After 18 years of enjoying life in Haiti, from 1971 to 1989, Nancy Forrest moved back to the United States. She loved Haitian art and wanted to retain close ties with Haiti and her family and friends there, and so launched the original Oh-Là-Là!, which she operated from 1990 to 2005. With a background in art history, she designed her own line of painted metal decorative accessories, and bought artifacts and one-of-a-kind art from a host of artisans and artists. She sold primarily on the wholesale level, to boutiques, museums, galleries, and catalogs. Her fluent French and Creole facilitated her interactions with all of the artists, and she has retained a poignant affection for Haitian Creole, a wonderfully expressive language. As the years went on, political and social unrest in Haiti continued to create chronic delivery problems, and the wholesale gift show circuit became tedious. Nancy, regretfully and after many wonderful years, closed Oh-Là-Là! in 2005.
But she missed the Haitian art world, and renewed contact and concern about Haiti and its artists after the devastating earthquake of January, 2010, inspired her to collaborate once again with the artists and artisans, and to offer to the art-lovers of the retail world the products of their spectacular talent. Hence, Oh-Là-Là! Haitian Art is back as an online presence, offering an ever-changing variety of paintings, vodou flags, steel drum sculptures, wrought iron, wooden carvings, and folk artifacts.
Nancy has recently moved to Mandeville, Louisiana, near New Orleans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, and is enjoying the warm embrace of its cadence and culture, so reminiscent of Haiti Cheri.
In a continuing effort to give back to a Haiti which needs everything but the indomitable spirit which keeps it alive and humming, a portion of our sales will go to support two organizations. Involved with these groups are personal friends who are devoted to Haiti, to its people, to its art, to its culture, and who are driven by a determination to help improve lives there.
Please visit them at:
Meci anpil tout moun! Vin wem!