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Holiday Gift Guide item: Support local arts, help conserve wetlands with sleek Louisiana's Alure

Posted by Karen Hales on Nov 01 2011

Glass art lure ornament supporting America's WETLAND Foundation is available only at Deanie's Seafood restaurants or at shopdeanies.com

NEW ORLEANS--Louisiana's Alure, a sleek hand-blown glass ornament designed by Vella Vetro Art Glass & Custom Designs in the Bywater, is an artful gift idea that supports Louisiana's wetlands restoration. Approximately three-inches long, the custom Louisiana's Alure fishing lure ornament features redfish coloring and a silvering finish and is appropriate for display all year long.

The ornament is available for $45 at Deanie's Seafood restaurants or online at shopdeanies.com. Deanie's will contribute $5 from the sale of each Louisiana's Alure to the America's WETLAND Foundation, which works to raise awareness of wetlands' loss and advocate for protection of coastal Louisiana. The contribution is dedicated to the America's WETLAND Conservation Corps' work protecting the coastline through hands-on restoration plantings.

Deanie's commissioned glass artist James Vella, the creator and artist behind Vella Vetro Art Glass, to design and create a large-scale glass "aquarium" sculpture that is a centerpiece of Deanie's Seafood in the French Quarter, located at 841 Iberville St. at the corner of Dauphine. The sculpture, a scenic representation of Louisiana seafood and wildlife, is dedicated to the America's WETLAND Foundation and is the largest collective sculpture Vella has created in his career thus far. The Bywater artist specializes in fine art glass creations, custom designs and large-scale installations.

ABOUT DEANIE'S SEAFOOD
Named "Best Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans" by Gambit Weekly magazine, Deanie's Seafood Restaurants and Market have been serving huge portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried seafood for 50 years. We invite you to visit Deanie's original location in Bucktown at 1713 Lake Avenue or in the French Quarter at 841 Iberville Street (located at the corner of Dauphine and Iberville streets). To learn more about Deanie's Seafood, visit us at www.deanies.com or call the restaurant directly at 504-581-1316.

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 shopdeanies.com.

ABOUT ARTIST JAMES VELLA
James Vella, the artist and creator behind Vella Vetro Art Glass & Custom Design of New Orleans, specializes in fine art glass creations, custom designs and large-scale installations. His work has been featured in galleries across the country and internationally. James's artwork is also included in several private collections and is in the permanent collection of the Knoxville Museum of Art. His studio is located at 3000 Royal Street in New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. For more information, visit www.vellavetro.com.

ABOUT AMERICA'S WETLAND FOUNDATION
The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history and was created to raise public awareness of the impact of the state's wetland loss has on the state, nation and world and gain support for efforts to conserve and save coastal Louisiana. Visit www.americaswetland.com for more information.

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