[kids-lib] Summer Reading Program, 2011 - Artist suggestions

Childrens Librarians oregon.srp09 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 24 11:38:21 PDT 2009

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Good Day,
Here are the suggestions I received for the artist for the 2011 Summer Reading Program. The 2011 theme is World Culture and Travel. 
The suggested artists are: Lois Ehlert, Marjorie Priceman, Carolyn Garcia, Jan Brett, Patricia Storms, and Rafael Lopez. (Read the suggestions at the bottom of this message)
If you have any other suggestions to make this is your last chance. 
Suggestions must include:
1. Artists name 
2. Some information about the artist 
3. A link to online examples of their work, and 
4. A brief statement explaining why they would create fabulous World Culture and Travel art. 
Please send one email per artist recommendation to: oregon.srp09 at yahoo..com
Deadline is Friday, March 27th @ 5:00 pm.
This is a “Pie in the Ky” choice, but Lois Ehlert would be an awesome SRP artist I think. 
Market Day
A Story Told with Folk Art
Lois Ehlert 
Marjorie Priceman, author/illustrator of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World 
“Marjorie Priceman is the award winning author and illustrator of many picture books. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she made her debut in 1989 with Friend or Frog. 
Marjorie's illustrations enliven many fantastic stories through her use of bright watercolors and free flowing lines. In 1995, she won the Caldecott Honor for Zin! Zin! A Violin. The School Library Journal reviewed her work as "an inspired assortment of characters, who pose, prance, and float across the page and stage… the rich, swirling background colors change with each double-page spread. 
Using softer lines and more muted hues than usual, Marjorie illustrated Katie Couric's debut novel The Brand New Kid in 2000. In this story, "the artist captures a full gamut of emotion, particularly in the crabby faces of taunting classmates and a beaming portrait of Lazlo at the moment he makes his first real friend." (From the School Library Journal, 2000). 
After a sabbatical, Marjorie is right back to work on some new stories. Her next book, due out in the spring of 2004 is Katie Couric's second book entitled The Blue Ribbon Day. “ 
>From http://www.storybookart.com/meet_mpriceman.html
Carolyn Garcia 
Carolyn works at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library in Circulation and also as an on-call library assistant. She does Story Stop in the Children’s Library and is in the process of being trained for age-specific storytimes. She’s the author/illustrator of the book Moonboy.
You can see examples of her work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/7373968@N04/sets/72157603690331370/ 

Her work is available for sale at Crafty Wonderland and she will be having a show at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem in November.
I love Carolyn’s art! Whether it’s drawn with a Bic pen or full color, her detailed drawings and paintings make me smile and would catch the eye of any child at who comes to a library. Any of her creations would be ready to travel the world!
Artist's Name: Jan Brett http://www.janbrett.com/biography.htm 
Something About the Artist: According to Ms. Brett's biography she has over 34 million books in print. Her work is widely recognized, and many of her stories are based in other countries. Her work includes The Umbrella, Hedgie's Surprise and Berlioz the Bear. 
Link to Jan Brett's work: http://www.janbrett.com/index.html 
Why Ms. Brett is perfect for World Culture and Travel: Ms. Brett's biography acknowledges that her art is inspired by the countries she visits, and she finds travel a "constant inspiration." Ms. Brett's work has an intricate look and an international feel that is perfect for our world and travel theme. 
Patricia Storms 
Additional information and online examples available here:  http://www..stormsillustration.com/ 
I’m recommending Patricia because of her unique ability to depict all races as delightful cartoons (see examples online) AND because she writes the Booklust Blog! 
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman.  Not sure if she is illustrator, but great pics.  
Suggestions must include: 
1. Artists name Rafael López. 
2. Some information about the artist 
The work of Rafael López is a fusion of strong graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. Influenced by Mexican surrealism, dichos and myths he developed a style with roots in these traditions.
His international clients includes Amnesty International, Apple, Chicago Tribune, Harper Collins, IBM, Intel, Los Angeles Times, the Grammy Awards, and World Wildlife Fund to name a few. His work has been selected into multiple juried shows and his children's books have won 2 Americas Awards and a Pura Belpre Honor.. His 2008 poster Voz Unida was selected by the Obama/Biden campaign as an official poster at Artists for Obama. The Latino dance stamp he created for the United States Postal Services was featured on the cover of the commemorative stamp yearbook in 2006 and at a special exhibition at the Smithsonian called Trendsetters. His 2007 U.S.P.S. stamp celebrated an important legal case in equality of education called Mendez vs. Westminster .
He envisioned and led the Urban Art Trail Project that transformed San Diego 's blighted East Village with colorful murals, sculptures and art installations and serves as a model of urban renewal that has been implemented in cities around the nation.
Rafael divides his time between his studios in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende , Mexico and a loft in downtown San Diego where he works and lives with his wife and son.
3.. A link to online examples of their work, http://www.rafaellopez.com/#/books 

4. A brief statement explaining why they would create fabulous World Culture and Travel art. His art is beautiful, bright, appeals to both children and adults. Because of his Mexican heritage and influences he provides a broad  perspective. 

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