Greetings: the 8th Portculture arts exhibition is Saturday 8/18/18

That’s correct. This Saturday at Urban South we are celebrating the 8th instillation of the artisans show + exhibition. So far this entire year we have been hosting an array of talented souls from all over New Orleans and even other cities. We’re beyond grateful for the support that’s been given to our organization as we advance our goal of initiating the arts renaissance of the gulf-coast.

We are a catalyst to grander state of mind in relationship to the arts. We are a society of young art collectors, musicians, photographers, painters, sculptors, brand ambassadors, and more.

Thanks for supporting the growing collective of artists who show their works with us.

This was created from artists working together.

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Introducing Sam Prather also known as FRIEDSKRIMPZ

Welcome to Portculture x Urban South! This is your first time showcasing your work with us. What’s something you’re looking forward to during this show?
Well, I’ve never drank beer while showing my art, so that’s going to be cool. I was also going through the instagrams of all the other artists and definitely want to meet them in person, connect, and make new art friends. I’ve been wanting to collab for a minute.
Have you participated in other art shows? If so where?
Oh yeah, I’m from Baton Rouge and hustled the most I could in college. I started in early high school with a weekly neighborhood showing, Stabbed in the art, I’ve shown in the BR City Park Gallery, I did seasonal markets in BR’s mid-city, had a booth at BR’s Queer Fest… The first show I ever did in NOLA was at a RAW event, and more recently at a yoga studio. In the process of doing all of these, I am trying to learn my clientele, and where my art fits in best.
What inspired you to come to New Orleans and sell your art?
NOLA always was my get-away from BR. I never really fit in there. I was quirky and closeted. Of course I had my friends, but frat culture and conservatism bothered me to no end. So I looked forward to the weekends or the events I would come down for, and danced and basked in weirdness that creates the culture of this city. Also, even after I did a bit of travelling, I still felt this connection to NOLA, like it’s energy was signaling to me to come, grow and flourish. When I graduated college, I go over here as fast as I could and found a job. These last four months I’ve been here have been amazing.
How did you find out about the Portculture art experience?
Hehe, that NOLA magic energy. I was invited to one before I moved here, but didn’t know what it was or who put it on. A few months later, when I have settled in, I went to Hari Krishna with a couple of friends. My friend Anna introduced me to this cool guy toting an amazing art magazine, Leeaux, and here we are! Art show connects over free Indian food, I can dig it.
Do you plan to make a living from your art?
Soo I am currently between two worlds. I am legal assistant for the state. Art is my passion, but I am also extremely interested in law. Right now, big girl job is funding art. I am working to balance the two right now, but if one over-powers the other, I’ll let it happen. Law school might be a thing. But also meeting the right people, showing in the right places, might also be a thing. We’ll see. I’m giving myself two years to figure it all out.
Where do you see yourself in the next year, literally June 23rd 2019.
Still living that good NOLA based life, with many new experiences under my belt. Hopefully I get some international travel or a few through hikes in before now and then.
What inspires you to create?
The natural world, I am not good at interpreting rigidity. I’ve painted lots of plants and animals. Sensuality. I like painting fruits. Organized chaos. Poetry, I am doing 3 paintings for a series of poems my witch friend wrote for a showing we’re doing together. Turn of phases, wordplay and concepts, I reworked a painting recently based on the Ego, and one of my first surreal paintings was “Eyelands, mouths of Rivers,” I’ll let you visualize. I also enjoy the concept of masks and I love finding interesting photos of people wearing them and recreating them into drawings, as well as religious imagery.
Do you think pop culture has a deeper influence in modern art that is being neglected unless you’re already “famous” or “known”. (Meaning do you think the trends that influence the art we see everyday isn’t digested properly unless they are already established artists?) *optional*
Oh definitely. While I can submerge myself in the artists I like and follow on social media and magazines, I find myself guilty of this when I go to museums. The first and best example I can think of was when I went to the Louvre. I didn’t go for the purpose of seeing Mona, there was a meso-American exhibit I heard about, but when I go near where she was, I felt the energy surrounding her and gravitated towards the crowd. I could only get in the proximity, I wasn’t about to fight a crowd of tourists with selfie sticks, but when I turned around I was in awe of this beautiful, enormous, fantastically detailed mural that looked like it took a life time to create. The artist was one that I have never heard of in my base level art studies, Paolo Veronese, which is quite a shame because he was obviously a master artist. I feel that the French have such a sense of humor to put this piece of art across from Mona. I suppose it was done for tourists to question their artistic sensibilities, so that they do not get caught up in the group think of trying to capture the image of a known piece, and admire an almost infinite masterwork.
What makes great art?
Hmm.. Subjectivity is the only thing shared when it comes to the consumption of art. I guess it’s utilizing the power of this subjectivity to hone in on emotions. Rothko comes to mind for me. His art constructively simplistic, yet the depth of his emotional turmoil was transferred to his canvases. This, mixed with the generation he was painting, was the formula to success, and making his art, subjectively, great.



