Arts Warehouse District Gallery night. All guests and public are welcome.YAYA (Young Aspirations/Young Artists) is a local non-profit that empowers creative young people to become successful adults. YAYA nurtures the next generation of New Orleans culture-bearers and leaders through programming that develops artistic skills alongside creative thinking, entrepreneurship and life skills to ensure that each young person leaves the program prepared to thrive in their adult lives. Over the last 30 years, YAYA has served as an incubator for young talent and alumni of the program are now professional artists, designers, teachers, and cultural leaders in New Orleans and across the country. The YAYA Arts Center is located in Central City, just a few minutes from downtown and houses a gallery, art studios, and a public access glassblowing facility. For more information about its programs go to yayainc.org


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Jourdan Barnes

I am an artistic conduit, using life as a muse for my work and the resources available to me to tell my story. Photography is my medium of choice, but I often incorporate other mediums into my work. My work reflects issues that are important to me, internalized racism and identity within the Black (African American) community and internalized homophobia within the Black queer community. My work is provocative and engaging, creating experiences that go beyond the frame. I am very strategic with order and presentation of my work to evoke emotion and provide proper context for my audience.


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Kara Crowley

My work will demonstrate mostly the evolution black women, black culture, and how we’ve impacted the world spiritually, physically, and emotionally. From our positive influence of style (such as our unique hairstyles and embellishing our kinky curly hair; clothing, jewelry, etc.), grace (how black women/men are idolized as strong, intelligent, and independent leaders), being a caregiver (as a mother/father, wife/husband, lover, etc.), and our beauty (our flawless various skin tones) to our downfalls of mental and physical health issues such as self-love, relationship struggles, relationship issues with family or significant others, how we're viewed through society through stereotypes, body shaming women, being compared to animals, etc.

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Quinton Hakeem Gilmore

I am a story telling artist that uses my work to heal those who encounter daily struggles and need to seek clarity or patch their personal problems. I do that by using my character “Patches” in different dimensions with mixed media and he is put in different scenarios to show that there is strength in all situations. Though the concept of my art is based on extreme passion and emotions, my messages are delicately embedded in my pieces.

I believe everyone is an artist and just needs a little jump start to get it going.


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Paul Michael Wright

As an artist what keeps me going back to the studio is to produce works that project positive black narratives in art. Without a doubt that I feel that artist play a crucial role in a wide range of social movements. The best way someone has responded to my work was being intrigued with the meaning behind each portrait which reveals an in-depth story of African American backgrounds. I work predominantly in acrylic and oil pastel which adds a unique texture to each piece. In my pursuit for creative black-expression, I have concentrated on experimenting with different mediums and techniques. I like the challenge myself, especially from the initial concept to eventual execution of the piece. I understand the process of painting. Even though I aim to create pieces that are aesthetically pleasing, the logic behind the possibilities and limits of the act of constructing is the reason I continue to go back to the studio and develop new