White Linen Night, New Orleans’ lively summer art party, returns on August 6th.Art

White Linen Night, New Orleans’ lively summer art party, returns on August 6th.Art

Damn thermometer, full speed ahead. White Linen Night, one of New Orleans’ liveliest evenings, will take place on Saturday night, August 6th. As many as 20,000 fashion and art lovers are expected to flock to Julia Street during the annual gallery walk. An elegant summer white outfit is recommended, but god knows there is no dress code.

Large parties including food trucks, cash bars, liquor company promotions, DJs, and Mr. Cooling Stations are free. The same goes for tickets to twenty art galleries and nearby museums. Proceeds from alcohol sales will be donated to the New Orleans Arts District organization this year for the “See and Be Seen” event hosted by Fidelity Bank.

Since its inception 28 years ago, White Linen Night has become the biggest event on the Crescent City arts calendar. After a two-year COVID hiatus, the 2022 iteration will make a comeback. The 2020 event was canceled entirely, and street parties were canceled in 2021, although art galleries remained open and coronavirus protocols in place.

This year’s street party will focus on the 300th to 600th blocks of Julia Street, which is smaller than in previous years when the event lasted to the 700th block. But the duration of the street party has increased from 5pm to 10pm and from 3 hours to 5 hours (the opening hours for galleries and museums vary). Unlike the release of the WLN, there will be no official post-party.

Besides being fun and stylish, the essence of the party is the paintings, sculptures, photographs and conceptual creations in galleries and museums. Based on some online and live previews, this year’s assortment should be great. Not-to-be-missed shows this year include:

“Lafitte Party” by Dapper Bruce Lafitte (Photo courtesy of Gryder Gallery)

Dapper Bruce Lafitte’s “Bricks,” an exhibition of paintings at Gryder Gallery, partially recalls past housing developments in New Orleans.

Known for his dazzlingly detailed renderings of high school marching bands, Lafitte’s most recent work blends his captivating style with sometimes comforting, sometimes disturbing themes.


“Sand Castle” by Alexander Sasha Stolling

Alexander “Sasha” Stolin’s dark nostalgic solo exhibition at 400A Julia St. Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.

Before immigrating to Louisiana in 1992, Stolling spent his first 29 years in Kyiv, Ukraine, reflecting on his personal history in a series of shady genre scenes.


“Writing a Ticket” by George Schmidt

George Schmidt Gallery, 612 Julia St.

The 77-year-old history painter left New Orleans for a two-year stay in an idyllic North Carolina countryside. But the colorful chaos of New Orleans pulled him back home. Schmidt’s oil paintings are entirely naturalistic, but they are based on abstraction.


“Costco Checkout Line” by Mitchell Long

Luxurious “Louisiana Contemporary” group show at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 925 Camp St.

The eclectic annual exhibition is always a great place to capture the region’s established and rising stars. This year, search for small but wonderful images of Mitchell Long from inside Walmart. There is a strong irony in applying the warmth of Impressionist painting to the icy interior of a hypermarket.


Remembering the Earth by Hugo Gill

“Remember Earth?” 54 artists group exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art, 900 Camp St.

Designed to warn of an impending ecological catastrophe, we fear this somber topic might dampen the atmosphere at the WLN party a bit. But maybe the irrepressible wit of Quintron (maker of the Weather Warlock weather music machine) combined with street art gurus Hugo Gyrl and Read More will still manage to put a wry smile on our faces.

what: Fidelity’s White Linen Night 2022

when: Saturday, August 6, 5pm-10pm

Where: 300 to 600 blocks in and around Julia Street.

Admission: free

For more information, please visit: New Orleans Arts District website.


White Linen Night took over New Orleans, Louisiana’s central business district on Saturday, August 4, 2018, as white-clad art lovers strolled along Julia Street.



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