Ally Burguieres is an artist, designer, and inventor specializing in popular and conceptual pieces. She has shown work in Brazil, England, France, Germany, Ireland, and the US. Among her popular décor collections is “The Notebook Series”, a sequence of large acrylic paintings mimicking sketches on notebook paper. She also invented the Wish Dog (patent pending), a small hand-made trinket that burns wishes with a trendy smoke-blowing effect. In 2011, she rented 11 pieces and created custom artwork for the National Geographic original IMAX film Hidden Worlds, and her innovative bead design was selected for production as the official NFL and Courtyard Marriott medallion for the 2013 Super Bowl. She currently teaches Media Arts at Tulane University and holds a PhD for her writing and research on art and media in everyday life. Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s in Literature, a Master’s in Journalism, a second Master’s in Communications, and her writing and multimedia contributions have been featured in The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, and other print and online publications. She has four sisters, is devoted to animal rights and conservation, and blogs about her art adventures and vegan lifestyle at www.galleryburguieres.com/blog. Her brick-and-mortar shop – which she owns and operates with her mother Janice – opened in Summer 2011 in the center of the New Orleans French Quarter, at 736 Royal Street. A second French Quarter shop, called Cocoally and featuring her designs on clothing, opened November 2013 at 630 St Ann Street.