29th Annual Wooden Boat Festival Reveals
2018 Commemorative Poster and Artist
From:  News Release    9/8/18   GCN

Madisonville, La. On Friday, September 21, 2018, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will unveil the 2018 Wooden Boat Festival poster at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, La) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, plus a silent auction as the original poster artwork by the talented Melissa Levine is unveiled. Posters, which Melissa will sign and personalize, will be on sale for $45.00.

Twenty years ago, New Orleans native Melissa Levine and her husband Kevin fell in love with Madisonville and decided to make it their home.  Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the North Shore, Melissa enrolled in local art classes and studied under Alexander Stolin.  Progressing from watercolors to oil paint, Melissa knew she had discovered her true calling.

Melissa’s work captures the signs of change that are evident in the cycle of life.  With an artist’s eye for detail, she is drawn to items that have weathered through time such as paint peeling from the side of a house and the pattern of rusty metal clinging to an abandoned barn.  She is able to look at things as they are today and imagine the memories they may have evoked in the past and illuminate evidence of where they are headed.  Melissa is able to translate this beauty through her work and show the colors and textures of change.  By cherishing what may be otherwise interpreted as the end, she is able to see the beginning.
You can view Melissa’s work at www.weatheredtime.com.
The 29th annual Wooden Boat Festival will be held October 13th to 14th, in Madisonville, Louisiana, raising funds to support the ongoing education and historical programming at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum as well as the preservation of the Tchefuncte River Lightstation and Lightkeeper’s Cottage.

Please visit the festival website at www.woodenboatfest.org  or the Maritime Museum website at www.lpbmm.org to find out more.