Thursday, January 26, 2012

On Parade... Collectibles by Lorraine Gendron

     A number of you asked and commented about the whimsical wooden cutouts in my Mardi Gras Home Tour post earlier this week. So here it goes...

Parade of characters on display in guest room

     Upon moving back to Louisiana in the summer of 2008, I fell in love with the unique wooden creations at one of my favorite Magazine Street shoppes (and yes, I spend a lot of time on Magazine Street---miles of fun).
     Lorraine Gendron, a Louisiana Folk Artist from Hahnville, has created these wonderful, whimsically painted wooden cutouts representing New Orleans iconic images. Her work is treasured by collectors around the globe.
     After receiving my first Lorraine Gendron original from J for Christmas of 2008, I was hooked. Since then, I have received more as gifts and purchased a few of my own. Thanks, Honey! My first one was the Rex float which is part of the Floats Collection.

Rex Float

Float Collection

     I look forward to the Mardi Gras season each year to display these fun wooden creations with my Mardi Gras decor. Though I put them out only for the Mardi Gras season, they make a great addition to any and all decor all year long.
     Here are some more from my own Lorraine Gendron collection:



Zulu Warrior


2nd liners

     Compliments abound from many when they see these wonderful figures, each with its own distinctive personality.
     Here are more from the Lorraine Gendron Collection:

Mardi Gras Indian Collection

Flambeaux Collection

     In New Orleans, Lorraine Gendron's work is available at Gentry on Magazine Street and Judy at the Rink on Prytania Street.

Happy Parading, y'all !

On parade...on mantle


  1. Great collection! I have been wanting to spend a day shopping on Magazine Street but haven't been able to find the time yet. If I ever get the chance to go I will look for this collection! Thanks for sharing...Happy Mardi Gras!

  2. Love those! I'm going to have to check out this shop next time I go to Magazine St. Happy Mardi Gras!

  3. that is really cool! great collection!

  4. I have two of these pieces. I love them. One is an angelic woman eating watermelon. My mom inherited it \form my aunt who passed away from cancer 6 years ago. It now sits on Emily's shelf watching out for her always!0 Jenn Arnone


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