Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Local Illustrator Receives Writer's Residency in NM

Taos, New Mexico has been known for years as a destination that appeals to artists and writers alike.  Cincinnati based artist and illustrator Amy Bogard has been taking students to Taos as part of her Illuminated Travel Journal workshop each summer.  While there this past June, Amy applied for and was granted a residency opportunity to return to Taos next winter to work on some of her own projects outside of teaching.

It's been a life long goal of Amy's to create children's picture books for publication and this Writer-In-Residence opportunity at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House will afford her the time and space to focus on two book ideas she has had brewing for some time.  Amy's intrepid traveling hamster character Ginger Small has had a small but devoted fan base for some time and these weeks in Taos will help pull years of images and ideas into a solid story.

The other story features some of Amy's whimsical sheep and a small rabbit who counts them.
Amy is accepting donations to help offset the cost of the trip.  Lodging and a small stipend have been graciously offered by the folks at the Mabel Dodge House, but New Mexico is a far away place!  You can read more about Amy's plans and see more of her work at her website: www.amybogard.com 

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