Swamp Pop Sodas launches poster series to benefit coastal restoration

LAFAYETTE, La. – In partnership with New Orleans-based artist Nora Patterson, Swamp Pop Sodas is launching a new art series featuring Patterson’s hand-painted images of Louisiana’s diverse plants and animals alongside the retro-inspired bottles of Louisiana’s own Swamp Pop Sodas.

All proceeds from the sales of the prints and the original illustrations will be donated to Louisiana coastal restoration efforts. Online sales will begin on March 14th, 2018 with one poster design added to the online store at www.drinkswamppop.com each week through April 18th, 2018.

The original works will be available for sale online as well as in person during Festival International de Louisiane  in Downtown Lafayette beginning April 25th, 2018.

“As a Louisiana-grown company, we have always been inspired by the natural beauty of our state and by the incredible talent of Louisiana artists like Nora Patterson,” said John Petersen, co-founder of Swamp Pop Sodas. “Through this art series, we want to not only pay tribute to our beautiful surroundings, but also support the discovery and stewardship of those surroundings by future generations through our support of Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts.”

All proceeds from the sales of the posters will go to support coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana.

According to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, since 1900, Louisiana has lost more than 1 million acres of wetlands and barrier shoreline as a result of natural processes and human activity. Louisiana's coastal wetlands stand on the verge of collapse.

In the past 50 years, more than 1500 square miles of coastal Louisiana have been lost. Without immediate and decisive action, Louisiana stands to lose an additional 1000 square miles of land, an area the size of Rhode Island, by the year 2050.

Each week, starting March 14th and continuing through April 18th, Swamp Pop will launch one design for sale online in a limited edition, festival-style poster print, with the schedule as follows:

  • March 14th: Filé Root Beer

Featuring a Blue Crab and a Sassafras plant, this design makes the connection between Filé root beer and Filé gumbo.Seafood gumbo with Blue Crab is a traditional South Louisiana dish—and Nora’s favorite one at that!

  • March 21st: Jean Lafitte Ginger Ale

A walk through Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve inspired the use of colorful Louisiana Iris, the Louisiana State Wildflower, for this illustration. The cucumber vine was a staple in Nora’s mom’s vegetable garden growing up and she would often find Green Tree Frogs hiding in the leaves while picking fresh cucumbers.

  • March 28th: Noble Cane Cola

The little Green Heron’s greenish-blue colors inspired this illustration. This unique heron is a solitary bird that stands out from the rest, much like the fig flavors in the Noble Cane Cola.

  • April 4th: Ponchatoula Pop Rouge

The Roseate Spoonbill is Nora’s favorite bird found in the Louisiana wetlands. Its perfectly pink color is easily spotted through the cypress trees in the swamp during breeding season in spring and summer, which also happens to be strawberry season in Louisiana.

  • April 11th: Praline Cream Soda

A Louisiana State Black Bear stands on a bed of pecans, set in a forest full of Palmettos – the leaves used to fan fresh pralines as they were sold in the French Quarter in the early 19th century.

  • April 18th: Satsuma Fizz

The vibrant Purple Gallinule uses its large yellow-orange feet to walk lightly on top of lily pads in the southern Louisiana wetlands. The bright and colorful birds are the perfect complement to the bright yellow-orange satsumas.

 Beginning April 25th, the original, hand-painted editions of the designs will be available for sale both online at www.drinkswamppop.com and on the walls of the new Central Pizza and Bar.


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