Introducing: PREACHER – An Artist Feature

We would like to take the time to introduce PREACHER, a multidisciplinary strategic painter. Self taught and “pretty simple” with no formal art education….. he says. PREACHER creates works of art that balance on the lines of popculture, political, and subliminal. His medium of choice is wheat paste, but for gallery-based work mixed media and acrylic/aerosol on canvas or reclaimed objects are used.

I discovered PORTCULTURE through a local art event and was invited to showcase in the upcoming shows.

Do you enjoy this program?

Yes it provides me a lot of exposure.

What inspires you to create?

Emotions and societal pressure.

Where do you see yourself in the next year in New Orleans

Hopefully in the middle of painting a mural somewhere..

What do you love about New Orleans?

I enjoy how it’s a spread out urban city, Mainly the architecture and history.

What is your favorite Urban South Beer?

Coop’d Up

Below is his artist statement:

PREACHER began working under this alias towards the end of 2016. Known

mostly for his widespread wheat-pasting campaigns, Preacher resides and practices canvas based fine art in his hometown in Alabama. Most prolific in New Orleans, La., the contemporary folk/street-artist incorporates many advertising themes and techniques into his public works. The medium of choice for this muralist is wheat paste. For gallery-based work, mixed media and acrylic/aerosol are commonly used.

Known to use several types of paper (from wax blueprints, vintage music sheets, WWI journal entries, etc.) in his works, Preacher experiments with the concepts of familiarity and historical depth. To connect with the viewer on an emotional level, realistic portraits and characters in a combination with text and neutral color palette are intended to trigger visual curiosity; yet juxtaposed with drips to confuse the viewer. Though based in the “bible-belt” of the Southeast, Preacher’s plethora of work is not religiously charged. A visual dialogue is created in most of his works, drawing from themes of economics and commonly accompanied with aggressive sticker, moniker, and wheat pasting techniques



Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

That’s right. Nothing worth having comes easy. Greetings to the June weather and the new month. We’re entering half a year of making progress in the arts community helping provide a new platform to showcase art and network. It’s been our duty as artists to help make the world a better place for creatives.

June 23rd you can come scope out this emergent art show with us at Urban South Brewery. They have been completely outstanding to work with. It’s beautiful to have values align to where we work in tandem with them to build and create as their arts program essentially. Together we’re bringing a new light to the arts of New Orleans.

We’re also looking for individuals looking to work with on these projects. If you’re interested in submitting content send to: subject line: content –

NOTICE: Also wild, hey, we have been getting a lot of submissions for this art show. We definitely plan on allowing everyone a chance to join up. We’ll be contacting those who have submitted within the next week. Get ready for a ton of updates.


A New Level of Interaction

This summer we will be introducing a new way to interact with the Portculture network.

As you already can imagine, with growth comes a grip of updates with us. We are elated to share these announcements. It’s only natural that we begin exploring new avenues to gain more exposure and visibility for not just us but the artists we support and showcase.

We’ve been working with the incredible team at Ello, “the creator’s network”, helping our artists gain exposure from an entirely different platform. At our fifth instillation of the Portculture art show we announced our pledge to the site and provided their Not For Print publications, stickers, and enamel pins for the audience to indulge. Hopefully our readers remember that. From this we no longer desire to post into the void of Facebook sharing our art and story. For Facebook we will: publish updates/articles made to our site, share announcements/accomplishments, and publish events for our remaining audience to help discover when we are hosting an exhibition or concert tour.

Using Ello our artwork is much more appreciated by true fans of art who flock to the site to explore and discover new artists and creators. Yes. This is a new frontier for creativity. No. Ello isn’t for everyone. Which is fine. We plan to use our account to showcase and feature artists in New Orleans to our growing network on Ello’s platform. We also will use our platform to share private events and behind the scenes growth for Portculture.

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This summer we will be regularly activating our email newsletter. This is actually really exciting as we launched an email update the other day and it was received well by our friends who have been subscribed to us since the origin of our website. No unsubscribes even after we gave the option to. Who knows. Portculture isn’t for everyone either. Subscribe: join us here.

A good way to also RSVP for reminders for anything Portculture related is to email stating you’re interested in being in the loop of our art events. This also allows you to be guest-listed at a majority of our events by receiving discounts on entry when there is an option for it.

