Deanie's Seafood and the Chifici Family presented the 5-foot by 4-foot glass-encased Louisiana Wildlife display, which was designed and created by Vella, to America's WETLAND Foundation. Deanie's also presented a $5,000 donation and proceeds from a silent charity auction to support the foundation's efforts to raise awareness and support for the conservation of coastal Louisiana. Accepting the contribution was Sidney Coffee, Senior Advisor for the WETLAND Foundation.
The wildlife display is centered around two herons standing on a bank surrounded by marsh grass. In the water are small vignettes: A large catfish nestled close to the bank. A school of redfish in the shallows looking for blue crabs. In a deeper section of dark green grass, a school of speckled trout feeding on shrimp. Closer to the sandy bottom are sheephead, flounder and baitfish.
The Deanie's art installation is the largest collective sculpture Vella - who describes himself as a "diehard fisherman who never gets to fish" - has created in his career thus far. The Bywater artist specializes in fine art glass creations, custom designs and large-scale installations.
The Louisiana Wildlife display is located at Deanie's Seafood restaurant in the French Quarter, 841 Iberville St.
The Fishing Lure Ornament benefiting the America's WETLAND Foundation is on sale at BOTH Deanie's Seafood restaurants, the French Quarter restaurant located at the corner of Iberville and Dauphine streets, and the original Bucktown location, located at 1713 Lake Ave. in Metairie, and online at www.shopdeanies.com.
by Althea and Stephen Sabludowsky, Publishers of Bayoubuzz.com
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