2018 Official Festival International de Louisiane Visual Artist
Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce Mollie Wallace as the Official 2018 Visual Artist. Wallace has lived in New Orleans for over 13 years and has created a vibrant representation of the 32nd annual Festival International de Louisiane, presented by LUS Fiber.
Mollie Wallace was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. According to her mother, she started drawing the minute she could pick up a pencil. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Pratt Art Institute Brooklyn, NYC, with a major in Illustration-Communication Design in 2004. She moved to New Orleans shortly after and began working at a local bar, Erin Rose in the French Quarter. She soon began designing and painting bar signs and multiple murals for the bar.
“Wallace is a hidden gem,” says Tom Brown, Festival International’s Board President. “Her work is edgy and fresh, yet professional.” Wallace’s design will serve as the inspiration for the official Festival poster and cloisonné pin.
“So many of my close friends in New Orleans are tied to this festival,” says Wallace. “It is such an honor to be able to represent Festival International’s spirit through my artwork.”
Stiltwalker Strut will be on display at the fourth annual, La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank, a ticketed fundraising event on November 2nd at Warehouse 535 and will be up for silent auction. Her paintings are characterized by bright, striking colors and intricate details.
Wallace met her husband Bobby In 2006, and they were married in 2012. They welcomed a son, Beau, in 2013. Mollie continues to create paintings, posters, signs, portraits, and murals for her clients and still bartends once a week. She and her family live in the 7th Ward in New Orleans.
Wallace has painted commissioned work for various businesses throughout the country including Erin Rose, Killer Poboys, Elizabeth’s Restaurant and Pelican Poboys Foodtruck. Her work can be seen on https://www.facebook.com/MollieWallaceArt/.