The Harlow Gallery is pleased to announce it has booked its first-ever event to spotlight Kennebec Valley Art Association members who are also published authors and/or illustrators.
On Saturday, April 9th from 1-3pm, the public is cordially invited to stop by the Harlow to meet these talented creative entrepreneurs and see their work. Represented will be a diverse range of published volumes of fiction and nonfiction for all ages– from puffins to poetry, from fantasy to real life adventures, from picturebooks to memoirs to DIY [do-it-yourself].
For example, Deva Fagan is the author of two humorous fantasy adventure novels for ‘tweens and teens, including ‘Fortune’s Folly’, a Maine Student Book Award nominee for 2010-2011 and a third young adult title forthcoming this year.
Longtime Hallowell resident and avid traveler, Katy Perry, will feature various books she has written for children and adult readers, including ‘Gardens are for Looking’, ‘My Grandmother Wears Crazy Hats’, and ‘Pieces of Earth’ –stories of Ireland, Maine, and Prince Edward Island.
Incorporating over 30 years of extensive personal experience, Jeff Romano has written and photo-illustrated two books for seasoned and would-be hikers, in Maine and throughout New England.
Artist and art educator Sandra Leinonen Dunn will be showcasing several children’s books that she has illustrated, including most recently ‘Pablo Visits the Desert’, a children’s story about a penguin who ventures beyond his own habitat, authored by Mary Wisham Fentermacher; as well as ‘The Henhouse’ and ‘Live Bale of Hay’, both written by Carol Dean.
And Hallowell artist photographer Nancy McGinnis will offer ‘Nothin’ but Puffins’, a charming little book bursting with her colorful, whimsical images of these “parrot clowns” of the Atlantic, captured on a unforgettable summer day off the coast of downeast Maine. Our Facebook event picture is from this book of course!
Other local celebrity authors and illustrators taking part will include Jenn Greenleaf, the Pond Town Poets, and Ruth and Ted Bookey. All of the authors and illustrators will have copies of their books available for sale, and will be happy to sign or even personally inscribe them on request, for special gift giving.
“We’re excited to showcase some of our members in a different light, while exploring another avenue for the KVAA to celebrate, support and nurture the creative economy in our community,” said Harlow Gallery assistant director Nancy Barron.
The Harlow’s spring member art exhibition, featuring two- and three- dimensional works in various media by KVAA members, will also be in full swing when the “Meet our Authors & Illustrators” event takes place. Both events are open to the public, and all are cordially welcome.