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Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

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TEL: (225) 219 - 9503 Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
www.LouisianaBookFestival.org

Contact us

Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

SEND US EMAIL
(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Art Glass

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL 2012 ART GLASS

When I was commissioned to create an image for the 2012 Louisiana Book Festival, the request was that the piece represent Louisiana. Executive director of the Festival, Jim Davis, chose the oak and a river as iconic Louisiana elements. My glass works nearly always incorporates polished stones, gems and rocks and minerals. Inherent in these elements are qualities and meanings which are relevant to the composition.

The agate is the Louisiana State gem, so I chose to make it the dominant gem in the piece. The sliced agate represents the shoreline and the sun. It is a stone of protection which attracts strength to carry on. In Biblical times agate was used to ward off storms. A piece of moss agate can be seen hanging from one of the tree's branches. The moss agate is said to be the most powerful agate and balance emotional energy while enhancing concentration, persistence, endurance and success. It is also said to be helpful in relieving sensitivities to destructive weather and pollution.

The rocks interspersed along the shoreline represent the bones of Mother Earth. The river bank is made from Siberian jade, an ancient stone used by some to draw or attract love, protection, prosperity and healing.

Since petrified palmwood is Louisiana's state mineral, I placed it at the heart of the oak. It is thought to be powerful in removing obstacles or barriers impeding success in reaching goals and is a connection to Earth and nature as are the river and the tree.

I feel honored to have been asked to create this work of art for the Louisiana Book Festival.

KAREN BOURQUE