Get your holiday shopping started early!
We're super excited to unveil this year's poster by Gabriel Flores, a New Orleans-based artist, graphic designer, and owner of Oak Street's Inkwell Press.
The poster depicts the story of the streetcar operator transit strike of 1929, during which the first po boy was created.
The Martin Brothers, former streetcar operators, fed the men free of charge until the strike ended.
The Martin Brothers wrote a letter of support for the strikers, promising, "Our meal is free to any members of Division 194." Their letter concluded: "We are with you till h--l freezes, and when it does, we will furnish blankets to keep you warm." Read the full letter and learn more about the historic origins of the Po Boy at http://poboyfest.com/history.
The poster will be available at the main merch center at Transform NOLA- 8422 Oak Street
Two Official Festival Merch Centers will be available this year!
Our wonderful Oak Street neighbors will host 2 centralized merchandise centers for your convenience.
- Transform NOLA - located at 8422 Oak Street - will be the main merch center. Find new releases, vintage gear and festival posters here.
- InkWell Press - located at 8523 Oak Street. If you can't find your size at the main merch center, visit InkWell for made-to-order shirts!
This year we welcome the return of an Arts Market!
Where Y’Art Market hours 10 am - 4 pm so visit them early!
Where Y’Art, an online gallery and social shopping network where you can discover, follow and shop, directly from local, New Orleans artists, will curate the Where Y’Art Market, located at the Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church. Mater Dolorosa Church is located at Carrollton, between Oak and Dublin streets.
"Where Y’Art is thrilled to team up with the 2015 Oak Street Po-boy Festival,” said Where Y’Art co-founder Collin Ferguson. "Oak street is a center for creativity in New Orleans, and we are so excited to add an art ingredient to the Po-boy Fest recipe with the first official Where Y’Art Market, hosting 25+ Where Y’Artists selling local works ranging from paintings to jewelry and fit any budget. Where Y'Art strives to bring the best of local art to you online and this opportunity will allow us to bring the artists and works of Where Y’Art to you - in person.”
- Alan Zakem
- Alexandra Kilburn
- Andrew Jackson Pollack
- Andy Levin
- Porter Lyons
- Catherine DeYoung Enamels
- STUDIO KAISER
- Connie Kittok
- NOLA BOARDS
- Coralie Jewelry
- Eric Nunez
- Erika Goldring
- Arts Kinetic
- Jeremy Paten
- Jill Shampine
- Jon Guillaume
- Jose + Cecelia Fernandes
- Kat Ryalls
- Lesley Hollon + Jennifer Rowe
- Gator Girl Art
- Nurhan Gokturk
- Sarah Nelson
- Ridgewalker GlassVisit WhereYArt.net to pre-shop the fest!
About the artist:
Born to a boxer and a saint on August 16th, 1970 , in the industrial New England town of Lowell , Mass. , Randy Leo Frechette -– a.k.a. Frenchy –- has been drawing since he could grip a pencil. In grade school he impressed friends with caricatures of teachers and classmates, but he did not realize his true calling until The Boston Horns approached him in Orlando and persuaded him to paint their performance live.
From that point forward, Frenchy has led a colorful and dynamic ride with stops at concert venues and sports stadiums all over the globe. Based in the talent-rich city of New Orleans , Frenchy is an ambassador to the arts and a bastion of creativity. His presence fills venues both large and small with an explosion of creative spirit. Frenchy captivates onlookers with his artistry in motion –- painting events in real-time as they unfold before him. His performance is captivating and its end-result is awe-inspiring.
Since 1997, Frenchy has called New Orleans his home and his muse. The vibrant local music scene pushes the artist’s creativity and expressiveness to new limits. And he has branched out further by tapping into the city’s sporting events -– ranging from weekly Saints game as the “official team artist” to Super Bowls and NCAA Championships. During Mardi Gras season he can be seen marching in parades, painting onto to canvas while other toss beads.
Orders for Po-Boy Fest merchandise are temporarily closed - check back to get your delicious swag!