$norkeling N $eptember

On Saturday, September 10, from 5pm to 9pm, join 5 Press Gallery for $norkeling in $eptember, a block party featuring artwork, food, drinks, music, and a host of outdoor activities — all for a great cause.

Admission to $norkeling in $eptember is free. Revenue from art, food, beverage, and activity sales will support the rebuilding of the Bywater’s Aquarium Gallery, which was home to eight visual artists — many of them NOCCA alumni — when it burned down in June. Proceeds will also support 5 Press Gallery and its programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.


At 5 Press Gallery  during gallery hours Saturday & Sunday September 3rd and 4th 10am-3pm and Thursday and Friday September 8th and 9th.

Exchange your USD for Mackerels, the official currency of $norkeling n $eptember.

Mackerels can be purchased in Pods of 10 (Five 2-Mackerel bills)

ADVANCE MACKERELS: 5$ per Pod or five Pods (AKA one mega-Pod) for 20$!

DAY-OF-MACKERELS: 10$ per Pod or five Pods (AKA one mega-Pod) for 40$!

At any time you can also buy a whole school of Mackerel (5 mega-Pods, which is ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE 2-Mackerel bills worth a total of 250 Mackerel) for only $100!

$norkeling in $eptember guests will enjoy:

  • “THINGS: a still life show” in 5 Press Gallery, featuring work by several Aquarium-based artists, including Jenna Bonistalli and NOCCA alum Jacob Reptile. The show was curated by fellow Aquarium artist and NOCCA alum Maddie Stratton.

  • A live performance by artist Betsy Arant — your only chance to see it during the run of the exhibition!

  • Great food and specialty drinks from Press Street Station, including a prix fixe dinner for earlybirds (served ’til 7pm);

  • A host of outdoor activities, including wading pools, piñatas, an art-filled raffle, and a very special appearance by the Drawatron 3000, courtesy of Antenna Gallery and Drawatron.

The fun begins at 5pm — perfect timing for those strolling to the Second Saturday shows a few blocks away on St. Claude or heading to The NOLA Project’s production of Flood City at NOCCA.