"An interactive art gallery"
THE ARTMAZING GALLERY SET TO OPEN IN THE FRENCH QUARTER
THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE POP ART INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION
WILL IGNITE THE IMAGINATION AND INSPIRE CREATIVITY
A new kind of fun is coming to New Orleans September 2020
Established by local artist Giselle Monteiro, The ARTmazing Gallery is a larger-than-life 6000 sqft. POP ART exhibition and special events space that provides an immersive and fun experience for all. Visitors will enjoy the uniquely themed installations and rooms curated to inspire and showcase the creativity, excitement, and innovation where you complete the art.
After encountering an interactive gallery for herself in NYC, Monteiro wanted to share this with New Orleans. “I saw it, loved it and thought we needed this in New Orleans.” This interactive experience lets your imagination flow and frees your inner artist. The gallery houses thirteen Instagrammable rooms filled with the wildest experiences from the Millionaire’s Room, which features a money rain that will give guests the chance to twirl around while surrounded by a million dollars, to the creating your own Rainbow. Guests are invited to paint on canvases which will be auctioned off and proceeds will be donated to help local charities.
Our space is ideal for small intimate gatherings to large corporate events. Available for full venue buyouts or smaller gatherings in our Art Annex private event space attached to the gallery. Give your guests a truly memorable experience. All events are welcome!
ARTmazing Gallery is an unbelievable experience for all ages that is just as unique as the city of New Orleans’
– Giselle Monteiro
Artmazing Gallery, located in the heart of the quarter, offers a unique space to host your next meeting, reception, conference, social gathering or event, accommodating groups from 10 to 200.
Enjoy this interactive entertainment venue where your imagination guides your adventure. The Artmazing Gallery spaces inspire creativity in a culturally inclusive and shareable environment.
Our space is ideal for small intimate gatherings to large corporate events. Available for full venue buyouts or smaller gatherings in our Art Annex private event space attached to the gallery.
Give your guests a truly memorable experience! All events are welcome!
- Weddings/Rehearsal Dinners
- Bridal Luncheon
- Birthday Parties
- Princess Tea Parties
- Selfie Parties
- Glitter Parties
- Team Building Exercises
- Welcome Receptions
- Seated Dinners
- Holiday Parties
COVID Safety Measures & FAQ's
In these unprecedented times, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and staff. We kindly ask that all visitors wear masks when entering the exhibit. Our team members will be wearing masks at all times and gloves whenever possible. We are limiting the total number of guests present for each time slot and asking our visitors to respect each other’s boundaries to ensure adequate social distancing. Please, arrive promptly at your scheduled time to meet our specific gathering limitations. Upon arrival, we ask that you proceed directly to our hand sanitizing station in the reception area. If you are not feeling well or have any cold symptoms, please reschedule your visit. We appreciate your understanding.
We are a family friendly destination!
Please finish all food and drinks before entering the gallery
No large bags, luggage
Firearms and weapons are strictly prohibited
All tickets must be purchased online at Artmazinggallery.com
Tickets are non-refundable.You may exchange your tickets for another date but only when done 24 hours in advance of the date you purchased for and this is based on availability at no charge
We gladly offer discounted rates for groups of 15 or more people
Please email us at artmazinggallery.com
Take selfies in a giant bird cage or in the clouds in this new French Quarter attraction
In early September, a new artistic attraction will open on Decatur Street, unlike any other in the French Quarter.
The object of the ARTmazing Gallery is to provide amusing sets where smartphone-toting guests can snap photos of one another cavorting in a giant bird cage, on a golden throne, with stacks of inflated pink pool toys, at an executive’s desk piled high with fake cash and among cottony clouds in a heavenly skyscape.
Founder Giselle Monteiro is an artist who produces spare, geometric abstractions. She said she got the idea for the interactive gallery in November when she visited a place called WonderWorld in Brooklyn, New York, where artists create walk-in installations that double as selfie ops.
Monteiro figured the same sort of experience would be ideal in New Orleans. It would draw curious tourists and locals looking for an alternative to the bar and nightclub scene.
“When I first moved here, I had a hard time finding things to do with kids that didn’t involve drinking,” she said.
In addition to her art career, Monteiro worked as a granite exporter in her native Brazil. When she moved to New Orleans five years back, she branched out into the kitchen cabinet business. Her goal is to be New Orleans’ “queen of cabinets,” she said, laughing. That’s why the throne room, where she can pose as royalty, is her favorite ARTmazing feature.
But the cabinet business is somewhat seasonal, so Monteiro decided to diversify into a business completely different. It was a leap, she said, but the art experience concept was simple. WonderWorld was “just a warehouse with scenarios,” she said.
Monteiro already had an available warehouse space in Kenner, but she decided to seek a location at the center of the city’s tourist industry instead. A friend steered her toward a picturesque 6,000-square-foot, second-story former restaurant at 309 Decatur St. Monteiro began creating the arty environment.
As it turned out, it wasn’t the optimal time to open a tourist destination. She’d planned to unveil the attraction in March, at more or less the exact time the coronavirus crisis struck the Crescent City.
In the French Quarter, most businesses were required to shut down, and tourist traffic evaporated immediately. But “we were too deep in to quit,” Monteiro said, so she and her crew kept at it.
Changes had to be made. The pillow fight room, the bubble bath-themed ball pit and the fan-blown flurry of money all had to be modified because they caused too much contact for the COVID-19 era. All 13 of the existing scenes can be disinfected daily.
At this moment, Monteiro said she’s unsure exactly when the doors will finally swing open. She’s aiming for an early September debut, but she fears that impending hurricanes could cause more delays.
When the time comes, timed tickets will be sold online only, masks will be required, and hand sanitizer will be provided. Admission will be $25.
In the future, other artists will be invited to help update the ARTmazing Gallery regularly, Monteiro said. The big backroom will be available for private functions and activities, such as recreational painting parties.
Sure, she said, the timing of the project seemed terrible, but who knows? Maybe now’s a moment “when people are looking for something to do.”
Giselle Monteiro Owner and Artist Designer of Artmazing Gallery, is a mixed media artist living and working in New Orleans.
Born in Brazil, Giselle did not emerge on the art scene in a conventional fashion, After a full career working with natural stones and business ownership remodeling kitchen cabinets, Giselle combined her love for paints, colors, photography, and abstraction.
“With a late start in Art, self-taught and with little awareness or concern for the “rules”, I feel the freedom of being an artist without fear or urgency of creating under conventional standards. For me, art is about adding beauty to a space and connecting with the viewer in an emotional context. It’s a combination of the visual story between the installation created and the response and interaction of the viewer. “
Bruna Pétalla is a lettering artist who express herself through vibrant colors and positive messages.
Her main goal is to get people to smile through her art and speak up for justice and human rights! She was born and raised in Brazil but just a few years ago found New Orleans as her favorite home.
In the beginning of the shut down due to the COVID-19 she started painting murals around New Orleans as a way to bring joy and hope for the city she loves.
This is also where she learned there is always a way to keep fighting your fears and support each other, as she says “Be Nola Kind”.
You can find more about her and her work on Instagram as @bybrunapetalla.
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