Arts Market New Orleans

Arts Market New Orleans

Behind the Booth

Introducing Behind the Booth, the Arts Council’s new video series documenting Arts Market New Orleans artists in their studios and behind the scenes as they share the inspiration and creation process behind their work. 

This month we present Maggie Covert. Maggie was born and raised in New Orleans and received her Bachelor’s degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in Interdisciplinary Sculpture with a Concentration in Books Arts. New Orleans has made a huge impact on her art, as the culture, vitality, and architecture are hard to escape. Her most recent work channels the whimsical nature of New Orleans’ architecture and characters. She continues to be drawn to details in the buildings and her landscape of her hometown. Seeing the beauty and tireless work in each structure, Maggie creates a connection to each establishment through the recreation of these in architectural drawings and paintings.


Lorna Williams is a sculpture artist living in New Orleans. Through a position with a pen manufacturing company, Williams learned to craft pens with a lathe, a machine that cuts and smooths stones into vibrant patterned casings. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. In 2009, she attended the Norfolk Program at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem, NY; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.


Enjoy our latest episode of the Arts Council’s “Behind the Booth” Artist Series, offering a glimpse into the spaces and studios of Arts Market New Orleans artists. This month features Cely Pedescleaux, a local textile artist who produces art & traditional quilts; quilted apparel & accessories; conducts workshops, lectures & demonstrations about quilting and its history.


Behind the booth artist for the month of August features Megan Jewel a New Orleans-based artist creating whimsical cut-paper illustrations, thoughtful handmade cards, and unique custom-designed invitations. A native of Buffalo, New York, she received a B.S. from Ithaca College in Cinema & Photography, which has continued to influence her desire to tell stories through her artwork. 


Our first Behind the Booth video features artist and urban designer, Nurhan Gokturk. A nationally and internationally recognized artist, Gokturk received his Master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. His projects have been featured at the Venice Biennale, the Aqua Art Fair, Governor’s Island Art Center and many other museums and galleries around the world.