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The Studio & Gallery

Tue to Fri ... 10:30am - 5pm
Sat .............. 10:30am - 3pm
Sun & Mon ... CLOSED

Mystic Blue Signs opened on Magazine Street in 1997, but we have been specializing in hand lettering and illustration since 1973.  ⚜  New Orleans has such inspiring architecture and history that it's a natural location for a hand-painted sign shop.

  • We use traditional methods and materials and we draw everything by hand, from logos to lettering to illustration.
  • We hand-cut, hand-carve, hand-paint.
  • We use wood, metal, special sign paint and sign painters' quills, flats and fitches.
  • We use real 23 karat gold leaf sheets on signs and glass transom numbers.
  • We even paint scenes and signs on the sides of buildings. And we ship signs all over the world.

Since 2003, Mystic Blue has hosted regular art shows in our gallery, featuring local artists. We sell prints, paintings, posters, signs, stained-glass, jewelry and objets d'art made by our artists.

Illustration by Vince

WWNO 89.9 FM

Yvette was interviewed for All Things New Orleans (a WWNO radio talkshow) by Joe Shriner on various subjects concerning sign painting and hand lettering in New Orleans. You can listen to it at this link:

New York Times

We were mentioned in Seth Kugel's informative and kind New York Times Frugal Traveler's blog on New Orleans. You can view it at this link: Blog

1997 - 2017    Celebrating 20 years

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Center News, Summer 2018

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   Special Projects      We also do a considerable amount of Documents, Marriage Certificates, Wedding Invitations, Murals, Portraits and Illustrations. Here are some samples of our work. Call us at (504)525-4691 if you would like us to help you with that special project!


by Yvette Rutledge

Marriage Certificate

by Yvette Rutledge


by Yvette & Vince

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The Center for the Lettering Arts was established in 2010 as a resource to encourage the use of hand lettering as an expressive art, and to promote its use through collaboration in graphic design and printing.   ⚜   We offer classes and workshops in hand lettering, organize lectures and workshops for student groups and host exhibits in our gallery.

Hand-writing demo by Yvette at WWL Channel 4 for National Hand-Writing Day.

Font Club

Font Club will meet Saturday, August 18th at 3pm for a typeface design workgroup. Font Club is a free informal group that meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month to work on typeface design. Call Vince or Yvette at (504) 525-4691 for more information. §

AIGA New Orleans

Visit for graphic design info, events, and meetings in New Orleans.


The New Orleans Lettering Arts Association (NOLAA) meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month. A non-profit organization whose monthly meetings are mini-workshops in a variety of calligraphy techniques, well worth the $25 per year membership fee. Visit

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts offers classes in all styles of art-making, including calligraphy. Located at 5256 Magazine St., call (504) 899-8111 or visit

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