Call to Artists for “Unfamiliar Vegetables”


Unfamiliar Vegetables Exhibition at Kolaj Fest New Orleans

At Kolaj Fest New Orleans, the Mystic Krewe of Scissors and Glue invite registered participants to contribute a collage to an exhibition at Artisan Bar & Cafe, the home of the festival’s collage making space. The exhibition will run the month of July with additional work being added during Kolaj Fest New Orleans.

The Krewe is taking a page from the book, Collage by Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator, where artists are invited to create a collage around a singular image. Krewe members have selected Familiar Vegetables by Carlotta Bonnecaze.

Familiar Vegetables was part of a float design for the 1892 Krewe of Proteus parade, “A Dream of a Vegetable Kingdom”. It was designed by Carlotta Bonnecaze, a Creole woman and the first woman to design a parade and ball. (Learn more about this fascinating artist HERE.)

The collages on view will not be for sale. After Kolaj Fest New Orleans, the collages will be scanned and turned into a book published by Maison Kasini, the publishers of Kolaj Magazine. Artists who attach their name, email, mailing address to the back of their work will receive two copies of the book. The collages will become part of Kolaj Magazine’s collection until they are donated to an appropriate institution.

How to Participate Before Kolaj Fest New Orleans

Register for Kolaj Fest New Orleans and make plans to attend. Details HERE.

Download a printable, high-res version of Familiar Vegetables from HERE.

Make a collage no larger than 8.5″x11″. Do not frame your collage. All work sent should be unframed.

Mail your collage to:

Kolaj Fest New Orleans
c/o Hope Amico
PO Box 221
Arabi, Louisiana 70032

Note: Please write or attach your name, email, and mailing address to the back of your collage.

Deadline: Collages should be received by June 27th. Please plan your mailing accordingly. We suggest you put your collage in the mail by June 17th to ensure that it arrives in time.

Questions? Please email the Krewe at

How to Participate At Kolaj Fest New Orleans

The image will also be included in the Registration Packet participants receive when they check-in to Kolaj Fest. Printed versions of Familiar Vegetables will be available in the collage making space. During Kolaj Fest, you may complete a collage and add it to the exhibition. Please be sure to write or attach your name, email, and mailing address to the back of your collage.

About the Krewe

Christopher Kurts and Hope Amico met at Kolaj Fest in July 2018 and wanted to connect with other artists working in New Orleans. They formed the New Orleans Collage Meet-up, also known as the Mystic Krewe of Scissors and Glue, as a loose collection of collagists who meet once a month to work collaboratively and independently in the same space for a few hours. Attendance varies due to obligations, weather, and so on, but Savanna Meekins, Nathan Sutter, Jady Domingue, Jill Stoll and Maria Degtiarenko are frequent participants. The group meets at Artisan Bar & Cafe on St. Claude in the Bywater, which is also the home of Kolaj Fest’s collage making space. They meet in the middle of the month, generally on a Wednesday evening and share their output on Instagram @neworleanscollage.