Pete represented Dixieland jazz on an international stage, and performed for four Presidents and a Pope. He hung out with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Dolly Parton to Hank Williams Jr. and was the unofficial ambassador of good-time New Orleans jazz.
His greatest friendly rivalry was with trumpeter Al Hirt, whose club was down the street from Fountain's. They stole musicians from each other, and sometimes came into each other's clubs and played together. They were good friends who came up together and later recorded several albums together.Fountain was a founder and the most prominent member of the Half-Fast Walking Club, one of the best known freelance marching units that parade in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day. Pierre Dewey Fountain, Jr. was born March 3, 1930 and died peacefully on August 6, 2016.
“The Gospel According to New Orleans”, my collection of iconic New Orleans musicians, commemorates their role in the evolution of the eccentric culture and music traditions of New Orleans. All depicted in this series are musical and cultural icons who make, or live on through, their significant contributions to the uniqueness of what composes the spirit of New Orleans. They exemplify the joie de vivre that runs through all aspects of life here in all of its diversity. All work is copyrighted.
Acrylic, rhinestones,23K gold leaf, on deep canvas
18" x 24"
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I feel fortunate to be able to share my love of New Orleans through my paintings. I feel like I was separated from this city at birth and that I came home when I moved here in 2009. I am in love with this colorful city that continuously entertains, amuses, and inspires me with its deep, rich history, architecture, people, amazing music, and unique neighborhoods, each with a very distinctive flavor. I also find inspiration in sentimental objects and little altars everywhere in my home, which is a sacred space to me.
My work is done in the studio and from photos I take while making my way around town, usually preferring the path less traveled. I intend to keep moving on this creative journey, always exploring different mediums and techniques.
This is my New Orleans narrative through which I hope you can experience joy, amusement, sentimentality, and some lesser known places in New Orleans from these paintings.
Cheryl Anne Grace is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown area.
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