Next Paint Like a ProWorkshop coming up on Sunday April 19th!!! Click Here for more information.
A New Year- A New Us- A New You!
M. Francis Gallery and Studios is a place, filled with art! We specialize in fun painting parties and variety of other art classes and workshops such as wine glass painting classes, Creative Kids classes, Paint Like a Pro and mixed media workshops. We also showcase and sell the original art of local artists. We are passionate about being a space where you can come and unleash your creative self, whether it is through purchasing art or creating something of your own!
Our ultimate mission is to positively contribute to the Gross National Happiness of the world through art.
Over the years, we've witnessed how making art, or just being in an artistic environment has helped so many people to have a moment to just breathe, to relax, to just be a gal, or a guy and find a few moments of peace, all while having fun while doing it.
We’ve added more classes and more opportunities this year for you to explore art and to create, something magnificent, something original, something for you - by you!
This journey began in 2009 when we opened our doors in the Entergy Innovation Center. Six months later, the gallery moved to the New Orleans Arts District at 604 Julia St. During our first year and a half we only showed and sold art. We had different art shows each month featuring local and regional artists. Soon after, we added our Painting Party classes and they exploded. We also added a Saturday Morning Kids Art Class. As business grew, we knew we needed more space to truly offer our painting classes to larger groups. Almost four years after opening our doors on Julia St., we moved to our current location at 1938 Burgundy located in the very heart of the Marigny neighborhood.
We’ve been here almost a year and a half now and its been Great!!!! This new location has allowed us to really stretch out and explore so many new creative options. The most exciting part of it is experimenting and coming up with new things to share. We’re five years in now and we're still going!
Hi, I’m Myesha and I’m the owner of M. Francis Gallery and Studios. I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA circa 1970 something. I’ve always been a crafty girl from a young age. I began my first crafty venture in junior high school with my hand-painted wooden name barrettes that I sold to my friends. I would burn the midnight oil on the weekends making sure I had every order completed. I could do it for hours and hours at a time. Then, in high school, I began designing nails which was my life. I loved everything about it. When I graduated from high school, I went straight to Fashion Design School. Haaa haa haaa. Although I really wanted it, that route didn’t last too long and so I found myself back in New Orleans soul- searching. When I left again, I left on a mission. I wanted to know for sure why I was on this earth and what I needed to do. A few months after arriving in Dallas, TX again, I found myself listening to a preacher talk about finding your purpose/ calling in life. I had never heard anything like it. I was in awe as I realized that what I wanted was what the creator wanted for me to. As I sat there, I heard a voice say to me “you are painting on six inch nails and I have six foot canvases waiting for you.” I enrolled in art school the very next semester. From that moment on, over 14 years ago, whenever someone asked me what I did, no matter, what odd-job I may have been doing at the time, my only response was "I am an artist!"
B.A. – Art History/ Studio Art – University of Texas - Arlington
M.A. – Museum Studies – Southern University at New Orleans
Art Expertise – Study Abroad program- Lorenzo de Medici: The Art Institute of Florence, Italy
Phd – in progress (I'm claiming it)
(When I finally get in, I'm going to write about how Art Making Contributes to the Gross National Happiness of the world.