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A Visit to Studio Be

If you’ve watched my Instagram stories you know I was just in New Orleans and it was amazing (if you don’t already follow me you can do so here!).  Bidding the summer farewell in NOLA was a great decision and I managed to cram in a ton of sights, eats and fun while looking like a literal hot mess in every photo (shout outs to the heat index and humidity).

Studio Be was on my list for NOLA in the “must see” category (more on this soon!).  Truth be told I flew in, took the shuttle to my hotel in the French Quarter, checked in and immediately took an Uber to Bywater to check it out.  I won’t lie: I did stop for tacos and a cocktail first (thanks, Paloma Café!) but walked to Studio Be right after.

The 35,000 square foot warehouse is impossible to miss and impressive when you enter.  The artist Brandon “B-mike” Odums is the brain behind this solo project which covers a lot of social and political ground.  The history, heroes and everyday people of New Orleans are at the forefront of this impressive art installation and it’s not to be missed.

Studio Be is located in the Marigny/Bywater neighborhood at 2941 Royal Street. Check out their website for the most up to date info and if you want to follow on Instagram you can check out B-mike and Studio Be.

I’ll be posting more info on New Orleans in the coming week or two – dining, drinking, itineraries and more!  Have you been recently?  I’d love to know how your trip went!

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  1. Nipa

    September 17, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I used to go to NO when my sister lived there, but never saw anything like this! I always loved having coffee and beignets and watching the cruise boats go by! xo Nipa @fashionipa

  2. roxy

    September 18, 2019 at 7:18 am

    This looks amazing!!! What a fun space. I love seeing modern and experimental art pieces. Next time we’re in New Orleans I’m totally checking this out!!

    1. Morgan

      September 18, 2019 at 10:16 am

      I would absolutely recommend it! And two blocks away Paloma Cafe is a great stop for lunch or happy hour 🙂

  3. Marette

    September 18, 2019 at 10:28 am

    WOW, this is amazing. Such a fun place to visit.

  4. aisasami

    September 18, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Wow, this looks amazing with tons of art everyhwere. I have to show this to my sister and encourage her to go as she is an art major.

  5. Molly

    September 18, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! It’s been years since I’ve visited NOLA, but I’m definitely interested in going again. I’ll have to add this to my list of places to check out!

  6. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    September 18, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    The messages are really thought provoking. I love the art pieces. It imparts so many meanings that we can relate to our daily lives. I would make sure I visit Studio Be if I get to be in New Orleans.

  7. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say

    September 19, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I’ve been wanting to go to NOLA for sometime now. I’m curious about the scene, and I’m interested about the food! This place is interesting. There is a similar “art musuem” here in the Philippines but Studio Be is DARK whereas Pinto Art Musuem as an outdoorsy feel.

    1. Morgan

      September 19, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      I can tell you that the food is amazing in NOLA! I think that the darkness of the warehouse definitely is by design, especially considering some of the social and political messages in the art (including Hurricane Katrina). I’ll have to check out Pinto Art Museum when I finally get to the Philippines!


    September 19, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Wow, this sounds like a great place for art lovers to go visit. There must be loads to see with the size of the building.

    1. Morgan

      September 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      There was so much to see! It was a really interesting gallery setup and I enjoyed it.

  9. Joan

    September 19, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Love the art and how colourful and beautiful they are. I would love to visit it one day.

  10. Kathy

    September 19, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I have been to New Orleans several times. Every time I find something different, which is always a treat. Love City Park and just taking the short ferry to Metari is so relaxing. Great place.

  11. Michele Dennis

    September 19, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Amazing artwork!! I’m hoping to go to New Orleans in the next year or two. I hope to be able to visit this Studio Be during my visit. I would love to see this work in person!!

  12. Stephanie

    September 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

    This sounds like exactly the kind of thing my husband and I would try to see in a new city. We’re always looking for the unique artwork! I hope to visit NOLA at some point, so it’s good to know this spot is a must-see!

  13. Becky

    September 20, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Wow, this is so cool! I had no idea there was something like this in NOLA. I’ve never been but I want to get there because it seems like such an interesting city.

  14. ewuzie kingsley

    September 20, 2019 at 11:27 am

    What an amazing and eye catching art work. Am a lover of art and there is no way i can miss this if i ever find my way to New Orleans.
    This is so very impressive, kudos to B-mike. look forward to reading more about your time in New Orleans.

  15. Rachel

    September 20, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve been to NOLA a few times and never even considered going here! Maybe I’ll check it out next time! =)

  16. Lush Fab Glam

    September 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Oh wow these are beautiful, love how art tells stories and can reflects our history, turmoils, fears, hope and emotions.

    XO, MJ

  17. Jerrieal Small

    September 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    This art looks amazing this is a nice area to visit. Everything looks so good, I wish I could draw half as good as this!

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