I just found out that my poster won the Lerner Books “Make Learning Colorful” poster contest which I submitted for the Library. Allerton Public Library received copies of Lerner’s two new Crayola series (10 books) and $500 in Crayola art supplies. The new books will be on the shelf this winter to help inspire all the budding artists and the Crayola supplies will help spice up the kids crafts. https://lernerbooks.blog/2017/11/announcing-crayola-poster-contest-winner.html
Here’s my Mini Tree Submission for the MAAC 2nd Annual Mini Tree Festival.
“Buttoned Up” is a mixed media painting that includes a pastel tree, glitter (of course), and embellished buttons for ornaments. All crowned with an old broach that has always reminded me of a Christmas Star. You can’t see all the glitter in the picture but in person it is fabulously sparkly.
I was asked to provide Storytime sessions for the younger kids at the Monticello Elementary Reading Night on November 16th. I had a great time and saw a lot of familiar faces at the 3 sessions that evening. Plus they let me promote my new book “Who’s In the Woods?”
The Fu Dog Painting Class on January 18 was a great, mid-week break from the dreary winter rains. The students had a great time and several picked up ceramic Fu Dogs from Allerton House after the painting class.
I’m participating in the Square Art Monticello event this Friday, July 1 from 5-8pm on the square in Monticello. Stop by if you’re going to the First Friday Film or just in the downtown area.
I recently held a class for ~20 participants on peony painting in the garden of Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, IL. The Monticello Area Arts Council approached me about the event and I wasn’t sure about the setting and how it would go. I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm and willingness of the painters. They seemed to have such a good time, from the inexperienced to those who painted without guidance. Quite a fun night!