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Artist / Owner Monica Rose Kelly operates out of her studio and specializes in fine art, murals, illustration, and design. Her style is musical and dream-like, and she composes her images with an intuitive elegance. She is in love with the vibrant culture of her city, and channels the unique flavors of New Orleans through her work.
In addition to creating fine art for collectors, Monica works with businesses large and small to accentuate their brands with original artwork. She creates décor solutions such as murals, hand-painted signage, and paintings to breathe new life into spaces, while keeping brand integrity in mind through use of color and style. Her background in graphic design and signage production taught her to work in a curatorial manner, with a sharp eye for detail and balance.
An art educator of 15 years, Monica additionally teaches both digital and traditional media classes. Monica Kelly Studio is located in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, in her historic Creole cottage that she has been renovating into a gallery and classroom.
Monica is passionate about building community and strives to form long-term creative partnerships with her clients. She has created brands and merchandise for many non-profits, bands and musicians in the New Orleans community, as well as for larger festivals and international businesses. Monica founded the Magazine St. Art Market to connect local artists and encourage new art collectors. She also co-founded Get Fly Bodypainting collective, which staffs face and body painters for events and photo shoots. The New Orleans Society of Fly Ladies is a collective of creative female entrepreneurs that Monica founded to encourage networking and sharing of resources.
1. Tell me a little more!
I’m a creator that likes to interface with my clients to bring their visions to life. I love to visually capture the vibrations found in music, dance, and the things that cause us to wonder. My studio house contains a gallery, print shop, my working studio and a collaborative healing space.
I also love working with flower essence therapy, which is a system of energy remedies for the emotional body. Flowers have their own vibrational frequencies, and when you ingest them they effect your emotional body. You can use them on kids too. It’s quick and effective without putting them on pills. I was on medication for depression when I was younger. Pharmaceuticals made me numb and I lost my desire to create art. I hit the point where I was willing to try anything and that’s what led me to flower essence therapy.
I experienced so much spiritual healing and raised awareness that I wanted to share this healing modality with everyone. In 2013 I studied and trained with the Flower Essence Society in Nevada City, California. I am now focusing my practice on musicians, because mental health is so important for creative longevity and artists tend to turn to alcohol and drugs to come down after they perform. Flower essences are really effective with sensitive creative types.
Dr. Edward Bach started this practice in the 1800s to provide healing for the spirit, as emotional problems eventually become physical.
As an artist, it’s important to feel the full spectrum of emotions instead of numbing them.
2. How long have you been in business?
Monica Kelly Studio opened in 2012 but I was freelancing before that for several years. The flower essence therapy started 6 years ago.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
The flower essence therapy has only been word of mouth so far. I also offer healing portrait commission. It’s a portrait with a flower essence healing.
5. Lagniappe Info.
You can visit the shop and gallery by appointment. I have frequent visitors, just text me! I am located at 1401 Laharpe. There are lots of print editions and gift items here.
There is fine art for sale at the studio as well.
You can find some of my pieces at Zele, Glitter Box, and the Mardi Gras Museum. My largest mural in New Orleans features Big Chief Bo Dollis on Oretha Castle Haley and Jackson Ave.
Email Monica directly at firstname.lastname@example.org