In years past, this was just another place that bought and sold antiques and secondhand furniture and art. That all ended on the day in 1993 that Nilo Lanzas (Berta's husband and Mina's dad) began painting. Now you can barely see the furniture in the shop for all the new art. Dubbed "folk art" or "outsider art," Lanzas's works (which he paints right near the counter -- for about 10-12 hr. a day!) are colorful scenes from life in New Orleans or his native Latin America, stories out of the Bible, or images sprung from his imagination. His paintings are on wood with titles or commentaries painted on the frames; he also makes some tin sculptures and woodcarvings. Mina has brought in her work as well -- she started painting before Nilo -- and her joyful celebrations of local life and landscapes are attracting their own following.
- © Frommer's 2013
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- 4138 Magazine St
- New Orleans, LA 70115
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