Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NOLA 2012: La Maison Fantôme

So Katherine Engen of Valley Ridge Art Studio and I are teaming up once again for another amazing adventure down in the enchanting and mysterious city of New Orleans.  Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2012 is the date to keep on your calendar.  This year's class: La Maison Fantôme.  Here's the skinny:

La Maison Fantôme
Ghost Story:
In New Orleans there is a restaurant off Jackson Square called Muriels.  Good food, great historic French Quarter atmosphere, and best of all…it’s haunted.  That’s right, oooooooo…..haunted.  Here’s a little back story:  After a devasting fire in the French Quarter, this property was aquired and restored to its orginal grandeur by a man named Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan.  His home was his pride and joy, however he had a nasty gambling habit and one night in 1814 he wagered his most prized possession, his magnificent home.  The cards turned against him and he lost.  Before he could honor his wager he shot himself on the second floor, which is now a séance lounge for the restaurant, where he is said to roam to this day.  
Through the years,  the ghost of Mr. Jourdan caused mischief for the various residents of the property, by breaking wine glasses or appearing as sparkling lights.  The owners of Muriel’s restaurant have found an interesting solution to their resident phantom; they set a table for him each night, where he is served food and drink.  This seems to appease the former master of the house and the business has been thriving, since.
The Class:
It is said that my home is haunted (though I have never seen alleged spirit) but have had a number of friends who swear they exist and have experienced a variety of eerie occurrences with ghostly types.  So it dawned on me that perhaps these ghosts just need a little bit of pampering, and this got me thinking about an interesting idea for a class: la maison fantôme, a ghost house.  


Using found objects and the art of assemblage attendees will create  a little shrine where you can leave little treats or offerings to appease the supernatural inhabitant.  Hopefully this will keep them content and they will no longer move furniture, break wine glasses or make prank phone calls.   Whether you currently have a spirit or need to prevent one from settling in, a Maison Fantome is a must for any home.  Oh remember, whatever you leave as an offering should be: “ectoplasmmm…mmm…good.”
Now doesn't that sound nifty?  Katherine is busy making hotel arrangements and figuring out this year's tours…I think a trip to the Seance Lounge in Muriel's is in order, don't you?  If you're interested you can register here:
See you there!

10 comments:

Wendy said...

Holy Ghost, this is my favorite art piece of yours EVER. Sounds like a fabulous workshop.

Celiagart (Lucy F.) said...

I love it !!! Woooooooooooooooowwww :-)

Debs said...

Well cool.

Debs said...

Wow this totally ROCKS.

Heidi said...

This is an amazing piece. When are you teaching in Arizona?

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, crap, this is AWESOME!

fishyfacedesigns said...

This is awesome!!!!! WOW!

Pandora said...

What a beautiful ghost house you have created! That's a class I would love to take. I need one for my house because there are a couple of ghosts there and they do crazy things. They were watching channel 2 the other day when I got home - I'm not sure why. I will mark my calendar and try to make the New Orleans trip and in the mean time I am signed up for two of your classes at Zinnia next month!

Kalaya Steede said...

Michael, I think it's great that you are doing workshops in our beautiful city. I'm surprised that we don't have more. We seldom get Artists from out of town. I was looking forward to Art and Soul in July but they cancelled. Bummer! Anyway...keep coming back!

Reva M. said...

This piece is stellar. I have an old fiddle I have been keeping for years, knowing I would make it into something some day. I had envisioned a shelf of some kind but you have launched me to yet another level of creativity. Thanks again for the inspiration Maestro.