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Kenner’s Sculpture Garden Adds a New Addition “Category 5 Tree”

Luis Colmenares, a New Orleans-born metal artist who owns Art Metal Studios in Chalmette, was inspired to create “Category 5 Tree” as an addition to numerous large well-known sculptures he has produced in and around the metro area, including designs in Emeril’s New Orleans, NOLA, K. Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen and Red Fish Grill, as well as the interiors of many fine New Orleans homes. Colmenares is also known for his movie prop creations for some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Well known as a metal artist, Colmenares also creates paintings, designs interiors and works in almost any medium.

The stainless steel tree, donated to the city by Kenner residents Henry and Pat Shane and recently added to the city’s sculpture garden on the Power Boulevard median in Kenner, is 16 feet tall and 12 feet wide, constructed with aluminum branches and leaves that will move with the wind and be able to withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour. The tree was produced at Colmenares’ studio, where he has taught over 60 apprentices over the last 20 years. Scott Hebert and Alex Martinez executed the piece along with Colmenares and the moving branches and leaves were made by John Zeringue.

Colmenares reestablished his studio, which was founded in 1993, after losing it and his equipment in Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve worked hard to help local artists stay in New Orleans,” said Colmenares. “I continue to collaborate with other artists, designers, architects, and take on artist apprentices. We have earned the reputation for producing metal artwork of the very highest quality and workmanship available. Utilizing timeless old world techniques such as hot-forging and repousse’ as well as the technology available to the modern metalworker, we craft raw materials such as steel, aluminum and bronze into works of metal art.” Pieces range from purely artistic sculptural items, to functional decorative and architectural items, all produced with exceptional detail, said Colmenares.

Colmenares said he believes trongly in giving back to his community and has contributed thousands of dollars of art each year to causes such as the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and the Contemporary Arts Center News Orleans.

Reprinted with permission from the Kenner Star
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KBA is Bringing Back the 50/50 Raffle to Luncheons!

May 11, 2017

KBA is excited to announce that we are bringing back the 50/50 Raffle to all of our Luncheons by popular demand! Promote you business by donating a door prize – contact Judy LaBella, Reservations chairman, at for more information. Tickets Raffle Tickets are only $3.00 each or 2/$5.00! Promote your Business By Donating! Door […]

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Kenner Memorial Day Celebration

May 10, 2017

The Honorable E. “Ben” Zahn III Mayor of Kenner, Chief Michael J. Glaser of the Kenner Police Department, and the entire rest of the City Council cordially invite you to attend the Kenner Memorial Day Celebration! When Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00 A.M. Where Veterans Park Next to Kenner City Hall 1801 Williams Blvd., Kenner […]

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Recreational skate park opens at Wentwood Playground in Kenner

May 8, 2017

On April 28, 2017, the city of Kenner launched its first recreational skate park, the Wentwood Skate Plaza, only the third of its kind in the metropolitan area, located at 200 West Loyola Drive. According to a website dedicated to skate parks in the state, the Wentwood Skate Plaza joins several similar parks located in […]

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The First 100 Days

May 1, 2017

Kenner, LA. – When we took office 100 days ago, this administration promised to streamline government wherever possible, improve productivity, accessibility and eliminate waste, all without incurring any additional cost to residents and continue to pursue opportunities for economic development, attracting new residents and families. That has been this administration’s focus, while operating with transparency […]

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KBA Networking at Copeland’s is almost here!

April 24, 2017

KBA Networking at Copeland’s is almost here! We look forward to seeing you this Thursday April 27th from 5:30PM – 7:30PM for a DELICIOUS evening of networking! Copeland’s Restaurant recently celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in Kenner . Al Copeland, Jr. who owns the restaurant originally picked the location for it in 2007! When: Thursday, April […]

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Work on Lake Trail Drive pumping station is 95 percent complete

April 17, 2017

Work on the long-awaited flood protection system for Lake Trail Drive residents is 95 percent complete and should be ready to become operational by April 25, 2017, according to Kenner city officials. Lake Trail Drive was one of the first streets developed in North Kenner and was developed lower than other adjacent streets in the […]

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New Ochsner Therapy and Wellness Center on Williams Boulevard open for patients

April 12, 2017

A 6,500 square foot Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner Therapy and Wellness Center is now accepting patients at 3700 Williams Boulevard. The new center is located at the site of the longclosed Trauth’s Restaurant which was demolished by Ochsner in 2015. Richard Schnadelbach, an Ochsner physical therapist and supervisor of rehab services, says the new facility “is […]

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Inspired Living opens state-of-the-art senior living community in Kenner

April 7, 2017

On March 28, 2017, a grand opening ceremony was held for a brand new state-of-the-art senior-living community, Inspired Living, with residents expected to be moving in shortly after. The community, at 3801 Loyola Drive in Kenner, will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care lifestyles. Considered a full spectrum of care in the industry, […]

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Italian Heritage Festival Among Three Upcoming Events in Kenner

March 30, 2017

Kenner, LA. – The Italian Heritage Festival, a free play at the Rivertown Theater and a free pet event in Laketown are among the community events coming up in the next two weeks in the city of Kenner. The 17th annual Italian Heritage Festival begins Friday, April 1, at 6 p.m. in Rivertown and continues […]

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