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New Orleans Artists

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Cassandra Broadus-Garcia (BroadusC)
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 07:08:15 -0800 (PST)

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After reading the post concerning George Rodrigue's work, I wanted to share with
Susan Seaman and others information about "Big Al's signs".
During the 1994 American Educational Research Association
conference in New Orleans, my friend Sally and I were walking in Jackson
Square and came
across Big Al - a local shoe-shine man. The handpainted signs that
attracted me to his work station contained vibrant colors with childlike
lettering. I told him I really liked them and would like to buy one for my
home. He proceeded to pull out a gallery owner's card from a folk art
gallery in New Orleans (For those who know the city, it's located near the
Voo-Doo shop.) Apparently, I was not the only one who had noticed Al's
unique style!
I think that his work is so representative of one aspect of New
Orleans' unique peoples and cultures. I would highly recommend that you
consider using his work to show a diverse retrospective of the REAL New
Orleans, not just the work of Cajun artists, but also that of the many
contributions that African Americans have made and continue to make in that
wonderful city!

Dreaming of NAEA,

Cassandra Broadus-Garcia
Assistant Professor of Art, CCSU
Born in New Orleans and an official crawfish lover

PS. This year, I plan to buy a Big Al sign!

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