NoLA Rising in Algiers

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crescent City Living LLC Licensed LA RE Commission

Working in the service industry (a euphemism for bartender), my oldest daughter always has some of the most interesting friends that I have ever met.  They are amazing young people from all walks of life that happen to have met up in the same place at the same time and struck up friendships that went beyond last call.

A couple of weeks ago, she was telling me about her friend, Mike, who is a local artist.  This piqued my interest, since I am a HUGE fan of not only shopping locally, but supporting local artists as well.  The most unique art in my home has come from right here in the New Orleans area and those few pieces mean more to me than all of the rest put together.  There is a heart and soul to our local artists and their work that surpasses the average.  They travel off the beaten path, flout the conventions and defy expectations.  They celebrate the uniqueness not just of our city and region, but of themselves as well. 

Anyway, back to Mike...  My daughter explained to me that she wanted to purchase one of his works for me as a Christmas gift, but could not afford it.  No mother wants her kids to spend their hard earned money on her anyway, so I brushed it off, telling her how much I appreciated her thinking of me when she saw it and even remembering how much I like stuff like that.  So, imagine my surprise when she showed up on Christmas Eve, with a small, freshly painted NoLA Rising piece for my collection! 

Here is what makes the story so quintessentially New Orleans...  She received a phone call last week from her friend, artist Michael Dingler, telling her to stop by his house the next day.  He instructed her to check under his front steps for a gift.  When she questioned him, he told her it was "something for your Momma".   I had NEVER met Mike....but he knew that his friend's momma was interested in what he does, and went out of his way to make sure that I had a present from my daughter that reflected that. 

This is a young man that is trying to raise awareness for the arts in our city, encouraging the public display of art and attempting to start a non-profit organization to supply art to families that have rebuilt their homes post Katrina.  He wants to provide original artwork to the new home owners in the Musician's Village and to the eventual owners of homes being built as part of Brad Pitt's project, Make It Right

When some naysayer wants to know why we stay, why we choose to rebuild our city, why we won't abandon hundreds of years of history, I only have to look at one small piece of art...

NOLA Rising 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and I know why.

p.s.  I was able to meet Mike personally this past week, and he attended our Carnival Ball last night.  What a charming, articulate, passionate person...a wonderful representative of all that is right with the world.  Please visit his blog or his website, and take advantage of the opportunity to own your own unique piece of NoLA Rising.

Thanks again, Mike!  All the best,

Leslie's momma

Michael Dingler and Lisa Heindel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
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Elaine, he is a great guy!  If only everyone could see the light in his eyes when he talks about the non-profit project, they would run out and buy a piece just to help him fund those efforts.
Dec 30, 2007 02:58 PM #2
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Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Ahhh....I love this story and I completely get why you stay.  I'll check out the site.

Dec 30, 2007 03:06 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Amanda, it's my home.  Where else would I go?
Dec 30, 2007 03:15 PM #4
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Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Exactly!  (But if you ever had to go somewhere, you can always come to Texas.) 

 

 

Dec 30, 2007 03:25 PM #5
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Amanda, now there is an invitation I may have to take you up on one day.  I've never been to Fort Worth!

Dec 30, 2007 03:28 PM #6
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Amanda Evans
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You're in luck then because I know where he cool places are to hang out.
Dec 30, 2007 03:36 PM #7
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Jessica Horton Jessica Horton Realty
Jessica Horton - Jessica Horton & Associates - Griffin, GA
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Lisa:

Just over a year ago, I was in New Orleans as a guest speaker at NAR.  I fell inlove with your city and the people living there.  I have never before seen such pride, courage and determination in my life.

This one street performer really touched my heart with how good he could sing.  I hope to see him on American Idol one day. 

I admire the way you support your city and the talent in it.  Good for you and I cheer you on!
Dec 30, 2007 04:12 PM #8
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Hi Lisa and Amanda:  Did I see someone mention Fort Worth?  I hear it is such a great place to live, and a great place to be a Realtor, too.  Such nice people here.  And the home prices make this great city very affordable.

