Group works to preserve wild Louisiana irises

Because the five Louisiana iris species have a wide variety of colors and shapes, breeders can create fancier hybrids like this ruffled one, shown April 4, 2018, at the Greater New Orleans Iris Society's collection in New Orleans. The society is creating core collections of up to 100 more basic wild varieties of the five Louisiana iris species to ensure the flowers' genetic diversity survives as development, farming, storms and other factors eat away at the wetlands where they grow. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vast stands of wild Louisiana irises — vibrant purple, blue, red, yellow and orange flowers that thrive in the wet, swampy state — have been replaced by roads and buildings, leading to concerns that they are running out of habitat. A small group of enthusiasts is doing its best to make sure that the widely varied group of plants doesn’t go the way of the passenger pigeon.

Artist explores connections with nature

In this Nov. 10, 2017 photo, artist Arturo Garcia talks about his fascination with painting the American bison as the painter takes a break from creating other works as part of an exhibition at the art museum in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Arturo Garcia rose, bundled up in a puffy green vest and denim blue hoodie, and staked his easel amid the pale golden grasses of Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation, home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. It was so windy he had to keep one hand on a canvas the size of a school notebook. It was so cold an onlooker got out of her car to offer him her gloves — he could only wear one, as he needed a bare hand to manipulate the palette knife he uses instead of a brush to apply energetic lines and bold colors. Grass blew into his paint.

Music mural back on display after Katrina

Visitors pose for photos in front of the oil on canvas painting Dixie's Bar of Music at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in New Orleans, Thursday, May 10, 2018. The 29-foot-long painting that caricatures more than 60 musical celebrities of the 1940s is back in a New Orleans museum. The painting covered a wall at Dixie's Bar of Music, a haven for gays during a homophobic era. It's been in storage since 2005's Hurricane Katrina but is now the focus of a new display at the museum in the Old U.S. Mint. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A mural that covered the wall of a pioneering New Orleans bar is back on display for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

Show celebrates art by Mad’s ‘Usual Gang Of Idiots’

Cartoonist and curator Brian Walker talks about the artistic history of MAD magazine ahead of the opening of a new exhibit on MAD artists and illustrators, on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. “Artistically Mad: Seven Decades of Satire” opens at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University on Saturday and runs through Oct. 21. The exhibit will include original drawings and paintings, displays of vintage MAD magazines and memorabilia such as trading cards and board games. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — First there was “Saturday Night Fever,” the 1978 drama about New York, disco and living your dream that proved a star vehicle for a young John Travolta.



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