“Parasols on Parade” will be the public’s chance to get an early look at these one-of-a-kind treasures handcrafted by Themis Titanesses with love, spectacular creativity and endless amounts of glitter.
The more than 50 exhibit pieces are part of a larger collection of bedazzled umbrellas to be thrown to lucky revelers at the Krewe’s ride, with the Krewe of Freret, on February 11.
Highlighting a variety of materials used, the umbrellas on display will honor national legends and local institutions. Themis sisters have transformed umbrellas into New Orleans streetlights, crawfish boils, second lines, champagne parties and even Mardi Gras season’s iconic beaded trees.
Artist and Themis member Dr. Mary Delahoussaye pours her love of the city into her umbrella artistry. She says, “The umbrella is a perfect canvas to display iconic Mardi Gras images and to celebrate New Orleans culture. The level of creativity and variety of design influences from this diverse group of talented women is unmatched — there will be something for everyone from the Krewe of Themis!”
Themis chose umbrellas as the new Krewe’s signature throw for their significant representation of carnival season and New Orleans culture. Symbolizing protection, power, femininity, fashion, prestige, prosperity and more, these special parasols are in line with the Krewe’s overall spirit and mission.
The Krewe looks forward to introducing the public to what will become another sought after prize at parades, similar to Muses shoes and Zulu coconuts.
Stella Jones Gallery, which has for nearly three decades showcased artists of the African diaspora and recently garnered recognition from Beyoncé, has ties to the Krewe as the owner’s daughter is a Titaness.
What: “Parasols on Parade” brought to you from the Krewe of Themis
Where: Stella Jones Gallery, in the heart of the New Orleans Central Business District at Place St. Charles, 201 St Charles Ave #132, New Orleans, LA 70170
When: Friday, January 27, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Krewe of Themis Mission: The Krewe of Themis promotes and fosters social justice in the New Orleans Metropolitan area communities and beyond. We are a group of diverse women, uniting to cultivate positivity and inclusion in our community throughout the year. We believe that feminism is strongest when women of all races and sexual orientations work together for the greater good.