Brian MacLaren

Caitlin Fitch

Brian MacLaren

Scene in S.B.

Pianos and Paintings

I thought State Street was too hectic, and I wanted to include the post office and the Lobero. I didn’t want to get my friend any old boring birthday card,” said Brian MacLaren while sketching a scene on East Canon Perdido Street to use in a watercolor painting for his friend’s birthday. MacLaren switched creative gears to drawing and painting after making stained glass for 30 years.

By Caitlin Fitch

Arlene Judd

I came here from Laughlin, Nevada, to be back in the nice weather,” said Arlene Judd after playing an original piece on the piano on State Street in front of Marshalls as part of New Noise’s Pianos on State. Judd started playing piano at 8 years old and currently makes music with her husband; the two have even recorded albums together.

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