Items Made in New Orleans

The Seelos Shrine is pleased to present unique items from artists who call New Orleans home. Below you will find various pieces ranging from jewelry and sacramental items to songs and paintings. When you purchase an item through the Shrine, all proceeds go directly to continuing Blessed Seelos’ mission. Thank you for supporting both our local artists and the work of the Seelos Shrine!

Heidi Groat
Heidi Groat, Jewelry Maker & Handcrafter

More than two decades years ago I started my business with a desire to turn ordinary objects into beautiful works of art. My desire was and remains today to have beautiful pieces of art that remind us of our Faith.

Marina G. Reed, Mariana ReedPainter

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Marina Reed has been in the New Orleans area since 1965. She holds a BS degree from the University of New Orleans in Mechanical Engineering. Now that she is retired, she is pursuing her dream to be an artist. 

Marina prefers watercolors because of the challenge they present due to the fast drying property of the medium. She likes to paint architectural details, as well as landscapes. Marina is a member of the New Orleans Art Association, Westbank Art Guild, and Louisiana Watercolor Society. Her mission is to show the beauty of the architecture in New Orleans, as well as in the places to which she travels, incorporating this in the landscapes of the places she paints.

Barbara BrocatoBarbara Brocato, Painter

Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1949, Barbara knew at an early age that she would be an artist. She majored in art in high school and college and for 30 years she painted, but did not really enjoy the process. In 1995 Barbara’s parish priest asked her to do a painting to send to Pope John Paul II. While working on the painting, an amazing thing happened! She realized she was enjoying every minute. Barbara began painting religious art and mosaics, but it wasn’t until 2000 that she was introduced to Iconography by teacher, Philip Zimmerman.

Barbara can’t describe how privileged she feels to be painting Jesus, His Mother Mary, the saints, angels and prophets. She might be the happiest artist in the world.

Rachelle WoodardRachelle Woodard, Painter & Calligrapher

Rachelle Woodard is an interior designer and artist in Covington, Louisiana. While she has designed residential projects in many states, she is also a calligrapher, iconographer, and artist, working in pastel, oil, and watercolor. Rachelle has been recently inspired to paint many of the saints, both ancient and modern day. Her collection ranges from well-known saints to lesser-known blessed. Her mission is to promote these saints in a fresh way, as well as introduce people to the richness and beauty of their lives. The cards are a small way of offering thanksgiving to God for His many gifts.

“I was afforded more time during this difficult year [2020] to work on painting these saints as this project has been on my heart for a while. When I paint a particular saint, I pray for their intercession to capture their likeness, and I have been utterly pleased and surprised.”

Trish FotiTrish Foti, Singer

Trish Foti is a New Orleans native known for her emotion-packed performances. Classically trained, Trish studied voice at Texas Christian University and is a graduate of Louisiana State University. A Music Minister in the Church for over 30 years, she has served as Music Director, Choir Director, and Cantor throughout the state. She is the former Cantor at St. Louis Cathedral and was Music Director for a decade at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans. Trish also has over 25 years experience in the music classroom.

Trish is a soloist, cantor, and recording artist with her base in New Orleans. She often performs nationally at conventions. Additionally, she is a sought-after national vocal coach working closely for films and TV series.

Trish maintains an “in demand” vocal studio in New Orleans offering instruction to both students and professionals. Her students have gone on to singing professionally in New York City, Tennessee, Florida, and California. She also works with local “girl groups” such as the “Dazzle Dolls” and members of the “Victory Bells”.

Kitty ClevelandKitty Cleveland, Singer & Songwriter

Kitty Cleveland, a singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker from New Orleans, began her professional career as a lawyer and then as a college professor. But in an adoration chapel one day in 1998, as she searched for God during a devastating family crisis, she clearly heard the Lord Jesus call her to become a “music missionary.” Kitty heeded the call and has since released multiple CDs of music and prayer.

Kitty lives in the New Orleans area with her musician husband and teen daughter, whom they adopted from China in 2005. In addition to praying with people for healing and encouragement, she enjoys cooking, gardening, oil painting, and writing.

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