Jonathan Ferrara was working for a bank in Boston when a business trip for a United Way fundraiser brought him to New Orleans. On that first visit, he fell in love with the city and moved to New Orleans three weeks later. Eventually he opened a gallery on Magazine Street, and then in 1998 moved to his current location on Julia Street (home to several leading art spaces if you want to spend an afternoon gallery hopping).
“This is a great place to see many of the most interesting artists working in the city,” Frenchy says of this acclaimed Warehouse District gallery. Ferrara is known for putting on exhibits that are especially challenging and daring. The recent “Guns in the Hands of Artists” exhibit, in collaboration with the New Orleans Police Department and others, traveled from the Ferrara Gallery to the Aspen Institute while the annual No Dead Artists juried competition (now in its 19th year) has been credited with bringing attention to some of the art world’s most exciting emerging artists. “At Jonathan Ferrara you can see not only some of the best of New Orleans’ art scene, but also work from tops artists working around the world,” Frenchy says.
—Randy “Frenchy” Frechette
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