Good Press. Good Juju.
Exhibit of Kearney clays,
Robinette 'jujus' creates warm synergy at Academy of Fine Arts
Roughly triangular in shape, Robinette's "jujus" are the embodiment of protective spirits that watch over various aspects of south Louisiana culture.
"Most deep cultures have dolls and charms as a part of their lore for luck, happiness, and protection. My Juju dolls have taken on a life of their own," Robinette explains on his website.
Some are playful, such "Breesette, Protector of Class Acts,” which features an image of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and "Tigrette, Protector of LSU Football.”
Others are more serious, such as "Evangelette, Protector of the Wetland,” and "Amiesette, Protector of Friendship,” depicting a dog and cat.
The exhibits remain on view through March 30 at the Academy Gallery, 5256 Magazine St. Plan to visit: It’s a rare opportunity to catch a debut show that complements perfectly works by a seasoned gallery artist.
Go do the Juju that you do
Former WWL-TV news anchor and WWL Radio talk show host Garland Robinette has branched out from portrait painting to folk art, combining the two for something unique.
Robinette has combined the west African tradition of the Juju doll with more traditional portraits. He says when his wife posted a few pictures of the paintings on social media, he began getting requests for the Juju portraits from around the world.
"It started out as just kind of fun, and my wife, who does a lot of social media put it on Instagram and others, and we started getting orders from Africa and Asia and Australia," Robinette told WWL's Scoot. "They wanted their children's portrait in the Juju doll, or they wanted something else that they'd commissioned."
March 9, 2019
We are delighted to announce our upcoming show with the talented Susu Kearney at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Art March 9-30. Opening reception is Saturday, March 9, 6-8 pm. It’s remarkable how her kimono pieces resemble the shape of Garland’s Juju Dolls. Be sure to save the date and join us for a wonderful evening of good juju in clay and paint.