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Terrance Osborne is a local New Orleans celebrity. In the pre-Katrina world, he taught advanced art at Alice Harte Elementary. When I first knew who Terrance was, it was the post-Katrina world when he released these amazing paintings of colorful, New Orleans houses either on stilts, or stacked on top of one another. He has since designed 5 Jazz Fest posters, painted mini houses that were raffled off, and become well loved across New Orleans. I stumbled upon Terrance while doing another interview. He was busy signing the rest of his Jazz Fest posters, with each one getting a little hand drawing at the bottom. Flashing his million dollar smile, he graciously entertained me.
1. What products and services do you offer?
If you ever found a city that was undiscovered, the first thing you would do is to look at its art to know their culture. I like to believe I’m a culture documenter or culture producer.
2. How long have you been in business?
I started art in general in the 5th grade. The class I was in, when everyone started talking too much, they would make us get in a line and you would get whacked on your hand with a ruler depending on how unruly you were. I never talked much, but I was really quiet then! I started focusing on art at that time.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
That my gallery appeals to the senses. For smell, there is lavender in the air. For touch, I have a 3″ thick rug on the ground. For sound, I make the playlist for the gallery. I have songs that people will bob their head to, or sing along, or tap their fingers. If they don’t react that way to the song, I take it off the playlist. The visual is covered in the art. For taste, the city has that covered.
5. What’s your favorite aspect or project you’ve worked on?
For aspect, it would be the culture producer. It makes me feel wonderful. I also love that art is a silent language. I can say what I want without being there.
My favorite project… it’s a secret for now. I have a big project coming up in the next year.
Terrance’s studio can be found in the Garden District at 3029 Magazine St.