Kay Glenn, the artist who created this delightful carved, three dimensional picture, has said "I knew all my life I was an artist, but I didn't find my medium until I picked up the knives." After studying relief wood carving in Kobe, Japan where she earned the title "Master Carver," she returned to her home in New Orleans, continuing to carve and teach in the Japanese tradition. Around the time of her 60th birthday, she began carving scenes of New Orleans like this one. A fortuitous meeting with award-winning painter Sylvia Kay (who described Kay Glenn as "the Grandma Moses of Louisiana carvers") resulted in a lifetime friendship and a collaboration that produced this artwork, among many others. Kay hand carved the original scene; it was molded as a composite wood plaque and then Sylvia hand painted it. We were fortunate to find a copy online of a leaflet describing both artists; while we couldn't include a good photograph of it, we printed it and will enclose it with the picture.
This piece is in wonderful condition, with just some tiny dents in the frame, which is walnut with a inner liner finished in antique gold. The picture's secured on the back with two swivel tabs and has a hanging wire installed. The outer measurements are 6 inches by 8 inches, while the picture itself is 5 inches by 7 1/4 inches. It weighs 10 1/2 ounces and is just as easily propped on an easel as hung on the wall, alone or as part of a grouping.