The next art show will be on June 23rd at Urban South. If you are an artist interested in showcasing your work please make sure you give us your information. The sign up is really easy and takes no more than five minutes to fill out. Giving us your information helps locate you to remain in contact as well as send you the run down for the event. (Including flier, event details, set up, break down, etc.) Don’t sleep on this. It’s a solid opportunity to sell your art in the middle of the summer. Just plan with us. RSVP today.

Hope you’re enjoying life right now. We hope you’re remaining inspired. Being an artist is a wild lifestyle. Our team is dedicated to making sure we clear a new path for the dedicated artist. We are the gulf-coast art renaissance.

More updates soon to come. Music releases, artist interviews, and more coming up.


Introducing Patrick Rulh, aka @dirty_funq


Introducing New Orleans based artist Patrick Rulh (aka @dirty_funq)
Patrick, 26, is an artist based in New Orleans. He came across Portculture from seeing posts on Instagram from artists floating around our society.

“I love this program”

“This gathering has increased the exposure of my art to a wider audience also allowing me to network effectively with a lot of fellow creatives in the city”

“It’s created an environment for me that helps provide a sense of belonging. Everyone I’ve met through Portculture so far has been incredibly genuine and supportive. There’s a lot of love here inspiring me to keep creating”

“I’m greatly influenced by the energy and aesthetics of my surroundings; the small nuances and details in things. Also seeing people create dope things plays a huge role in inspiring me to create. Whether it’s someone crushing a mural or watching somebody do a sick line in a skate video- seeing people push themselves to the limits makes me push harder to improve. All in all having the ability to create is essential to balancing my equilibrium and sense of self fulfillment”

We asked Patrick where does he see himself in the next year pursuing art here his reply was,

“I see myself continuing to network and improve my skills and vision as a creative. I’d like to display my artwork at a variety of venues across the city and also delve into video work a bit more.”

What do you love about New Orleans?

“I love New Orleans for its vibrant energy. Once you spend a substantial amount of time here, everywhere else seems boring. Nowhere else looks or feels like New Orleans.”

We definitely also had to find out what is your favorite Urban South Beer? Holy Roller 🍻

Find @dirty_funq and a collection of other brilliant artists this Saturday here at Urban South- 5 to 9PM we will be presenting a fresh wave of creativity.

Follow the palm trees #portculture  – Stick around for more artist features. xo 🌴🌴

Fresh Tunes for You to Enjoy by Overly Talented Creators

These tracks being featured in this post are from a collection of newly released jams from some of our most loved and newly connected peers. We have been giving a lot of attention to the latest being produced within our degree of separation so we hope you enjoy these featured artists as much as we do. Please take your time and be consumed with culture. You can’t possibly go bored. Here’s your chance to discover new music.
















Thank You for Helping Us Achieve a Total of 11K+ Website Hits

Whether you’re browsing the home page for featured article posts, enjoying new released music, learning about new events, or even applying to participate in our art showcases, we are sending out a heartfelt thank you for helping us reach 11,000+ total website views.

We have visitors who arrive here from a simple Google search. Some of our visitors arrive from our Instagram link, Twitter, Facebook. We might have met in a pub and received the link or at some networking event in the city while management drinks and boasts about how functional our webpage actually is.

Regardless, it means the world. We hope you find what you’re looking for, from new musical artists to listen to, to new visual artists to follow and admire their work.

We are a portal of culture. Welcome to our art society.

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Thank You for Collecting Artwork at Urban South

It’s completely outstanding to see the number of people who come out to our art showcases. This means the entire world to us that people come through in packs for this spectacle of an event to collect artwork. We feature an outstanding number of creative individuals from all walks of life.  The curated art shows we produce are meant for people to discover new talent that’s hiding throughout the city of New Orleans and surrounding cities. We plan to open the portal to even showcase artists from across the country. Our next art show is May 19th, if you are reading this and want to showcase your work with us, please give us your information, click me. If you don’t get an email back immediately do not be discouraged at all. We are consistently grinding to improve this experience, just stay in touch with us.

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We’re totally expanding. Thank you.

Exclusive Music Release of Friendkerrek’s Latest EP – EARTH MUSIC HD

Happy Earth Day folks. We sure love Mother Nature. You should too. Don’t liter and say no to plastic bags at the grocery store. Today we have the honor of presenting to your ears first the LATEST music from friendkerrek. His newest EP titled EARTH MUSIC HD is being streamed on our website before anywhere else. Come and rejoice with us the artistic work of upcoming beat maker friendkerrek.

For fans of lofi hip-hop, cult music, and beat tapes.