December 17, 2009

25 YEARS ~ Andrea Mistretta

Andrea Mistretta rightfully lays claim to the longest running and most successful Mardi Gras poster series in the storied history of the event. She has captured the elusive spirit of the celebration in a way that sets her work apart.”
Arthur Hardy,
author of Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide

Although my favorite "Mistretta" is of the Madonna and Christ-child, I do absolutely love ALL of her work.

I was SO happy to receive this press release kit and simply HAD to share it with you!! Andrea's art is perfect for gifts OR decorating your home or office space. I sincerely think she is an icon. ENJOY!

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A celebration of the Mardi Gras experience, this collection of vibrant posters contains dozens of iconic Carnival memories from renowned artist Andrea Mistretta. Glimmering like colored jewels against the book’s velvety black background, the posters all contain a variety of New Orleans symbols embed-ded in the fantastical images. Bright beads, second-line pa-rade-goers, celestial imagery, and nods to the tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians are among the nuanced figures within the thematic designs.

Rendered in an unforgettable and flamboyant style, Mistretta’s poster series stands as a Mardi Gras tradition that has delighted locals and tourists alike since 1985. Created for lovers of New Orleans, art collectors, and Mardi Gras aficionados, this beautiful volume gathers all of the posters in the series–including those rare and out of print editions–for the first time to stunning effect.

ART / Techniques / Airbrush
96 pp. 9 x 12 14 color photos 33 color illus.
ISBN-13: 9781589807785 $19.95

―Mistretta’s mastery and command of her medium puts her head and shoulders over would be competitors.★
—–Blaine Kern, Artist/Designer, Mardi Gras World, New Orleans

Review Copies Available

To request a review copy or to arrange an interview, contact Katie Szadziewicz at 504-368-1175 x 331 or Katie at

For sales inquiries, contact sales at
25th Anniversary Collection

Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street
Gretna, LA 70053
504-368-1175, ext. 331 (o)
504-368-1195 (f)
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Andrea Mistretta

An award-winning artist and graphic designer, Andrea Mistretta has worked in the commercial art industry since 1979. Her clients have included ABC, NBC, and Forbes Magazine, and she is the recipient of the prestigious Alberto Vargas Award, among other awards from the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Club. While she specializes in poster design, her artwork has appeared on products including stationery, giftware, home décor, apparel, and jigsaw puzzles.

Devoted to promoting a positive image of New Orleans and Mardi Gras, Mistretta designed tribute postage stamps depicting local Jazz favorites such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and King Oliver. She donates a portion of her proceeds of the sales from her Mardi Gras poster series and book to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Mayor Sidney Barthelemy conferred the title of “Honorary Citizen” on her.

A member of her community’s historical society and an avid environmentalist, Mistretta is the founder of the Italian American Social Club and the designer of the local Veteran’s Plaza where she resides in Waldwick, New Jersey, with her husband, Perry.

For more information, visit Andrea on the web at

Andrea is available for appearances. To book the author for a talk or autographing, contact sales at Author’s Hometown:Waldwick, NJ

By Andrea Mistretta

―As the essence of New Orleans culture became scattered after Katrina, the imagery of Mistretta’s posters retains a piece of heritage both in New Orleans and scattered throughout the world.★
Charles Neville, Musical Artist / Composer

―I am a designer for Universal Studios Orlando and we have Andrea’s posters hanging throughout our offices. Andrea’s images have come to represent Mardi Gras. The event, the art and the artist are one.★
Kim Gromoll, Artist / Designer, Universal Studios Orlando

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