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art on a platter

October 11, 2014


Louisiana native Doug Gitter is a passionate collector of contemporary American folk art, especially the colorful memory paintings of the late Clementine Hunter, a descendent of slaves. Gitter so admired Hunter’s work that he was inspired to design and create a collection of hand-painted serving platters and bowls.

The founder: Gitter grew up in New Orleans. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and Loyola School of Law. As president of Gitter Gallery in New Orleans, Gitter’s longtime interest in folk art deepened when he had the opportunity to meet some of the artists while they were alive and hear their stories.

Inspiration: The artwork of Clementine Hunter, the beloved Louisiana artist whose paintings captured every-day life, such as cotton and pecan picking, on Melrose Plantation, where she lived and worked until her death in 1988 at age 101. Gitter wanted to take Hunter’s artwork and make it affordable so that others could enjoy a piece of American history.

The goods: The Clementine Hunter hand-painted ceramic collection ($120 to $180) features 15 pieces, each depicting one of her paintings. Platters and bowls have distinct shapes and a textured surface. They are also food, microwave and dishwasher safe. Also available: Clementine Hunter giclee canvas art ($250 to $300). A portion of each purchase goes to the Hunter’s estate.

Best sellers: The Cotton Mural platter ($158), Cotton Picking bowl ($158) and A Day at Melrose Plantation ($148) platter.

Other favorites: Pecan Picking plate ($148), Baptism on Cane River platter ($168) and the Cotton Vase ($148). Since each piece is hand painted, no two are alike.
Other goods: Other giclee prints on canvas by well-known folk artists, including Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Georgia’s Howard Finster.

Big break: “Baptism on Cane River” was chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2013.

Where to buy:


A Day at Melrose Plantation


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