Ashley Merlin’s Statuesque New Orleans Features 197 Stunning Photographs of Classic & Modern Statues
NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 28, 2010) – Local photographer Ashley Merlin captures two centuries of beautiful—but at times underappreciated—statues and monuments throughout the Greater New Orleans area in Statuesque New Orleans. In the upcoming months, art fans and avid readers alike can catch Merlin at area bookstores, local book fairs and holiday markets.
Merlin, a native New Orleanian whose work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including a solo show for the release of Statuesque at the UNO/St Claude Art Gallery, said, “When examined, the plethora of statues that pepper the city give a physical documentation of our history. We can see influences from Europe, the Americas and Africa; the winners and losers of battles and wars; and, as we all remember, the effects of disasters.”
From Andrew Jackson astride his horse in Jackson Square to Enrique Alférez’s beautiful works, Statuesque features 197 stunning color photographs of works ranging from 1850 to the present.
In addition to the photographs and their accompanying summation (which includes date, sculptor, location and background), the book features indices of every statue by name and artist. For those inclined to seek out their favorite treasures, Statuesque also features ten neighborhood maps of the Greater New Orleans area.
Merlin said, “For me, this book was an obvious labor of love. I truly hope everyone – natives and tourists alike- will discover the wonderful works and histories that define each statue.”
In the upcoming months, Merlin will appear at the following area bookstores and local book fairs for signings.
· Country Day Book Fair
300 Park RdMetairie, LA 70005Sunday, November 7
· Jewish Community Center Book Festival
5342 St. Charles AvenueNew Orleans, LA 70115Sunday, November 14 11:00AM-1:00PM
· Isidore Newman Book Fair
1903 Jefferson AvenueNew Orleans, Louisiana 70115Sunday, November 14 Newman Book Fair
· Stuart Hall Holiday Boutique
2032 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118-2949Friday, December 3, 2010
10:00AM – 4:00PM
· Barnes and Noble – Metairie
3721 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002Saturday, December 4
· McGehee Book Fair
2343 Prytania StNew Orleans, LA 70130Sunday, December 5 – Thursday, December 9
· Barnes and Noble – Mandeville
Premier Center II
3414 Highway 190 Suite 10, Mandeville, LA 70471
Saturday, December 11
· Preservation Resource Center (PRC) Holiday home tour/Boutique
Trinity Episcopal Church – Bishop Polk Hall
1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sunday, December 12, 2010
9:30AM – 4:30PM
Statuesque New Orleans retails for $45.00 and a portion of book sales will be used to refurbish and maintain the statues and monuments seen in the book.
To order a copy of Statuesque New Orleans, please visit www.statuesqueneworleans.com, call 504.782.5727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.