what sounds make you remember experiences of your life? what foods give you comfort? what are you smiling about? what do you hear right now? how do you feel right now? who is your Mama? what does your Daddy do? how do you spend your Sundays? do you dance? do you like Mardi Gras?  who have you lost that you love?  tell us YOUR STORY.  do you have a STORY TO TELL? please tell us your tale so we can weave it into the tapestry.  we all have stories. they are different.  they are the same.

Jan Gilbert is a native New Orleanian, an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator. Her works have been widely shown in galleries, museums, cultural centers and often as public art on city streets across the United States and abroad.  The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Division of the Arts, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston have awarded her individual artist's fellowships.  Support for her projects was received from the NEA/Rockefeller Initiative for Interdisciplinary Artists, the National Association of Artists Organizations, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Gilbert is a co-founder of the artist/writer collective The VESTIGES Project. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Tulane University. The Arts Council of New Orleans honored her with a Community Arts Award in 2013. www.jangilbertart.com
Prayer Flags
A prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth often found along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Tibetans believe that prayers are carried by the wind to spread goodwill and compassion to all.
It is said that every wave of the flag is a prayer sent to the Universe. These flags, like life itself, are impermanent. The fading and natural disintegration of the flags themselves remind us to be here now.
Babette Beaullieu and Jan Gilbert ushered in the 2012 hurricane season in the form of a shrine on the streets of the Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans, with a new hybrid of Louisiana Prayer Flags fluttering with deeply textured imagery of Cajun Mardi Gras costumes of Acadiana, specifically Eunice, Louisiana. This ritual and these devotional offerings are borrowed and blended traditions from Tibetan, Japanese, and Cajun cultures.
Here, these collaborating artists invite you to join in celebrating and sharing your experiences of Louisiana.

Babette Beaullieu & Jan Gilbert

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Babette Beaullieu is a sculptor, interdisciplinary artist and educator. She holds a BFA from the University of California in Santa Barbara in Sculpture. Her installations, sculptural work and collaborative performance art have been shown in theatres and museums in California, Louisiana, New York, and Texas, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, DiverseWorks Houston, Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Some of the grants she has received are the National Performance Network Residency Grant, DiverseWorks Residency, Brown Grant, Louisiana Division of the Arts Grant. Beaullieu creates and performs interdisciplinary, collaborative artworks with her sister, Becky Valls, who is a dance choreographer. They create full-length evening performances based on the sisters' sensorial memoirs of growing up in a large, Cajun family in Louisiana. www.babettebeaullieu.com