Celebrating Pride: Loud and Proud

In the spirit of our founders’ legacy of diversity, respect, and inclusion, Longue Vue will be featuring artwork created by local LGBTQ+ artists and allies in our Playhouse during the month of June. Included below is a statement from the curator of this exhibit as well as some previews of the works featured. All works are currently for sale through our Gift Shop.

Curator’s statement:

Ilyanette M. Bernabel, a self-proclaimed Afro-Taino, is a multihyphenated performing artist, creative producer, independent curator and published poet and scholar with a passion for healing through creative self-expression as well as producing and prioritizing culturally relevant content specific to historically marginalized communities. Ilyanette is thrilled to have curated this exhibit in conjunction with the 6th annual Family Equality Day event at Longue Vue House and Gardens.

Family Equality Day, a Longue Vue Pride event, is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of all families especially those families with LGBTQ+ identified folks and allies who support the global gay rights movement. This exhibit entitled, Celebrating Pride: Loud and Proud, features 6 local LGBTQ+ identified and allied visual artists specializing in various mediums, from pottery to photography to watercolor paintings and more. The goal is to highlight and celebrate the progression of the gay rights movement in the United States and to support local LGBTQ+ identified and allied artists since this is a key aspect to Longue Vue’s mission to be a leader in the advancement of innovative thought, creative expression, and lifelong learning.

We hope you enjoy this exhibit and consider supporting both our local artists and our mission by purchasing artwork currently for sale.

Regena Washington, sculptor

Virginia Schaeffer, pottery sculpting artist

Flower Power NOLA, carnival flower installations

Maegen Babb, multimedia artist

Carole Turner, painter

Robert Mcelwee, watercolorist