Shirley Rabe Masinter
My Art works continue to focus on New Orleans, as it reflects our steamy southern environment and the people who live here. I love the literal “signs” of New Orleans. It can be contemporary neon lighting against a peeling building surface; or perhaps its bright graphic displays that are aging but continue to delights the eye; and often its professional or ingenious “folk” lettering advertising a grocery, bar, beauty parlor, or business. All tells of who we are, and where we live. My paintings and drawings are suffused with childhood memories, religious imagery, and the age-old, yet evolving culture of our city.
Began my study of art around 1950-1951 at the Rabouin School of Commercial Art and Advertising. In 1951 and 1952 I studied art with John McCrady. McCrady is considered to be one of the most important W.P.A. American artists working in New Orleans in the 1930’s and 40’s. During the following years, I worked in commercial art and advertising field. I was employed as Advertising Production Chief in the advertising department of D. H Holmes. I was able to use earnings from my commercial art and advertising to pay for my school tuition and also pay for the private school tuition of my four children. I have not involved myself with any commercial art endeavors since that time. In the fall of 1966 I returned to college in order to pursue the study of fine arts. I completed a BA from Newcomb College in 1973 and a MA from Tulane in Art History in 1989.