Monica Rose Kelly is a touring artist currently serving as Visual Director/LD for MarchFourth band out of Portland, OR, as well as performing with musicians in New Orleans where she has been based for the past decade. In 2020 she began creating improvisational digital paintings to live music and projecting them onto stages during concerts, creating an immersive performance art experience that blends lighting design with digital media and her rhythmic freestyle painting flow. She coined the term "#livelightpainting" for this new art form and has recently performed in concert halls across the U.S. as well as The New Orleans Museum of Art and New Orleans’ annual light festival, Luna Fête. Monica has also been working with Arts New Orleans’ Young Artist Movement program to train student interns in animation, documentation, flow state painting and live light painting.
Monica has built a career that blends fine art, public art, illustration, performance and design. Her aesthetic is vibrant in nature and communicates the energy of the soul. Her unique style was influenced by growing up around hip hop and graffiti, as well as traveling around the world and discovering the great works of the Impressionist painters, as well as the Art Nouveau and Art Deco architectural movements. She is also inspired by the spiritual archetypes of the Divine Feminine. Her love for music and dance is channeled into each work with joyful gesture and motion, reflecting the joie de vivre, rhythms, and tropical color palettes of New Orleans. Her studies in herbalism and work as a flower essence practitioner have infused a love of botany and healing into her subject matter, as she often uses flowers and plants as symbols representing different emotional archetypes.
The Historic Swoop-Duggins House, located in a historic three-story, three-bay, brick house with an attached two-story service wing located in New Orlean’s CBD, offers a private, second floor exclusively for events complete with private entry. For larger events, or guests wishing for a progressive event experience, you may opt to also include the courtyard as well as the entire first floor, Swoop’s dining room and bar, as part of your event.
The Historic Swoop-Duggins House’s event space can be privately accessed by both its own beautiful wooden staircase as well as the courtyard, both leading to the immaculately decorated rooms on the second floor. Rich colors and ornate fabrics complement the artwork that adorns the walls as well as the multiple fireplaces. The “gallery” (a balcony spanning the depth of an entire sidewalk and the full length of the building) allows guests to experience the sites and sounds of New Orleans during your event.
The space at The Historic Swoop-Duggins House provides your guests with a unique event experience in that not only do you have access to the second floor during your event, you have the option to utilize the courtyard as part of your event.