On April 20th I arrived in New Orleans at the home of Clint and Lee Kyle, I did not know them, they are friends of friends and they generously agreed to host me. I so enjoyed getting to know them and their menagerie including two beautiful roosters (warning to those wearing red nail polish), a brood of chickens, and a number of cats that varies as to whether you ask Clint or Lee Kyle how many they have. Those that know me know that I love the furs and this visit I made friends with Bronco Kitty, he slept curled in the crook of my leg every night, so nice.
Apparently when the boys bought their place it was in pretty bad shape, they have been steadily making progress toward their dream home. What is clear by the state of their garden, their hard work and determination and having seen the pictures of where they started and ones posted since I’ve left, their home is going to be something to behold when it is finished. These boys were so gracious and welcoming, they gave me use of a bicycle (highly recommended for transport in New Orleans). They introduced me to friends, and cultural institutions like the “All Star Covered Dish Country Jamboree” at the AllWays Lounge (and told of a pizza speakeasy, which I will be partaking of next time). They fed me doughnuts and eggs and plenty of eye and ear candy. As Clint was busy with work, events and travel, I spent quite a bit more time with Lee Kyle. Lee Kyle is a talented textile artist (demonstrated by the quilt of the state capital, photo below), he also makes block print cards, is an excellent guide to the crescent city, and performs as a drag queen named Splendora Gabor. I got to spend a little time with Splendora as well. I am so grateful to my friends, Courtney and Lora, for the introduction to these fine southern gentlemen.
This was only the first week of 3 that I was in NOLA. stay tuned.
Clint and Lee Kyle’s home and menagerie
At the Contemporary Arts Center
Lee Kyle into Splendora Gabor
at the Big Top Gallery with Splendora as emcee.
the home of Joy and Matt
From the All Star Covered Dish Country Jamoree at the AllWays Lounge.
And one more of my pal Bronco on that fantastic quilt.