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etter known to over 35O million people worldwide as the despicable lawyer Michael Baldwin on The Young and the Restless , or as Kirk McColl from As The World Turns , Christian Jules LeBlanc is a native of Louisiana and quite an accomplished artist. Illustrations that began as gifts for his young nephews quickly dovetailed nicely with his acting career. The producers of the play Ladies in Retirement, the premier theatrical production of the Coconut Grove Theater's 4Oth, anniversary season, offered him a commission to transmogrify the human characters of the play into the animal characters LeBlanc had been developing for children's books. The drawings followed the course of the old Victorian whodunit, incorporating the clues of the murder mystery along the way. Christian followed up this success by entering his first art show. He was awarded "second overall" in the prestigious Culver City Art Festival in Los Angeles.

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Lunch At Casamento's!


In 1919, Joe Casamento, a hardworking Italian immigrant, blended Italian tradition and Louisiana seafood to create Casamento's Restaurant, located at 4330 Magazine Street, near Napoleon Avenue in the 12th Ward of New Orleans.

It was the Saturday before Mardi Gras and the Krewe of Iris parade had just passed Marengo Street and St. Charles Avenue.  Beads and doubloons in tow, we headed to Casamento's.  Lunch started with dozens of raw oysters and eventually trout sandwiches served on Casamento's unique pan bread, soft shell crabs, seafood gumbo, and an order of meatballs for lagniappe.  The thick, dark chicory coffee was made in an ancient, battered drip coffee maker and served with steamed milk.

Twelve more parades would march through the neighborhood before Mardi Gras was over.

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nothing Gold Can Stay
original 14" by 22", colored pencil on paper
Border Detail from the children's novel "Tales of the Louisiana Moon"

Five O'Clock at the Nine O'Clock Cannon
Colored pencil on paper from the
children's novel "Louisiana Moon" (1999)
Making Market
Colored pencil on paper from the
Children's novel "Louisiana Moon" (1998)

Christmas Eve

Le Premier Adieu
Colored pencil on paper (Bookplate from the Children's Novel "Louisiana Moon" (2000)

C'est Moi (Krew of D'Orpheus '99)

La Chanson Du Coq Noir
Colored pencil on paper from the
novel "Louisiana Moon" (2001)
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Cannon Framing & Artworks
Marianne "Kay" Norwood
4941-A West Napoleon Avenue
Metairie, Louisiana 70001



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