Artsy Spot: Gallery Orange

22 Feb

In the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, housed in a 200+ year old classic Creole building lives Gallery Orange, a contemporary fine art gallery whose vibe and vision match the freshness of its signature color.

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, exterior

If you’re a regular Artsy Forager reader, you’ve heard of Gallery Orange before.  I first found GO when I discovered the work of Sarah Ashley Longshore, which then led me to Gallery Orange, her exclusive representation in New Orleans.  I found gallery owner Tracy Geilbert’s aesthetic and taste to be quite similar to my own and have been happily watching her list of artists grow and work by those artists flying off the walls!  Tracy’s love of art and enthusiasm for original work is infectious, I’ve never seen a gallery promote their artists harder than she does!

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, interior with works by Sarah Ashley Longshore

Owner Tracy Geilbert was already selling art at a young age, making sketches of Duran Duran, photocopying them and selling the “prints” to her classmates. ( Ah, a fellow 80’s girl! )  Part Dutch and part British, Geilbert studied  art and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of the Arts at The Hague.  Life would eventually take her to post-Katrina New Orleans and, after working for another high-end New Orleans gallery, heeded the call of her heart to open a space of her own.

Gallery Orange, interior, works by Guus Kemp

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, interior, works by Gigi Mills, Carlos Lopez and Jill Ricci

Starting in a tiny 600 square foot space, with only two artists on her roster, Tracy’s hard work and eye for unique talent led to the gallery’s current space on Royal Street where boutique galleries are springing up and blazing new trails on the New Orleans art scene.  Tracy brings her Dutch artistic sensibilities to the gallery, offering only exceptional original work ( no giclees here! ), creative energy galore and a bit of good humor thrown in.  Gallery Orange is all about serious art that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, exterior

If you are in New Orleans or planning a visit, do not miss a trip to Gallery Orange!  Delightful, deliciousness awaits you!  You can see a list of upcoming shows at GO on their website— which is newly redesigned, make sure you check it out!

All images are courtesy of Gallery Orange.

11 Responses to “Artsy Spot: Gallery Orange”

  1. m.a.tateishi February 22, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Hey Lesley, if this is a new kind of feature for you, I really like it. Whenever I travel, I am in search of galleries with art I’d like to see and Gallery Orange does have some of Artsy Forager’s favs. I’d love to see Jill Ricci’s work in person. It’s actually surprisingly difficult to find art galleries I really enjoy, beyond the traditional stuff. Thanks, and I’d love to hear more of your recommendations.

    • Lesley February 22, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks, M.A.! I’m planning to do more of these. I also often have a hard time finding the “good” galleries and find myself disappointed when someone tells me I’ll love a town because “it’s so artsy!” only to find boring traditional work and what I like to call “cruise ship galleries”. 😉 Have any Vancouver gallery recommendations for me?

      Oh and I am with you on the Jill Ricci love!

      • Tracy Gielbert February 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

        I like that one “Cruise Ship Galleries” lols

        • Lesley February 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

          I bet you know exactly the ones I mean.. 😉

          • Tracy Gielbert February 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

            oh yes there are a few of them on Royal 😉
            crazy that people buy that stuff

    • Tracy Gielbert February 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      Jills work is evern better in person. We sold 4 pieces in the first few days of carrying her and she is GREAT to work with too.
      We look forward to meeting you when you come to New Orleans and indeed this is a great new feature of Lesleys with the galleries. Lesley does an amazing job I think !!
      Thanks Lesley
      Tracy, Gallery Orange

      • Lesley February 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

        Thank YOU, Tracy for your kind words and assistance with this post AND for continually keeping me inspired by your growing stable of talent!

  2. m.a.tateishi February 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Actually you’re inspiring me to blog about favourite artsy places. But when in Vancouver, I would recommend:
    The Rennie Museum, best public gallery, but book ahead.

    Bau Xi, a great commercial gallery on gallery row here.

    And because I know you love to discover new artists, I would say the Eastside Culture Crawl, I’m biased because I’m involved, but it’s an amazing weekend of open studios and 300+ artists.

    • Lesley February 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Wonderful list! I am determined to get up to Vancouver eventually. Hoping the hubby gets a work contract in far Northern WA to get us within driving distance! Looking forward to you artsy places post!


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