About Myesha Francis
Myesha Francis is an accomplished artist, teacher, curator and successful arts entrepreneur with work in important public and private collections including The Smithsonian -National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Myesha holds a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art and an M.A. in Museum Studies and has also studied art expertise abroad in Florence, Italy at Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute and surveyed a range of visual artists in Cameroon, West Africa.
Myesha has personally taught and inspired thousands of children and adults in painting and multi-media arts classes through the creation of her paint and sip component of her business (Passion 2 Paint) and her kids art program (Kids Ka Doodle.) Myesha has received numerous awards in arts entrepreneurship and organizational excellence from organizations such as Essence Music Fest, Sundial (Shea Moisture), Asante Awards (New Orleans) and The St. Louis Museum of Art as a Romare Bearden Fellow.
The work I create is a visual representation of my personal spiritual journey across space and time. Whether it is an abstract painting reflecting my connection with "love and light" or a jazz piece expressing my wild, spontaneous nature, all of my work is about my constant quest to align and live fully in the flow of the one true essence.
Through studying various religions, cultures and people, my summation of life and spirituality is simple - There is only One God and God is Love. My work and my life is thus an expression of the realization of that love and connection with what I like to call "The Soul of the Universe."
As I continue to grow as an artist, pure abstraction has entered my body of work as visual interpretations of my experiences of actually living and experiencing what it truly means to be aligned to one's purpose, free and the Soul of the Universe.
“It is mostly in the posture of surrender that I find myself coming alive. I become more present, more engaged, more aware and in the flow of life. It is in this space where I express myself best creatively and become one- Wild with the waves! Whether I am painting jazz, abstraction, or figurative beings of light, my work is just a continuous and ever evolving expression of my inner most passions and relationship with the divine as I live in the flow.“
She Believed She Could - So She Did
About M. Francis Gallery
M. Francis Gallery first opened its doors in 2009 at the Entergy Innovation Center located in the Upper 9th ward. Just six months later, the gallery moved to 604 Julia Street in the heart of the Arts District of New Orleans, becoming the 2nd and only African American owned art gallery in the Warehouse District. At this location, owner Myesha Francis curated monthly art exhibitions featuring several new, emerging and established artists. Within two years, the gallery transformed to become a studio space as well offering paint and sip parties ( a novelty service at the time) Over the course of four and a half years at this location, business grew so much, that it was forced to find a larger, more suitable location to host its growing art shows and painting parties.
In 2014, the gallery moved to 1938 Burgundy St. where it continued to grow and prosper until a sale of the building forced the business to move again.
Two years later, the gallery moved to O.C. Haley Blvd. where it lived for just six months. After a failed attempt at purchasing the building on O.C. Haley, the gallery closed its doors and continued to offer mobile sip and paint parties and pop up art shows.
Ooooh But God...
In 2018, owner and artist Myesha Francis purchased a home on Orleans Ave. ( a busy main street in the heart of New Orleans, LA) where M. Francis Gallery and Studios re-opened in its current and permanent location located at 2007 Orleans Avenue in August of 2018 where it continues to exist and thrive.
604 Julia St.
My mission as an artist is to spread messages of love, light, self love, abundance and hope as well as to help as many artists along the way as I can"