Evenings with Enrique
Free Art & Outdoor Entertainment Returns to New Orleans Botanical Garden Every Wednesday in October
“Evenings with Enrique” returns this fall to New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park on October 6. Every Wednesday in October, New Orleans residents and visitors can stroll through The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden and enjoy live music and sculptures by renowned artist Enrique Alférez. Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the evening from Kitchen in the Garden Eats. The event is free for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
In addition to this weekly programming inside The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, the Botanical Garden will once again host a Day of the Dead Altar in the Garden’s Conservatory October 27 – 31 to honor the Latin holiday. The altar will be created by Hugo Montero, owner of Casa Borrega. Admission to the Botanical Garden will also be free on these days courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
Fans of Alférez’s work can purchase the recently-released Enrique Alférez: Sculptor by Katie Bowler Young onsite at “Evenings with Enrique” in the Botanical Gardens’ gift shop. Published by The Historic New Orleans Collection, the book chronicles the life of the preeminent artist and was made possible with support from The Helis Foundation and members of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s 2019 Bienville Circle and Laussat Society.
LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE:
• October 6: Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests from Cuba & Chile
• October 13: Macumba Brazilian trio with musicians from Brazil, Argentina & Germany
• October 20: Vivaz trio with guitarist/singer Javier Gutierrez from Bolivia
• October 27: Manuel Arteaga duo from Venezuela (5:00 – 6:20 p.m.) | Gauchos del Tango duo from Argentina (6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Where: 5 Victory Avenue, City Park, Enter through the Oscar J. Tolmas Building
Enrique Alférez was a Mexican-American artist who lived in New Orleans for almost 70 years. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his sculptures can be found throughout New Orleans, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and City Park. New Orleans Museum of Art also recently unveiled the Lapis Center for the Arts which includes Enrique Alférez’s monumental plaster relief mural, Symbols of Communication, restored from the former Times-Picayune building. In October 2015, New Orleans Botanical Garden unveiled The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000-sq.-ft.-park featuring Alférez’s sculptures set within sweeping footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.