Lisa, what a great story you tell.  It sounds like your daughter can be a great source of post material for you if your posting brain ever runs dry for a few minutes.  Thanks for sharing both the story and the painting with us.  Have a Great New Year !  By the way, I think the lack of attention our current "administration" has paid to rebuilding New Orleans is a national tragedy.  They should be ashamed.

Dec 30, 2007 05:17 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Amanda, you are officially elected as tour guide :)

Jessica, we tend to be close knit here.  I always joke that the 6 degrees of separation are actually about 2 in NOLA, and I don't think that's a bad thing.  I love my city and always will.

Karen Anne, you are now the co-tour guide when I get to Fort Worth!  We won't even go into the government's "help" for the entire region, not just New Orleans.

Andrew, take the time to visit the NoLA Rising website.  There is a great video where Mike explains what they are doing and how people are reacting to it.  Music and art is an integral part of the culture here and I support them whenever I get the chance, as should everyone in their own areas.

Dec 31, 2007 01:52 AM #10
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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Lisa, What a wonderful thing for someone to do--some of the kindness of people we don't even know has always astounded me! And thanks for pointing out his artwork, I love art too as you know and will definitely go to his website. Have a blessed New Year!
Dec 31, 2007 02:34 AM #11
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
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Carole, that is what I love about this city.  From friend to friend, you often don't know the person who is providing a gift to you.  He cared enough about my daughter as his friend to make her happy by making me happy.  I think that speaks volumes for who he is as a person.  Happy New Year to you and your family as well!
Dec 31, 2007 03:10 AM #12
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Inna Hardison
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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing that! Truly a great guy, and the art is awesome. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you live in the wrong place - it couldn't possibly be any righter for you... You are making me so jealous, with the burbs i am in... Darn!
:-)
Hug your kiddo, she is a good soul.
Dec 31, 2007 10:44 AM #13
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
LISA:  This really touches my heart. What a sweet gesture! Your daugher seems like a very special person...but then again...I would expect no less coming from your loins. I'm going to check out Mike's stuff. Being an artist, I'm always interested in young talent. HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY FRIEND!!! GBU!!!
Dec 31, 2007 12:01 PM #14
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Inna, thanks for those kind words!  You know that you are welcome here anytime :)

Elizabeth, she is not only special, she is fabulous (and so is Mike).  Happy New Year to you and your family.  I hope that 2008 is an incredible year for you all.

Dec 31, 2007 04:45 PM #15
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Hi Lisa - This is exactly what I think of when I picture the artists and musicians of New Orleans. Their work has such integrity, drawn from their life experiences and culture, and produced simply for the pleasure it brings to others. I'm hoping to hear many more encouraging stories like this one from NOLA in 2008. Best wishes for a prosperous new year!
Dec 31, 2007 05:07 PM #16
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

John, have you been here before, because you get it!  They are just trying to bring art to everyone.  There was a terrific comment on Mike's blog from someone who was having a bad day at work, stepped outside and saw one of his pieces on a pole...she shared with him how he brought a smile to her face and helped turn a bad day into a not so bad one.  Who wouldn't aspire to something like that? 

Thanks for your New Year's wishes!  The same to you and yours.

Jan 01, 2008 03:52 AM #17
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Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Hi Lisa,  Thanks for sharing with us.  I looked at Mike's website and blog.  Will go back and read it more closely later.  Of course, when you mentioned that he's a NOLA artist I had to check him out.  I love art -- especially Louisiana art!!!  :)

Of course, his last name caught my eye, I grew up with Dingler's in Lake Charles.  At first, I thought maybe he was from that family...

Jan 01, 2008 01:16 PM #18
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Judi, thanks for checking it out!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE local art and artists.  I truly believe we should all support the arts in our own communities, so if this gets him a little more attention, I think that's a great thing!
Jan 01, 2008 01:38 PM #19
Rainmaker
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M A
Boston, MA

Lisa,

Reading your post brings back some good memories of living in NO.  I loved the local artists and can't wait to get back down there to visit again.  Mike sounds like a great guy.

Jan 02, 2008 02:47 AM #20
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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Martin, he is a great guy and a wonderful ambassador for our city!  Come on down anytime...
Jan 02, 2008 02:54 AM #21
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