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Drew Brees

The New Orleans Saints have legions of No. 1 fans but they now have another one. New Orleans artist Amanda Stone Talley was in her Magazine Street studio and gallery a couple of weeks ago and in walked Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife Brittany. The Brees had seen one of Amanda’s paintings in another location and decided to visit her shop. The muses of artists were with Amanda that day since she is often away from the shop but happened to be there when the Brees walked in.

Amanda still gets excited when someone buys one of her paintings. But Mr. and Mrs. Brees walked out with three! Then, a short while later, Drew called Amanda to see if he could make a deal on a fourth piece! No problem! Amanda is well-known in New Orleans and around the state as well as on the national scene and her paintings have appeared in photos of homes in such publications as Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle, Southern Accents, Interiors II and House Beautiful. Her pieces are exhibited worldwide and are sought by collectors and lovers of abstract art. Several Natchitoches residents own her paintings. Nearly as excited as Amanda is her mom, Ellen Abington of Many. All of those art lessons paid off! To learn more about Amanda, just Google Amanda Stone Talley.

JT hopes all the rain will wash off the love bugs that have been such a nuisance lately. No sooner does JT scrub those little suckers off the bumper than they seem to flock again.

Over the weekend JT was stopped by Paul Fleming who wanted to remind people that the Front Street Riverbank park construction is not being financed by the Red River Waterway Commission, but by the Cane River Levee Board. Fleming, a member of the Red River Waterway Commission, says he is stopped every day and asked will the riverbank project be completed in time for the Christmas Festival and how much it costs. He said the Red River Waterway Commission takes care of Red River and the Cane River levee Board takes care of Cane River Lake, where the new park is located.