The Mary Beth

Wake up with your new favorite artist


Wake up with your new favorite artist

At Mary Beth Hotel x Gallery, we believe your new favorite artist might send a shiver down your spine or a butterfly into your stomach.

New Orleans, Art and You.

It’s a holy trinity as powerful as the New Orleans food trinity: onions, bell peppers, and celery.

For our 2024 season, local artist Maya Pen has curated over 160 works from New Orleans-based artists and poets.

Collectively their works have been viewed more than 100 million times. They’ve exhibited internationally, given ted talks, and have each played significant roles in shaping and supporting their corner of the New Orlean’s arts scene.

We’re also the permanent home to Son of a Ghost, an intergenerational collaboration between prolific mother and son artists Mary Beth Fogarty and Robert X Fogarty. The namesake of the hotel and one of its co-developers.

Son of a Ghost

What if a son could speak to his mother from the other side? In this thought-provoking and intergenerational collaboration, Robert X Fogarty explores his complex relationship with his late mother Mary Beth Fogarty.

Son of a Ghost’s pieces have been called “mesmerizing, riveting” and “unlike anything the art world has seen before.”
When Mary Beth left Earth by suicide after a short battle with cancer, she left behind more than 1000 original works in 2002. X was 18 and just finished his freshman year at university.

“For more than a decade, I’ve wanted to collaborate with her, “ Fogarty says. “I never knew it would turn into building an entire space to tribute her and creating an entirely new body of work, together.”

Son of a Ghost is represented by Martine Chaisson Gallery and a portion of sales will go to commission other artists to create works celebrating that it’s okay to make work and talk about mental health and wellness.

Son of a Ghost

What if a son could speak to his mother from the other side? In this thought-provoking and intergenerational collaboration, Robert X Fogarty explores his complex relationship with his late mother Mary Beth Fogarty.

Son of a Ghost’s pieces have been called “mesmerizing, riveting” and “unlike anything the art world has seen before.”
When Mary Beth left Earth by suicide after a short battle with cancer, she left behind more than 1000 original works in 2002. X was 18 and just finished his freshman year at university.

“For more than a decade, I’ve wanted to collaborate with her, “ Fogarty says. “I never knew it would turn into building an entire space to tribute her and creating an entirely new body of work, together.”

Son of a Ghost is represented by Martine Chaisson Gallery and a portion of sales will go to commission other artists to create works celebrating that it’s okay to make work and talk about mental health and wellness.

Meet the Mary Beth Artists

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For nealy 200 years, these three buildings have served as horse stables, saloons, pawn shops, shoe stores, and –yes– even brothels.

Did you know that a teenage Louis Armstrong played his first trumpet for coins up and down our block? So why a hotel and gallery now and who is Mary Beth?

Mary Beth is the late mother of one of the hotel developers, Robert X Fogarty. She was a prolific artist, who left behind more than 1000 pieces when she died by suicide after a short battle with cancer in 2002.

X as his friends and family call him, life changed in New Orleans when he moved here after Hurricane Katrina just a few years after Mary Beth’s passing.

Mary Beth believed that art can connect people in ways nothing else in our human experience can. And we believe that galleries where one must stand in front of work and then be ushered out at closing time isn’t an ideal buying experience.

So we thought, what if we built a place where people can wake up with art that inspires or even challenges them?

What if we could build a platform and a space to get local artists paid by people who get to spend enough time with the right piece, they’d want to put it on their own home’s wall?

That’s our wish. That you have a beautiful experience here in New Orleans and that you acquire a piece of your new favorite artist.

Letter from the Developers

Dear Mary Beth Guests,

We named these buildings after my mother, Mary Beth Fogarty, who left behind more than 1,500 original works of art when she passed away more than 20 years ago.

Mary Beth and I collaborated on 11 unique pieces from Beyond the Grave. The work, while potentially hard to read, is a love letter of sorts. Mary Beth made beautiful and scary things.

She created every day and didn’t care if anyone liked it.

We wonder if that’s how freedom feels.

So while you’re here, revel and reflect, reject, or rejoice in work on these walls.

Our gallery program in season one is spectacular.

Maya Pen, The Mary Beth’s curator, selected more than 120 works from 30 New Orleanian artists that are all available for purchase.

Art, we know, is made to forge connections, evoke curiosity or confrontation, to make us feel big and small at the same time, and to inspire us.

It’s love, expressed.

Sincerely,
Robert X Fogarty with Beau Baudier
Developers, The Mary Beth

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