Yvonne Spear Perret
Yvonne Spear Perret has a penchant for documenting the lighter side of life in Louisiana. With roots deep in the Cajun and Yat cultures, the former teacher and principal has penned Louisiana-themed articles for national publications. Her books include Yat Wit: Chicken Gumbo for the New Orleans Soul and The Little Float That Could. Her newest release, Simon of New Orleans, profiles the French-born artist whose works have won international acclaim and whose joie de vivre has won the heart of his adopted city.
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 6
Simon of New Orleans
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
The Little Float that Could
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
B&N Jr. Tent
Simon of New Orleans
Simon of New Orleans is a celebration of the exuberant, sumptuous, energetic work of the artist synonymous with his adopted hometown. It is difficult to wander around New Orleans without stumbling across the explosions of color and whimsy that are the trademarks of a Simon piece. In fact, the scope of his work is unparalleled.
Private collectors snap up pieces as soon as the paint is dry. And, though always New Orleans-centric in nature, his work is increasingly finding its way to national and international venues. Simon has endeared himself to locals and tourists alike, and they have responded to the unpretentious wit that is the hallmark of his art.
According to Grégor Trumel, the Consul General of France in Louisiana, Simon’s works are an “invitation to joy” and “an antidote against the poison of pessimism and introversion.” Those who know his work might also add that Simon has captured – in bright colors – the soul and spirit of the city.
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