Get inspired by the Northshore's art spaces. Here's a day's worth of gallery-hopping.
Get thee fortified with strong coffee and a great breakfast at Mattina Bella in downtown Covington before hitting the historic district's art galleries and shops.
The historic St. John District is home to a number of galleries, starting with Columbia Street and the St. Tammany Art Association at the center of it all. Housed in a 19th Century building known as the “Art House”, the nonprofit hosts studio art classes, three galleries and community events throughout the year. The Miriam Barranger Gallery displays continuous rotating exhibitions by local and national artists, and the Severson and Williamson Galleries hold fine art and crafts by members working in in a variety of media. Shoppers will also find books by and about local artists, handmade jewelry and accessories, and other gift items. Before you go, be sure to check out the lush courtyard facing Columbia.
Across the street is Tripolo Gallery, exhibiting fine contemporary art by highly-collected artists from across the region. Next door is the first of three galleries in the area that bear the artists name: Rolland Golden Gallery, showcasing paintings throughout the career of the internationally acclaimed artist, plus full-color books cataloging his works.
Just up the street is Savoye Originals, where you'll find fine art and original furniture handmade from reclaimed and salvaged materials by Steve Savoye. A short stroll north to Lockwood Street and around the corner on Florida is the Overby Gallery, featuring paintings by James Overby and other local artists.
Head south on New Hampshire to tree-lined Rutland you’ll find Rutland Street Gallery near the corner of Lee Lane. Featuring over a dozen fine artists, you’ll find paintings, pottery, photography, sculptures and more.
You don’t want to miss S A L A D I N O Gallery, just a hop over to Boston Street’s across from Southern Hotel. The new structure houses a family of well established, mid-career and up-and-coming artists and a cool patio. In the opposite direction, just before the Bogue Falaya Bridge at Boston Commons, is Art House Boston, featuring contemporary paintings by five St. Tammany artists.
Then head out of downtown Covington on Hwy. 190 south for Impastato Gallery to see colorful paintings by four local artists featuring acrylics, oils and more.
Make the short drive back north on Hwy. 190 for Hwy. 36 to Abita Springs for a visit to the Abita Mystery House at the UCM Museum. The Mystery House is a roadside attraction-like emporium of found objects, interactive installations, Southern humor and outsider art, sprung from the brain of John Preble. Then check out the cultural exhibit at the Trailhead Museum, nestled beside Abita's historic two-story gazebo. Take a break and cool off in the trailhead plaza's water feature next to the park, or stop into the Abita Brew Pub for a glass of Abita Beer’s seasonal brews, on draft.
Leaving Abita on Hwy. 59 south to Hwy. 190, head west toward Causeway Approach. Along the way you’ll find a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes, including Café Lynn, with French and Creole cuisine from chef/owner Joey Najolia. Next on your journey is Mandeville City Hall for monthly rotating exhibits by the city’s Artist of the Month. Though they are a bit spread out, you’ll want to be sure to include The Cypress House and Pineapple Gallery in your travels for more contemporary art by local painters and fine craft artists.
Olde Towne is the heart of Slidell’s cultural life, with lots of galleries, shops and eateries within walking distance from each other.
Explore the talents of east St. Tammany artists as well as traveling exhibitions at the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall on Second Street. The exhibition space presented by the City of Slidell hosts regular shows, competitions and exhibits. Just around the corner on Third Street is Dellsperger Studio & Gallery, showing work by a number of Slidell Art League artists.
Over on Carey Street is I.D.eel Design, whose metal artwork focuses on New Orleans architecture and Louisiana culture and wildlife. Back around on First Street you’ll find Artists’ Galleries de Juneau, with handmade gifts and original creations by local painters, potters, jewelers, and photographers.
Round out your art day (or days!) with a stop at 1808 Front Street. Home base for the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, the building is also home to MARTketPlace at the Chamber, featuring multiple booths by area artists, including lively works at Sambola Gallery, raku ceramics and fine pottery by Pottery Studio KLH, Carnival- themed dolls at Mardi Gras MisChief Gallery, the Bead Society of Slidell and dozens more fine artists, plus books by regional authors and fine gifts. Make your trip on a Thursday and you’ll catch the monthly art opening from 5 to 7pm.
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