Melissa Vandiver



Melissa Vandiver is a New Orleans-based artist specializing in painting. Growing up in South Carolina with an artist mother, she's been drawing and painting since she can remember. Upon graduating college with a degree in Architecture in 2007 from Clemson University, she moved to New Orleans where she draws inspiration from the vibrancy of the city and works as a full-time artist. 

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1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Children’s Authors Tent 2
Book Talk
The Mermaids of New Orleans

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Mermaids of New Orleans

Illustrations and rhyming text introduce some of the mermaids who, for centuries, have lived in a city beneath the Mississippi River, visiting New Orleans each year on Mardi Gras.


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