Decor: Oysters + Art

In addition to their culinary value, oysters are often incorporated into or are the subject of artwork. We support the "nose to tail" movement, which has swept through the American culinary scene. From the meat to the hide (or in this case, the shell), we believe the whole animal should be celebrated. Check out a few of our favorite local artists paying homage to the iridescent bivalve in a variety of ways.

HELEN BOLIN

1. What inspired you to incorporate oysters into your work? 

Probably what inspired me the most to start using oysters is the simplistic beauty of the oyster itself. Then the selection of each oyster became an art in itself from hand selecting them from the coast in Cocodrie, LA.

2. What's your favorite way to eat an oyster?

Believe it or not, I do not eat oysters and yes, I'm from here.

3. What is the best thing about Autumn?

My favorite thing about Autumn is the changing of seasons and cooler weather!

www.helenbolindesigns.com

Oyster Ornaments 

Oyster Ornaments 

Oyster Cross

Oyster Cross

Halfshell on Canvas

Halfshell on Canvas

JENNIFER RODRIGUE

1. What inspired you to incorporate oysters into your work? 

Oysters have and will always be a part of New Orleans culture. The oyster is an important culinary element as well as an inspirational one. When opened, I find that the oyster presents a palette that is brilliant, timeless, and chic. My art reflects just this, and is to be comprehended with the spectrum of light -- how sunlight can change one's perspective instantly by bringing positive vibes to the onlooker, and creating a sense of serenity and stability.

2. What's your favorite way to eat an oyster?

I like any dish with oysters incorporated, but I'd have to say my favorite way to eat them is raw.

3. What is the best thing about Autumn?

The weather in New Orleans gets so nice around that time after the hot and humid summer. Everyone is in a good mood; when you're surrounded by happy people, you're inspired to make great art!

www.jenniferrodrigueart.com

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SALLIE BYNUM ANZELMO

1. What inspired you to incorporate oysters into your work? 

I've always been inspired by nature and coastal living. Oyster shells possess such a natural beauty that is often unrecognized. Through my paintings and décor, I focus on the organic shape and colors allowing them to be the main focus of each piece I create. Over the years, I have been blessed to share a little of Louisiana on a national and international level.

2. What's your favorite way to eat an oyster?

Chargrilled, from Drago's or Mansur's on the Boulevard with a glass of champagne.

3. What is the best thing about Autumn?

Leather, the weather, and Halloween!

www.sbynumart.com

Oyster Key Chains

Oyster Key Chains

Beaded Lariat Necklace

Beaded Lariat Necklace

Oysters Still Life

Oysters Still Life

Cheers, 
Five Seasons