ArtEgg Studios is a 50,000 sq. ft. former produce warehouse for American Beauty Eggs, Butter and Turkeys. Located in the Broad Street Cultural Products District, ArtEgg was founded in 2001 by Dr. Esther R. Dyer. Since inception, ArtEgg has been a creative space for creative people. The Louisiana Department of Economics has renewed ArtEgg's certification as a Louisiana small business entrepreneurship. ArtEgg is close to the SuperDome, Arena, CBD and Uptown and a great location for filming, photo shoots, craft services, ArtEgg's community comprises artists, craftsmen, photographers, nonprofits, and other creative people.
Devastated after Katrina, the once proud warehouse was totally renovated, restored and upgraded to include sustainable design features such as bamboo flooring, solar tracking skylights, solar tubes, energy efficient fixtures. The first floor has intact produce coolers converted to storage for art collections, studios for artists and musicians, workshops for set builders, and offices for nonprofits and entrepreneurs. The upper floor houses creative individuals and non-profit organizations. There are painters, photographers, wood and metal artists, fashion designers and filmmakers. We are proud to be home to Break Out!, Kids Rethink New Orleans, Roots of Music, Women of Vision, the LGBT Community Center, the Change for Development Foundation and the Heritage Foundation for Arts and Cultural Sustainability.
ArtEgg's original signs have been restored on the Earhart wall. ArtEgg's iconic sign Everybody Loves a Good Egg has been involved in many of the images associated with New Orleans. The clock prop above the door to Studio 105 was in the bus station scene of Love Song for Bobby Long with Scarlett Johansson and John Travolta. Props for Benjamin Button were also conceived at ArtEgg and Court 13's highly acclaimed Glory at Sea (http://www.court13.com/films) was filmed in what is now Studio 101 and Beasts of the Southern Wild post production was completed at ArtEgg. While many photographers are part of ArtEgg's community, and others have used it for photo shoots, our most famous commercial is Penzoil's Brett Favre promotion. Casting for the Treme pilot was hosted by ArtEgg.
"Everybody Loves a Good Egg"
Originally, ArtEgg Studios was owned by Mrs. V. Hill Penich and her husband Bill Penick and used as a warehouse for H.G. Hill Stores. In 1964, it was sold to L. Frank & Co. (est. 1892), the region’s major produce wholesaler featuring American Beauty Butter and Eggs. The original American Beauty advertisements on the side of the building and the prominent front flagpole remain as a tribute to the grand old building’s history In March 2002, Caro Foods, the current distributor of American Beauty products, restored several of the original signs lining the building to maintain with the building’s new theme and artisanship. American Beauty’s “Everybody Loves a Good Egg,” sign can be seen from the Broad Street overpass and remains the motto for ArtEgg Studios.