Imaginative Art Showcased in The Incredible Gourd

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Freddie Watson Dunlap’s New coffee table book will be featured at the American Association of School Librarians Book Exhibit

A lover of art and photography, author Freddie Watson Dunlap applies this passion as she shares The Incredible Gourd. Made available through Xlibris, this full color picture book will delight art aficionados and antique collectors.

The gourd is an inedible fruit with a hard shell that can be used as a container. Since it cannot be eaten, it has often been transformed into art. The Incredible Gourd is a vibrant coffee table book filled with photos of artistically designed gourds of various sizes, designs, and color. From tall and short to big and small, these gourds are psychedelic with designs that are creative, pushing the boundaries of art and imagination. Fans of art and photography will enjoy this work. This book will make an excellent addition to anyone’s personal library.

The Incredible Gourd will be featured at the American Association of School Librarians Book Exhibit in Minneapolis, MN on October 26-30, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Freddie Watson Dunlap lives in Kermit, Texas, but is a true New Mexican at heart. She was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. She lived in New Mexico until her family moved to California in 1942 where her Dad went to work in the Ship yards. In 1945, they started back to New Mexico, but stopped on their way in Kermit, Texas where her father found a job working at the new school they were building. They were certain they had come to the end of the world. They had come to Kermit to become hermits. The author and her siblings did not like it at all. However, when school started and they made new friends, it proved to be not too bad. They stayed in Kermit till the end of 1952, when they moved to Jal, New Mexico, eighteen miles away - for their father to work for El Paso Natural Gas Company. That same year, the author also started working for El Paso Natural Gas Company in the Stenographic /payroll dept. While working there, she met her husband-to-be, Roy Watson, whom she married in January of 1955. They raised their three children in Jal and they went on to college in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1970, Roy was in an industrial accident at the El Paso Natural Gas Goldsmith Plant, which left him a paraplegic. He died in December of 1991. In January of 1992, the author moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to work in the Round House for the New Mexico Legislature where she worked for three sessions. In December 1994, after a whirlwind courtship she married Ken Dunlap, a widower and former classmate from Kermit High School. They are now back in Kermit, Texas.

The Incredible Gourd * by Freddie Watson Dunlap
Publication Date: June 3, 2011
Picture Book; $51.99; 94 pages; 978-1-4568-7571-8
Picture Book Hardcover; $61.99; 94 pages; 978-1-4568-7572-5

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