New Orlean’s Leah Chase of The Famous Dooky Chase Restaurant

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A bit of sad news to start out a Monday morning is that Leah Chase passed away yesterday.

Both Joe and I met Leah Chase in New Orleans approximately 20 years ago. She agreed to open up the restaurant and kitchen for us so we could do a series of portraits of her in her renowned Restaurant Dooky Chase which was legendary and loved by many. If you were in town you had to go there and so many famous people did. The restaurant was known for serving presidents, as well as freedom riders. Martin Luther king, James Baldwin, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Barrack Obama and George W. Bush all have eaten there. In a city operating under Jim Crow laws Dooky Chase became the only upscale restaurant where African Americans could gather.

Leah was totally dedicated to the restaurant and the community which she was very much a part of. She was considered a central cultural figure in the politics of New Orleans and the national struggle for civil rights. She was also a major promoter of art. During our conversation Joe mentioned  that he had just done a cover story on Syvia’s restaurant in Harlem for American Way Magazine and on the owner Sylvia Woods. The two of them were sisters of a kind. Both trend setters and entrepreneurs in the food/restaurant business and in society. One in Harlem and one in New Orleans. Both women will be missed as they played a vital role in bringing people together.

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The Love of Art

Art and Museum Article Winter Issue 2018 -The Love of Art

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Women’s Tribe

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As an artist you sometimes search for a theme that you want to delve into because it speaks to you. A good theme is one you can build on and one which can grow.  Months can go by when I find myself not producing meaningful work and then one day something pops into my head and there it is.

I want to say thank you to some special friends that helped me out  – Eileen, Mary, Julia, Wendy & Chloe and behind the scenes – my partner Joe DiMaggio and Jerry

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More from My Abstract Series

I’ve been having fun playing around with random shapes and colors and it has become a challenge to see what I can come up with.  Which ones remain my favorites and which ones I get tired of.

All in all, it is a new direction for me and I’m curious where it may lead…

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New York City Mecca High

Just some FUN STUFF with Jon Mecca.  Jon was kind enough to oblige.  He’s a skateboarder and photographer himself so it was easy for him to get the picture.  Ha Ha

Kind of Love it!  I think he does too!  A larger version is up on my website so please have a look.    dimaggio-kalish.com Skateboarder© JoAnne Kalish

 

A New Abstract Series

 

These are a few photographs from my new abstract series.  I hope you like them.  Please remember to support live artists. Photos © JoAnne Kalish.  All Rights Reserved.  Available 20 x 30 Signed Limited Edition.

 

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Hanna Q Dance Company

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Had a wonderful opportunity to photograph a Hanna Q Dance Performance the other evening.  Used a small mirrorless camera.  Pretty amazing quality.  Dance Performance probably had something to do with it.  If you have a chance make it your business to support them.

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Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

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Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company © JoAnne Kalish

Hanna Q Dance Company