Harvey J. Lewis


Harvey J. Lewis is a retired lawyer, duck hunter, and resident of New Orleans. He has been a collector of both antique and contemporary decoys for over forty years. He is the author of Artistry of Louisiana Decoy Carvers, Old and Contemporary and A Legacy Preserved: Contemporary Louisiana Decoy Carvers.





11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 2
Book Talk
The Artistry of Louisiana Decoy Carvers: Old and Contemporary
with Harvey Lewis with  Joshua Caffery

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Artistry of Louisiana Decoy Carvers: Old and Contemporary

Artistry of Louisiana Decoy Carvers presents decoys, old and contemporary and made by Louisiana carvers, as museum-quality art. With stunning photographs and detailed descriptions, the book illustrates the three basic types of decoys in full-size as well as miniature. An informative chapter on hunting decoys carved by Louisiana's Old Masters highlights pieces from the largest and best private collection in the state, while another features miniature replicas in the style of the Old Masters made by a number of Louisiana's best contemporary carvers.

Novice collectors will find guidance here, as well as an essay by Louisiana's preeminent decoy authority that offers invaluable advice to collectors of Louisiana decoys of all experience levels. Most importantly, this book discusses the existential threats to decoy carving in Louisiana and offers concrete suggestions for saving this unique and culturally important artform from extinction.


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