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Sip and Socialize Hobnobber Event, 2015

Held at Degas House and Sponsored by New Orleans Magazine

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If you missed the "Sip and Socialize Hobnobber Event", you missed one of the best events ever held at Degas House! Sip and Socialize on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, sponsored by New Orleans Magazine, was a tremendous success. Several hundred people attended the event. There were various activities, music and things to see all over Degas House and in the courtyard. Degas House was exquisitely decorated inside and out by Nola Event Planners.

  • Ballerina with Hor d

The evening began with guests “hobnobbing” as they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuves. The hors d’oeuvres were passed around by ballerinas in recognition of Edgar Degas’ many ballerina paintings. The ballerinas were from Leila Haller Ballet Classique.

A ceremony was held featuring the unveiling of a New Historic Marker commemorating the role of New Orleans and specifically, Degas House, as the turning point in Edgar Degas’ career, directly leading to the Impressionist Movement of 1874 and beyond. 

  • Ceremony
  • David Villarrubia

The importance of the marker, as explained by David Villarrubia, Director/Founder of Degas House, is that Edgar Degas was a co-founder in the Impressionist Movement, who resided in this home from 1872-1873 with his maternal Creole Family. The French Impressionist Master was profoundly influenced by New Orleans, which ultimately led to the painter’s unique style and technique, as he described himself, “Less complicated and more spontaneous, Better Art”. (Edgar Degas, February 18th, 1873 New Orleans)

Mr. Villarrubia gave a brief history of Degas House. Dana Lafonta from the Department of Cultural Development and Councilman Jared Brossett also said a few words. Grégor Trumel, the Consul General of France, praised the work David Villarrubia and his staff have done at Degas House, and then he unveiled the new marker. Cousul General's Cultural Attaché, Beatrice Germain, also attended. 

  • Consulate General of France
  • Unveiling Sign
  • Counsulate General unveiling sign
  • Historical Marker
  • Edgar Degas Impersonator

With newly discovered artwork in the Degas House archive, now relocated to the updated, more authentic studio and bedroom that Degas occupied during his 1872 visit, guests were treated to an authentic experience. The Artist in Residence program at the Degas House included artist/actor Carl Stevens in the role of Degas, working in the actual bedroom and studio of the artist for the month of March. Carl was a true asset to the Degas House at the event and brought a true sense of how the studio would have functioned during Degas' five-month sojourn to New Orleans in 1872-1873.

Music was scattered throughout the house and courtyard, provided by Danele, guitarist from Italy; Harry Mayronne, pianist; Steven Amaro, clarinetist, and Lisa Picone Love and Anais St. John were cabaret singers. Countdown Sound provided DJ service for guests to dance and beautiful up-lighting in the courtyard.

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  • Courtyard - Phil with Countdown Sound

We thank the vendors who helped to make the event a success:

  • Vendors
  • Courtyard
  • Buffet Line

Event Rentals
FroYo (frozen yogurt)
Poppy and Mint (florals)
John-Michael Photographer
Short Stop Po-Boys
Whole Foods
One Smart Cookie
Bittersweet Confections
The Half Shell
Acme Oyster House
Southern Eagle
Cook Me Somethin’ Mister

  • Group Photo

In the photo, from left to right:

Beatrice Germain, Consel General's Cultural Attaché

Dana Lafonta from the Louisiana Department of Cultural Development

Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France

Jonie Prados, Great-Grandneice of Edgar Degas; Tour Guide for the Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

Margo Armstrong, Great-Grandneice of Edgar Degas

Micey Moyer, Great-Grandneice of Edgar Degas; Tour Guide for the Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

David Villarrubia, Director/Founder of Degas House

Lala Canel Herrera Stone, Art Historian and Curator for the Degas House Museum

Jared Brossett, New Orleans City Councilman

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  • Councilman Jared Brossett-JMP
  • Unveiling1-JMP
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Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70119, United States
Call: (504) 821-5009
(504) 821-0870 fax


Degas House

A New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, Degas House is home to the French Impressionist Master, Edgar Degas, and is a masterpiece of history and hospitality.