We are back in full swing with our latest #NolaGram issue celebrating our favorite images from @Instagram using the hashtag #Nola. Check out this month’s highlights!

I recently found out, through a very keen friend, that @Instagram is finally allowing hashtags to include emojis. Since I totally communicate in hashtags and emojis IRL, I thought it would be fitting to highlight some of my favorite images that included the namesake of this website! Below you’ll find my favorite 9 images from a growing number of images featuring the aforementioned #. Follow them all and make sure to comment as to whey you ❤️ NOLA.






Painter and creative producer Isla Moon is one of my favorite folks around town. We met on a photoshoot a few years ago, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to feature her and her enigmatic and colorful art. I tend to gravitate towards colorful, simple, and abstract art and Moon’s work checks all of my favorite boxes. Of course art, is hard to fathom when it’s in the form of 1’s and 0’s here on the web, but it’s safe to say that her artwork shimmers and gleams with spirit and impasto. Her work certainly reflects her aura and her approach to life, especially in intensity and texture. Here’s her more in depth bio —

“A Louisiana native, Moon has deep southern roots. Her art is inspired by the spiritual world she through which she sees all reality. Her various travels throughout europe, the UK and the hawaiian Islands have a huge hand in the stories she tells with paint. an oil painter by trade, she soon discovered the organic elegance of watercolor while working in her studio in ireland. She now tends to marry the two mediums into timeless works that hold bold presence while still providing a delicate and sensitive air about them. …

I have to admit there’s something insanely complex, intriguing, and beautiful about black and white photography. Even though, I rarely post black and white images on this website and on Instagram for that matter, I wanted to share some of my favorite b&w images #NOLAGrams I’ve found over the last few weeks. Have a laugh, enjoy the splendor of them, and follow your faves just like me. Thanks again everyone for your continued support!

I have to be honest, I love the way the BUKU Music + Art Project is evolving. It’s become a huge powerhouse festival that continues to grow exponentially every year. This year’s event spans this Friday — Saturday and includes an absolutely stellar lineup which includes some of the biggest names in modern music today. We’re super stoked and excited for this year’s music + art project. Below you’ll find not only the entire lineup, but also our own BUKU favorite tracks playlist to give you a taste of what this weekend will bring. Tickets, both GA & VIP, are still available and can be purchased for each individual days as well as 2-day passes. Click here to visit the BUKU website to purchase tickets and learn more.

Tonight our good friend and artist Olesya will be closing out her “Candy Shop” solo exhibition at Steve Martin Gallery (624 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130) in the arts district. Here are the details…

A contemporary and POP art Solo exhibit by Olesya Ianovitch.
“Candy Shop” explores love in an unconventional way. Expect a feast for the senses, with three rooms overflowing with beautiful flowers, sweet fragrances, sparkling canvases and sugary confections. The collection will also display a new series of exquisite portraits nestled amongst her well-known floral and kiss canvasses. Visiting the collection will be like experiencing a metaphorical candy land dream world. Olesya Ianovitch will debut her first sculptures, which are candy-inspired and made in collaboration with metal welding sculptor
Garrett Haab Artistry.

The event is part of a major brand collaboration with Sugarpova, Maria Sharapova’s premium candy line, Olesya Ianovitch is creating a literal and visual experience of all things sweet.

Candy and sweets provided by

The event is open to the public throughout the entire month of February.


featuring champagne, specialty cocktails and candy tastings

A few months ago when Hattie Sparks opened up her second location in the CBD(939 Girod Street South Market District), I was quite taken and equally blow away by not only the curated space in all it’s super clean glory but the pieces of artwork that were hanging in plain view as you walked through the doors. As it turned out, it was the work of creative Scott Jarrett and his label General Public Designs. A few weeks later I met Scott at Little Flea where he was showcasing his latest pieces. …

We continue to find great and inspiration #Nola pics on Instagram, and we wanted to share our favorites thus far this month.

One of my favorite artists and pal Hayley Gaberlavage is having an exhibition showcasing her latest work this coming Saturday evening. I have been a huge fan of her work for years and I truly believe her latest pieces are her best yet. Sublime and super surreal, Hayley’s latest work very much reminds me of the images from one of my favorite photographers William Eggleston brought to life in oil and acrylic. I was so thrilled to spend some time with Hayley recently discussing her latest work and catching up. Take a look at the rest of our images from the shoot and make sure to also check out the exhibition flyer at the end of the post and click to RSVP!

Zack Smith is one of the hardest working, prolific, and talented photographers I know. The title “renaissance man” is thrown around and attached to lots of folks, but Zack is the the title in it’s truest form. His work is eclectic & versatile, and runs the gamut between commercial, music, portrait, as well as fine art. He not only spends his days capturing images, but Zack hosts and inspires other photographers in his stellar photography workshops. As if I couldn’t wax on about how much of a badass Z is, he’s also the drummer for pioneering indie rock band, Rotary…


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