Artist Journey Allen
Originator of the NOLA Night Light, visual artist Journey Allen is a native New Orleanian currently living and working in the city's historic 7th Ward Community. Recognized by her use of vibrant colors, Artist Journey Allen creates works that capture the celebratory aspects of New Orleans culture that are indigenous to the lineage of its historically African American communities. With her signature design of an abstract interpretation of hand woven African fabric acting as the backdrop to many of her works, the artist strives to pay homage to her ancestors while also creating a sense of movement, rhythm and joy within each piece. Defying the odds once presented by an art instructor who told the aspiring artist that she was “practically unteachable” and “could never learn to paint well enough to become a professional artist,” Journey went on to receive a BA in Fine Arts from Texas Southern University, now owns a gallery-painting studio after her namesake, and is also an arts educator in both formal and community based settings.
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