We wanted to thank all those who participated in the name the folks in the "Homage to the French Quarter Contest."
of the "Preservation Hall Portraits"
book Grand Prize is Resa Lambert,
a Preservation Hall icon, with 31 identifications. Congratulations Resa! In 2nd place was JoAnne Clevenger
who owns the painting which is on display at "The Upperline Restaurant". All of you that participated will get a prize of a 1964 Noel Rockmore catalog(link)
which is now a collectors item. Please email
us your mailing address to confirm your prize. You can still win a prize by actually identifying any of the remaining unidentified characters - especially #10 - - *note - Johnny White regular is just not a positive I.D. Homage High resolution close up link
There is some exciting news on the Noel Rockmore Auction front with two big auctions coming up including one this weekend of "The Last Supper" at New Orleans Auction Galleries.
We will also make a PR push to bring visibility to Noel Rockmore tied into the sale of one of his masterpiece Crown Jewels, 'The Coney Island Labyrinth" self portrait on April 18th at Neal Auction.
The sad news to report is that Johnny Donnels (web site link),
the long time French Quarter icon, photographer and artist passed away on March 19th after taking a spill playing with his dog. There were complications after his hip surgery and he succumbed shortly thereafter to a heart attack. Many of you got the postcard that had Johnny's photo of Gypsy Lou Webb & Noel Rockmore on it. We were lucky enough to get to know Johnny well in the last year and this photo by Tee Marvin
captures him in his element. (WWL Obit & comments) (Times Picayune Obit) (Tributes.com)
Our condolences to his family, may his memory be a blessing.
The Noel Rockmore Project Team is busily documenting and transcribing Rockmore interviews.There are more trips planned in the near future to document artwork and interview characters and collectors. Let us know if you are interested.
That's all for now. We will keep you posted. Click on the name below to email us.