Posselt photos of Crescent City showing in Lake Charles

The 1911 City Hall Arts and Cultural Center of Lake Charles, LA will be showing a collection of photos by NOPA member Rita Posselt, beginning this Friday, Jan. 13. The exhibit, “Open Shutters on the Big Easy,” will run through March 15.

An opening reception for “Open Shutters …” will be held at the center on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The collection of photos from Posselt includes images of the French Quarter and Mardi Gras, as well jazz funerals, musicians and celebrations. “New Orleans culture,” the photographer said, “is like none other on earth. I work to capture the spirit of the people who laugh in the face of adversity, and celebrate at the drop of a hat.”

Posselt, a native of Marinette, Wis., moved to New Orleans in 1972. She lived in the French Quarter for 33 years, and operated the Posselt-Baker Gallery there from 1984 to 1990. Posselt served as an archive photographer for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation in 2008.

The center is located at 1001 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. It is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit the City of Lake Charles website.