As emergency rescues were still taking place, Devin De Wulf settled into his backyard shed and artist-studio and began painting "Every Man a Hero". He wanted to thank the members of Cajun Navy and help raise money for schools affected by the storm.
“Despite the tragedy and sadness in Houston and East Texas – there are many inspiring examples of humanity, says De Wulf. With all the issues we face as a nation, it is inspiring to see these grassroots organizations come together and help each other. The most inspiring example of this is the Cajun Navy - hundreds of regular Louisianans with boats and big hearts.”
With every painting or print you purchase, Where Y’Art will give 100% of the proceeds to Texas classrooms identified by Principals Helping Principals, starting with KIPP 3D Academy and Watkins Middle School of Houston, Texas.
"We, as Louisianians know what it’s like to rebuild,” says Collin Ferguson, co-founder of Where Y’Art. “With the impending hurricanes upon us, we believe these grassroots efforts define the spirit and resilience of our region, people helping people where Every Man a Hero can be our universal battle cry.”
Additionally, "Every Man a Hero" can be purchased and donated to members of the Cajun Navy as a thank you for their brave and selfless efforts.
Last year, when flooding impacted central Louisiana, artist Devin De Wulf and Where Y’Art teamed up with The Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (APEL) to raise money for flooded classrooms through the sale of Louisiana People Stronger than Water. Nearly $5000 was raised, which went directly to teachers in three impacted schools.
"Devin De Wulf and Where Y’Art were a great supporter and partner of our association's charitable efforts to support teachers during the 2016 Flood recovery.” - Dr. Keith Courville, Executive Director, Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana.
Oil on canvas
3' x 5'
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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 towards 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.
Devin DeWulf is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Bywater neighborhood.
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