Ashley Merlin
“Statuesque New Orleans” 2010 Hardcover
Featuring 197 color images and 200 pages of history and facts
$50 value

About the Artist
Born and raised in New Orleans, I graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in Journalism. In 2002, I opened a local photography studio. My work has been featured at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery, and the New Orleans Museum of Art as well as in many local and national publications. I am a member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, American Society of Media Photographers, Arts Council of New Orleans, and Professional Photographers of America. Statuesque New Orleans, my first book, was published in 2010. I am a board member of the Monumental Task Committee, Jewish Family Service, JNOLA & Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and American Society of Media Photographers New Orleans-Gulf South.

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This is one of the fabulous items available at the Blush Ball’s silent auction and raffle:

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Jennifer Rowe
Pieces and Patterns New Orleans Map Pouch
9.75″ W x 6″ H
These pouches come in a variety of exterior chambray fabric colors, with a removable strap, and with a fun interior cotton lining fabric AKA a little “surprise on the inside.” I print each pouch with my New Orleans Map Block which I carved by hand. Then I slice up the fabric and sew each pouch right here in our Crescent City.

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This original piece of art will be offered in the Blush Ball’s Silent Action.

"Olivia" by Devin DeWulf

“Olivia” by Devin DeWulf

“Olivia” oil on canvas, 2015 by Devin DeWulf. Value: $200

About the artist: I’m a self-taught folk artist. My first painting was made on a whim during a winter break from college – and over the years I have found pleasure and relaxation through painting.

Upon moving to New Orleans I found my artistic soul through art cars. A chance encounter in 2007 with Marigny artist Sue Ireland led me to create my first art-car, turning my little Toyota into “the redhead car”. Once every inch of that little car was covered, I moved on to painting on found objects such as old political signs, tables, and pieces of metal. In the years since, I have painted large-scale murals, trucks, and works on wood and canvas.

My favorite thing to do now is paint on canvas and then hand-sew beads and sequins unto the painting to create an interesting texture and depth to my folk-art.

I find inspiration in life in New Orleans, my travels, and my “real job” as a middle school history teacher.


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