June 17, 2024

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New Albany Opera House Honored With New Mural

New Albany Opera House Honored With New Mural

New Albany has a new mural and the style and design is museum deserving. It is a nod to the Artwork Nouveau with a large Mucha-esque layout commemorating the New Albany Opera House built in 1866. The mural accomplished by artist Carrie Johns handles 3,700 Square Ft of the previous creating which stands at only 50 percent its original height because of to fire injury from someday all around 1939. 

“Last December, the developing owner approached me about painting a mural,” Johns advised LEO. “He knew of me for the reason that I’ve painted a ton in the New Albany area. Soon after a busy spring/summer time, I was last but not least able to start out the style and design system at the commencing of Drop this 12 months, and was presented the eco-friendly gentle to start out November 1st. I concluded the working day soon after Thanksgiving.”

What is remaining of the making is no for a longer time utilised for an opera residence but when it was, some of the very best abilities of the 19th century arrived by way of the doorways. It was at the time, a grand spot with patrons coming by prepare and ferry from Jeffersonville and Louisville. The mural has drawn great praise from the local community and normally crowds seeing Johns get the job done or marveling at the mural. 

Notes on the initial building’s interior have been recorded in the New Albany Ledger in 1866 and shared on the now defunct Our Record New Albany website in 2005 :

“The hall is on the 2nd floor and is attained by a broad flight of methods of quick ascent. At the foot of the stairs on the north side is the ticket workplace, a neat and nicely arranged space. Promptly at the head of the stairs is the entrance to the dress circle and parquette: even though a flight of wide stairs on the right and remaining guide respectively to the loved ones circle and gallery.”

I’m not as acquainted with theater phrases as I need to be:

Parquette – primary floor orchestra containers (175 seats)

Dress Circle – 1st tier over the orchestra packing containers (640 seats)

Spouse and children Circle – (2nd tier) section of seats typically less costly than other individuals (800 seats)

Gallery – (3rd tier) the lowest priced seats (885 seats)

The gown circle and parquette are most elegantly and elaborately completed. They are provided with spring cushion seats, lined in crimson damask, with environmentally friendly damask and stuffed backs. The seats in the dress circle are of the identical variety of material. The parquette or orchestra packing containers are separated from the gown circle by a gorgeous iron railing in semi-circle form. The brackets that ornament the fuel burners variety a truly impressive ornament to the front and sides of the circle. A larger sized selection of brackets insert to the class of other sections of the household. The house was lighted by 150 fuel burners.”


Johns mural honors that record and the grandness of the old opera home. The artist has carried out several murals through New Albany such as the “Welcome to New Albany” mural on the encounter of the Ronaldo Jewelry keep at the foot of Exit in New Albany. Their do the job can be uncovered on Instagram and FB below: @carriejohnsart and the artist can be achieved by using e-mail at [email protected]

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