Lorraine Gendron, Louisiana Folk Artist
From spirited “Watermelon Angels” to “Second Line” jazz players, the colorful traditions and rituals of Louisiana inspire multimedia artist Lorraine Gendron. While it was her Mississippi Mud dolls that brought Gendron to national attention in the 1980’s, recently she has concentrated on creating painted wood cutouts and acrylic on wood paintings.
Gendron’s work has been shown in many prestigious venues and is included in museums of fine art across the South, as well as in:
• The 1984 World’s Fair
• The McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina
• The Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock
• The Art Museum of The University of Memphis
• The American Folk Life Shop in the Library of Congress
• The New York Museum of Folk Art.
Gendron’s Cajun nativity scenes, complete with alligators, armadillos, and baby Jesus nestled in a pirogue, are part of several collections included in museums in Marion, Ohio and Arles, France. Her large mud sculpture grouping, “Preservation Hall Jazz Band,” is part of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not collection. These and many other awards and recognitions have made Lorraine’s work a treasure to Cajun culture.
Lorraine has lived in Hahnville almost all of here life. She has 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. She lives with her Cajun husband of over 50 years and their dog Deuce. She and her husband still go to art shows each weekend. They both love Louisiana culture, as is clearly shown through her art.