ARTIST RECEPTION “Big Al + Little Al: The Taplet Twins” at Koelsch Gallery

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ARTIST RECEPTION “Big Al + Little Al: The Taplet Twins” at Koelsch Gallery

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

ON VIEW FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 16, 2024: “Big Al + Little Al: The Taplet Twins” at Koelsch Gallery is a showcase dedicated to the life and legacy of twin brothers Alfred “Big Al” and Alvin “Little Al” Taplet.

Known for their infectious spirit and uncanny ability to find delight in the simple things, their journey tells a story of unconditional love through hardship, hurricanes, and even death.

Celebrate two shoe-shiners-turned-folk-artists as Koelsch Gallery recreates their folk art gallery and shoeshine business that once existed in Jackson Square, New Orleans. Bring a pair of dirty shoes to get your shoes shined!

Big Al Taplet began shining shoes as a boy, growing up in New Orleans. “Shines with a smile” is his catchphrase and that’s just what you get. Inspired by an enduring love for his vocation, Big Al began applying paint to slabs of slate and pieces of metal, creating signs to hang near his Jackson Square stand to advertise his shoeshine business. His bold and colorful paintings began to attract folk art collectors from around the world and a new career was born.

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Date:
February 22
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://koelschgallery.com/artist/alfred-taplet/

Venue

Koelsch Gallery
1020 Peden St.
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Phone
(713) 862-5744
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