The top 5 art galleries for a special occasion in New Orleans

The top 5 art galleries for a special occasion in New Orleans
A Gallery For Fine Photography. | Photo: Edward H./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on January 21, 2020.

Looking to try the top art galleries around?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end art galleries in New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to browse fine art.

1. Craig Tracy Fine Art Bodypainting Gallery

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Topping the list is Craig Tracy Fine Art Bodypainting Gallery. Located at 827 Royal St. in the French Quarter, the art gallery is the highest-rated high-end art gallery in New Orleans, boasting 4.5 stars out of 29 reviews on Yelp. 

Yelper Bryan C. wrote, "Craig is an incredibly talented artist. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Craig and see his studio and gallery. I was amazed to learn how supportive [he is] of his fellow artists and creatives."

And Asia A. noted, "How breathtaking is the art here! I was so pleased with the pieces on display, and the friendliness of the staff. When in New Orleans, you definitely want to stop in!"

2. M.S. Rau

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Next up is the French Quarter's M.S. Rau, situated at 622 Royal St. With 4.5 stars out of 28 reviews on Yelp, the art gallery and jewelry spot, serving antiques and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge.

If you're looking for more, we found these details about M.S. Rau.

"Max Rau opened the doors to a small antiques store in 1912, making a commitment to provide only the finest quality and unsurpassed service," the business states in the history section of its Yelp profile. 

Want to know more?

"Considered one of the world's foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century fine art, William Rau is President, CEO and third-generation owner of M.S.," the business states on Yelp, this time in the bio section of its profile. 

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "For 100 years, M.S. Rau Antiques has been a French Quarter landmark, offering world-class collections of fine art, antiques and jewelry. Our selection is extensive and spans almost all categories of fine antiques, art and jewelry."

3. Dutch Alley Artist's Co-op

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The French Quarter's Dutch Alley Artist's Co-op, located at 912 N. Peters St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy art gallery 4.5 stars out of 29 reviews. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Dutch Alley Artist's Co-op.

"Founded in 2003 by artist Ric Rolston, our co-op is managed and operated by the members themselves," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "Our artists embrace the traditions, culture and heritage of N.O. , interpreting them in their own specific medium."

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items:  "Our artist members create works in paintings, printmaking, collage, mixed media, blown glass, fused glass, jewelry, turned wood, clay, pottery, fiber, leather bags, hats, silks, and prints."

4. Kako Gallery

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Kako Gallery, an art gallery in the French Quarter, is another much-loved, pricey go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 14 Yelp reviews. Head over to 536 Royal St. to see for yourself.

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Kako Gallery.

Kako Gallery "can help you find beautiful, fun and unique art that is right for your home or business office or maybe just a gift for that special person or family member," the business says on Yelp, in the bio section of its profile.

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "Original art and prints from local artists," it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

5. A Gallery For Fine Photography

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Over in the French Quarter, check out A Gallery For Fine Photography, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 15 reviews on Yelp. Treat yourself at the art gallery by heading over to 241 Chartres St.

As to what the business is known for, "Founded at a time when photography was only beginning to secure a foothold both in museum collections and in the art market at large, A Gallery for Fine Photography is a living landmark in the history of photography," it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "Located in the Historic New Orleans French Quarter, A Gallery opened its doors in 1973, a world away from the cornerstones of the global contemporary art scene. Thanks to the staunchly independent vision of its founder, Joshua Mann Pailet, A Gallery has remained a haven for photography, from the earliest photographs to contemporary pieces."

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