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Flambeau to debut wall art in Dallas

FlambeauThe Dodger by Garland Robinette
Lighting, accessories and accent furniture manufacturer Flambeau Lighting announced it will expand into the wall art category at the upcoming Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, to be held Jan. 16-22.

Flambeau's debut wall art collection will include gallery wrapped giclées from some of New Orleans' most prolific and renowned artists, according to a press release.

"I have long been a fan of the fabulous artwork originating out of New Orleans, especially artist Garland Robinette," said Joseph McKearn, company president. "After discussing a program with him, we shared the idea with the company's Facebook fans on our brand page and the response was sensational. As a result we became extremely encouraged to launch an introductory collection from Garland first."

Flambeau's initial wall art launch will consist of up to six different giclées from Robinette's popular collections of hand painted originals including "The Dodger," one of McKearn's favorites. Other titles from Robinette that are part of the initial launch include his "Woman of the Storm," "Earth, Wind & Fire," "Love Song" and "Indian 2."

"Garland Robinette's remarkable biography is fascinating to all familiar with New Orleans and to all in the art world. He considers that he has lived with an angel on his shoulder since he was a mere child when he was adopted at 4 years old. His life and his continual reinvention of his role in his life is both inspiring and rousing. He believes that ‘his angel' has guided him and protected him for decades through early childhood and as a young man serving in Vietnam," the press release states.

Robinette's career has ranged from being a janitor in a Mississippi River refinery to becoming a television news anchor to receiving his first artist's portrait commission, when he was selected to paint the portrait of Pope John Paul II during the Pope's one and only visit to New Orleans.

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