Ruth Owens

Ruth Owens

Describe what you love about what you do: I love being able to tap into an inner voice to create art that is both visually appealing and carries a message.

Why in New Orleans? The art scene in New Orleans began to undergo a renaissance after Katrina, with the opening of a myriad of boundary-pushing artist-run spaces along the St. Claude corridor in the Bywater. These galleries provide opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists to exhibit and interact with the public. I belong to an artist collective called "The Front," which boasts a majority of women artists and exhibits every month.

Name something about New Orleans that always puts you in a good mood: Tree-lined streets and European architecture represent a perfect mixture of nature and culture.

Favorite restaurant: Paladar 511

Ruth Owens

Ruth Owens

Favorite thing to do here to relax: Yoga at The Yoga Room

Favorite walk: Defunct City Park Golf Course

Ruth Owens

Ruth Owens

Describe what you see as our future: With the advent of the Prospect art biennial (now triennial) New Orleans has become an international art destination. I’d like to see this city blossom even more in terms of emphasizing the visual arts. I’m represented by the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery on Julia St. which enjoys an excellent national and international reputation. I look forward to a time when all the galleries in this city have such a wide-reaching draw.

Favorite simple indulgence: Breads on Oak

Name a necessary extravagance: Bath with essential oils every day

What about New Orleans inspires you? I am inspired by the multicultural contributions that make this city a vibrant and engaging place to live.

Favorite movie of all timeThe Grand Budapest Hotel

Favorite destination: Home to Southern Germany

A song that defines your coming of age: "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac

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