Sign up all your favorite children for Printmaking classes this summer with Needham's Summer Explorations! (Sorry, the "Artist Workshop" session is full, but there are still spaces in "Printmaking.") And don't forget to visit artists' locations all around town during Needham Open Studios May 5-6.
Whoops, I've neglected the updates for a while, but there's plenty going on.
1. January 12-15 is the Arisia Convention, at which I will be exhibiting in the Art Show, doing a reading of The Extraordinary Book of Doors with other authors of juvenile SFF, participating in panels exploring writing faith in SFF and use of maps in SFF, and running two printmaking mini-workshops.
2. Registration is now open for my first adult block printmaking classes, run through Needham's community education program in March. Info here.
My Book of Hours is now available on amazon. This Holy Day is a selection of poetry and verses illuminated with block prints. I hope it serves as a reminder and celebration of the sacred all around us, all through the day.
Belated news, but Approved!, the book by Nancy Haines that I illustrated, has been translated and published in Spanish as ˇAprobado!. Very cool!
The Summer Explorations catalogue is now out. Sign up all the children you know for my block printmaking class in July - or one of the other great classes they offer.
UPDATE: this class is now filled. I apologize to those who didn't get a spot. Next summer I hope my schedule will accommodate two sessions again.
This year's main holiday shopping opportunity is the Winter Arts Festival in Needham Town Hall. But of course you can always contact me if you need to meet up to get that perfect gift in time for a holiday visit.
This autumn is going to be a busy one! I was accepted into the juried open studios show at the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center in Dedham in November. The kickoff of the season will be Natick Artists Open Studios in October - please note that I'll be at a new location this year. Go to Where You Can See My Work for the complete list of events.
A new book is out for which I did the illustrations. I used a collage technique instead of my usual relief block printing. Approved! by Nancy Haines is an introduction to Quaker meeting for business, for children, and it's already getting rave reviews in Quaker circles. Check it out!
The Extraordinary Book of Doors has won a Bronze Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, based in the UK. What's cool about this award is that the judging is done by teachers and their students in the classroom, so the books really are being judged by the people who will read them.
I've been expanding my presence in "fandom." This month at Arisia in addition to being in the art show I ran two block printmaking workshops and was on a couple of panels, including one on constructed languages in fiction. Next month I'll have my art on display at Boskone 53 for the first time.
This year Needham Open Studios is collaborating with ArtWeek Boston to offer some special demonstrations and interactive events during the NOS weekend, and I'm one of the artists offering a demonstration and hands-on activity. Come by my location on May 2 at 2:00 to carve and print your own miniature rubber block. You can see all the NOS/ArtWeek Boston events here.
This month I have a show now up at the Lee Road Library in Cleveland Heights. This may be my last show in the Cleveland area before my parents move away and I have no more reason to visit. You can see the work at the library web site.
It's time once again to repeat my ongoing plea: Please remember that we small-time artists rely on our fans to get out the word about our work. If you've enjoyed my artwork and/or my books, here are some ways you might consider helping me. (And thank you for all your wonderful support!)
* If you have a web site, Facebook page, or Twitter account, link to this website.
* Post a review of a book on amazon.com. (My goal is 20 reviews for each book, and I'm still a long way off!)
* If you have a Goodreads account, or another book sharing site, post reviews there, too.
* If you use Etsy, mark my Etsy shop (NydamPrints) as a favorite.
* Ask your local library to add my books to their collection.
* Lend my books, check them out from your local library, recommend them to your friends.
* And, of course, if you know anyone who might like my art or books, tell them about me!
I was honored to be interviewed this month for the "Behind the Key" feature at Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society for the liberal arts and sciences. In my interview I explain why I think a liberal education is so vital for living in this world with curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity.
See the whole piece here.
The Extraordinary Book of Doors gets more good press: a great review on the blog FanGirlNation, and Charlotte Taylor's review was featured in the September/October issue of Shelf Unbound's Middle Shelf. (It's under the "Best of the Book Blogs" segment.)
And now school has just begun and I hope to get back to work on new art and writing!
The Extraordinary Book of Doors got a really nice review on the blog Charlotte's Library. This blog is where I go for ideas on read-alouds as well as what to recommend to P and T for independent reading. We've discovered some real treasures here, so I'm absolutely delighted to have been featured amid such great company!
Comments? Questions? Stories about where my art and books are ending up? Write to me! firstname.lastname@example.org
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