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2:00 pm - Art, Books, and Dreams: Children’s Author Award Celebration

November 6, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for a celebration of the Alice Curtis Desmond Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature honoring bestselling author/illustrator duo, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney. The event will feature an interactive presentation with Andrea and Brian, an art demonstration on scratchboard illustration, and refreshments including hot chocolate, donuts and more! This family-friendly event is free and open to all. Split Rock Books will have books available for purchase and signing.

About Andrea Davis Pinkney

Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney is best known for her biographies about extraordinary African-Americans. She has written more than 20 books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Duke Ellington, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award; and Alvin Ailey, a Parenting Publication Gold medal winner.

About Brian Pinkney

Acclaimed artist Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums, and Duke Ellington . He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and his two children.

Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators.

About Scratchboard Illustration

Brian uses the “scratchboard” technique to create many of his illustrations. Rather than adding black lines or paint to a white canvas or paper, he subtracts; it’s almost like drawing in reverse. Starting with a white board covered in black ink, Brian uses sharp tools to scratch away the ink to expose the white board below, creating white lines that emerge to form the image he is trying to portray. He adds the color last, using a new technique by tinting the black-and-white images with Luma dyes, then painting on top of that with acrylic paint.



November 6, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Desmond-Fish Public Library
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