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Loyola celebrates White Linen Night

Loyola press release - July 20, 2009

Each year, White Linen Night, presented by the New Orleans Arts District, draws art lovers together for the highly-anticipated art crawl the first Saturday in August. Loyola University New Orleans joins in this year with the work of visual arts assistant professor Karoline Schleh and an after party for alumni and friends of Loyola.

White Linen Night takes place Saturday, August 1, from 6 – 9 p.m., between the 300-800 blocks of Julia Street. While strolling from gallery to gallery, participants will see some of the city’s finest art offerings while sampling authentic New Orleans cuisine and enjoying live music.

Schleh will display more than 20 works at the Contemporary Arts Center’s “Hot up Here” exhibit. “Hot up Here” features recent and newly contextualized work by New Orleans- and Louisiana-based artists. The CAC is located at 900 Camp St., and admission, which includes entrance to the CAC Celebration and Post Party, is $10.

Starting at 8 p.m., alumni and members of the Loyola community are invited to “Loyola in Linen: A White Linen Night Affair,” in the Atrium Sculpture Garden of the Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans, at 700 Tchoupitoulas St. Admission is $20 per person and includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. To RSVP, visit the Loyola alumni Web site at http://alumni.loyno.edu/linen09 and register by Friday, July 24.

The tradition of wearing white linen in New Orleans dates back to the years before air conditioning, when people wore white linen clothing to soften the effects of the summer heat. Men wore white suits and women wore white dresses to reflect, rather than absorb, the sun’s rays.

This tradition is revisited every summer in the city’s Warehouse Arts District on the first Saturday evening in August in the form of White Linen Night. Art lovers who get into the true spirit wear white outfits and white hats as they stroll leisurely along Julia Street and adjacent streets for this night of celebration.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.