The holidays continue to creep up on us and the number of available shopping days are dwindling. If you’re still searching for a great gift for the preservationist on your holiday shopping list, our next holiday gift guide for the ‘artsy preservationist’ should spur some ideas.
Unlike their bookworm counterparts, you won’t often find the artsy preservationist spending a quiet Friday night at home with a book. They constantly seek exciting new experiences and prefer soaking up the vibrant energy that this city offers. With their impeccable taste and cool demeanor, the artsy preservationist can be notoriously difficult to shop for. Thankfully, New Orleans is filled with talented artists who draw inspiration from our unique historic architecture and neighborhoods. Here’s a list of a few local artists whose pieces will wow even the most hard-to-please artsy preservationist.
Maggie Covert, @walkingmanstudios on Instagram
If you attended LUNA Fête this year, you may have noticed this artist’s booth at Lafayette Square filled with original art, prints, postcards, and other goodies. Her whimsical hand-drawn illustrations of New Orleans’ buildings and people will be sure to put a smile on your face. Searching for a truly one-of-a-kind piece? She also takes commissions for custom house portraits. Her etsy shop is packed with delightful pieces, like this Rainy Day in New Orleans print and this architectural wrapping paper.
Sam Randolph, @little_histories on Instagram
The next artist on our list specializes in vividly-colored digital illustrations of buildings and landmarks around New Orleans. Her prints, postcards, buttons, and vinyl stickers make excellent gifts and unique stocking-stuffers. You can find her merchandise at several spots around town, including the C&S Family Pharmacy, Garden District Book Shop, and Historic New Orleans Collection Shop. You can also find her pieces on her etsy site, including these greeting cards with New Orleans house types, or these vinyl stickers of New Orleans landmarks and cottages.
Anna Marilyn and Kate Alice, @thegrovestreetpress on Instagram
These two cousins, with individual backgrounds in English and Design, have combined their individual expertise and come together as business partners at their shop in the Warehouse District. They draw inspiration from American heritage and Southern traditions to create unique letterpress prints, cards, and gifts. Swing by their flagship location on Saint Joseph Street to see their antique Chandler & Price press in action and to become best friends with Mildred, their spotted labradoodle. Their goods can also be purchased online: some of our favorites include this New Orleans shotgun print and this stylized New Orleans streetcar map.
Visit their website, or visit their flagship store at 521 St. Joseph Street in the warehouse district.
As always, a membership to the PRC is sure to please any kind of preservationist, the ‘artsy preservationist’ included. Supporting an organization that protects and promotes the historic places that inspire local artists will give your gift recipient a warm fuzzy feeling all year ‘round. Their membership will include a one-year subscription to the Preservation in Print and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles magazines, free admission to Renovators’ Happy Hours, PRC’s Annual Meeting and Mint Julep Reception, and discounts on merchandise, workshops, tours, and other PRC events.
This stylish shotgun house canvas bag can also be purchased on the online PRC store, or in the lobby of our headquarters at 923 Tchopitoulas Street.
Still feeling uninspired by these gift ideas? It’s no secret that New Orleanians love to cook, eat, and imbibe. If you’re looking for a different type of gift to satisfy your preservationist’s sweet tooth, stay tuned for the last gift guide in the series for the Foodie Preservationist.