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SMU Artist Embraces the New Orleans Crazy

Wild Lifestyle Inspires — and She’s Bringing the Big Easy Back to Dallas

BY // 09.13.17

About a year ago, SMU alumni Page Goss took a huge leap of faith, leaving her post as a Lifestyle Expert in New York City (a job as fabulous as it sounds) to move to New Orleans and become a painter. She’s had a whirlwind few months since, including being commissioned to paint no less than 200 pieces for the University Medical Center of New Orleans’ permanent collection

Now the artist is having her first ever solo gallery exhibition in the Big D, and she’s bringing the Big Easy with her.

Page Goss will open her show at Cinq Gallery with a NOLA-style blowout this Saturday, September 16. Goss will debut a brand new collection of her psychedelic abstract paintings, inspired by the artist’s love of New Orleans and fashion.

“I just have such a passion for fashion and such a love for it, and all things aesthetically pleasing to the eye,” she says. “When I have a blank canvas, it’s just the most exciting thing to have a direction in mind – whether it be fabric, or a fabulous intricate kimono I have hanging above my bed. All these things have a role in how the subject will come into fruition.”

Shelley Smith and artist Page Goss

From Fashion to Art

After graduating from SMU with a BFA, Goss moved to New York and worked for a fashion PR firm, then as an assistant for a designer, then as a freelance stylist. In her role as a lifestyle concierge for major companies such as Web MD and Google, she did everything from help clients get into high-profile parties to help plan marriage proposals.

“It was a cushy, fun job but there was a missing piece for me, and that was creating,” she says.

Goss, who is originally from Baton Rouge, decided to head home to Louisiana to begin her artistic career.

“There’s no place more colorful than New Orleans, from the culture to the people. There’s this je ne sais quoi…something in the air here that’s contagious. And the weirder the better,” she laughs.  “The other day I saw a guy with a rooster on a leash walking down Magazine Street.”

Goss’ colorful and mesmerizing works are perfectly suited to the high-energy city.

“The common thread is controlled chaos,” she says of her upcoming exhibition.

For the opening party, Goss has arranged a live jazz trio, NOLA-inspired craft cocktails, an oyster shucking bar, and more. It’s all about bringing New Orleans vibes to Dallas.

“I find it all very inspiring. This kind of chaotic, gluttonous, debauchery lifestyle. It’s kind of a worry-free place,” Goss notes.

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