Michael Flohr, “The Big Easy”

Exclusive Collections Galleries were in full swing with master painter Michael Flohr’s latest exhibition of original oil paintings inspired by New Orleans, Louisiana and aptly titled, “The Big Easy” for the city’s renowned nickname. Michael Flohr, internationally recognized for his expressionist depictions of urban scenes, relied vastly upon emotional ties to the city for his newest collection. He, along with his beautiful wife, Melissa, had chosen New Orleans as their honeymoon destination and ever since have had a nostalgic connection to the heavily European-influenced city.

Michael Flohr Show

Artist Michael Flohr (right) with wife Melissa (2nd to the right) and collectors at “The Big Easy” in EC Seaport Village Gallery.

Michael Flohr explains, “When we were young and didn’t have enough money to afford to go to Europe, we decided to go to New Orleans instead.” Its European influence, especially in the French Quarter, became the subject for many of his works including his newly released fine art limited edition, A Quarter Past. Ten years later, Michael revisited the city of New Orleans both in person and on canvas. He spent full days taking photographs, making sketches, and gathering inspiration for his new collection centered around New Orleans and its culture. “The Big Easy” captures the romantic elements that continue to make the city one of the most popular destinations in the world. Jazz music, enduring history, and eclectic historic architecture make New Orleans identifiable and beloved.

A Quarter Past by Michael Flohr

Michael Flohr’s fine art limited edition, A Quarter Past (regular edition available in size 16” x 20”).

“The Big Easy” made a big impression by exhibiting first in Las Vegas at Exclusive Collections Forum Shops Gallery on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, 2013. With a befitting Mardi Gras theme, collectors enjoyed being immersed in a thriving culture still evolving from the counterparts of its past.

Mardi Gras

Attendees of “The Big Easy” were encouraged to select Mardi Gras attire upon entering the gallery.

The festivities continued on to Exclusive Collections Laguna Beach Gallery on June 8-9, where visitors enjoyed watching the artist paint live on a new work of art.

Michael Flohr Laguna Beach

The exhibition came to a finale at Exclusive Collections Seaport Village Gallery in San Diego the weekend of June 21-23. Culture revolves around food and beverages, music, and art, making these three components necessary for Michael Flohr’s “The Big Easy”. EC Seaport Village Gallery was graced with the musical stylings of jazz musician David Patrone while attendees enjoyed complimentary wine and Cajun style hors d’oeuvres presented by The Inspired Gourmet.David Patrone

David Patrone brings the spirit of NOLA to life with a four-person jazz performance.

The exhibition’s highlight was the unveiling of Michael Flohr’s newly released fine art hand-embellished limited edition, NOLA. Upon the unveiling, Michael Flohr addressed his concept behind his New Orleans collection and elaborated on similarities between Europe and the city.

Unveiling of NOLA

Artist Michael Flohr (left) and Exclusive Collections Gallery Owner James Thorn (right) unveil Flohr’s newest fine art limited edition, NOLA.

NOLA by Michael Flohr, a fine art hand-embellished limited edition.

If you were unable to attend Michael Flohr’s “The Big Easy” at an EC Gallery near you, contact an Exclusive Collections fine art consultant today to view this exceptional collection of original oil paintings and maybe add a little New Orleans flavor to your home!

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~ by Exclusive Collections Galleries on July 1, 2013.

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