Give the gift of reading! And be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud, like Maya Angelou said. If you want your copy of “Eggie’s Adventures at Poe Cottage” you better get it now! Just a few hours left to pre-order to get your bundle before the holidays. Rendition to the mural I did during the summer for Uptown Grand Central
I got the tote bags yesterday! They are looking great. I hope you like them. If you didn't select one during your pledge but you want one, you can do it either, changing the pledge or through the add on option once the campaign finishes and you finalize your order. Stay cool everyone!
Kickstarter campaign is almost over! Get your book now!
Bronx Bound Books is a bookstore on wheels aka a bookmobile. It is in the making, and will travel the streets of The Bronx to bring literature to the people. Bronx Bound Books is leaving no community behind. It will be a mobile bookstore able to travel throughout the borough. Especially to neighborhoods where it may be needed the most.
It has been years already, I met Latanya when she was part of the advisory committee of BxArts Factory. SInce then we have collaborated many times. When I was about to launch this Kickstarter campaign I wanted to include the opportunity of people giving back. There is a pledge where you can donate 15 books to Bronx Bound Books and that is accompanied by a book reading and a workshop.
I am going to send them 10 books from the donations I got without a pledge, so follow my lead and help them get some Holiday reading books for the Bronx kids.
On this Sunday morning I wanted to share some pictures of the process of creating the illustrations in this picture book. It takes a long time from the idea and concept until you are happy with the outcome. For the illustrations I tried different mediums and styles, until I found the one it felt right.
To work on the human characters, sometimes I use picture references. For Neil's character I decided to take pictures of myself doing the expressions I was looking for. When you don't have a model, internet can be a resource, but most of the times it takes longer to find those images than taking the picture yourself. I knew exactly what pose I was looking for, so it was a quick thing to do. After that I used those pictures to make sure the characters had a "natural" appearance.
Let me know if you have any questions about the process!!
Hello all! I want to share this raffle that will be available for 10 days, until the end of my Kickstarter campaign. Each dollar you donate will enter in a raffle giveaway contest where you can get:
-A signed board book
-A limited edition tote bag
-A holiday card bundle designed by me
-An Eggie inspired scarf made by @black_kat_krochet
Go now to tinyurl.com/Eggieraffle to get your tickets!! They start in $1
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that believed in this project and in me. We made it! We are fully funded and this book will be published!!
We still have 15 days ahead of us, so now we need to make it to the stretch goal. If we make it to $10,000 I will do a limited edition of books in Spanish. I am really looking forward this, let's make it possible!
"Eggie's Adventures at Poe Cottage" A Picture BookWith this picture book, children will learn about perseverance while discovering the Museum of Edgar Allan Poe located in the Bronx, NY.
The story is about a little squirrel named Eggie who is quite interested in the history of the cottage. He learns that his great grandfather was actually Edgar Allan Poe's best friend, which makes him want to be a helper to Neil, who is the caretaker of the house. Instead of helping, he keeps getting into trouble; until the day when Neil goes to the city and completely forgets he had a group of children coming to visit the cottage. Eggie steps up, and of course, saves the day! Thus the story is about not only the history of the cottage, but persistence as well; because if we don't get it right the first time, that doesn't mean it won't end up well, especially if we try something different...
"Eggie’s Adventures at Poe Cottage" is a precious little picture book that seeks to encourage curiosity about the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and the famous writer and poet who lived in the borough of the Bronx around the mid-19th century.
I think it is very important to cultivate a sense of pride about our neighborhoods. The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is a staple for tourists, but for the local population it is just a little landmark cottage at the edge of Poe Park. The goal of this book is to engage the imaginations of locals and tourists alike about the history of Edgar Allan Poe and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.
I was given the opportunity to create another mural at the Uptown Grand Scale Project. This time I choose part of a Maya Angelou's poem that really resonates with me and the moment we live in now.
Life is tough and we all need someone else’s help sometimes to get out of the dark cloud. So, "Be a Rainbow in Someone Else's Cloud"
ArtTime Episode 4 is premiering on Saturday, March 20th at 2pm!!! This is a collaboration project between BxArts Factory and BronxNet Television! A Monthly docu-series of episodes featuring local Bronx artists telling their stories and teaching you their craft!
You can watch March's episode with artist Laura Alvarez on BronxNet Bx OMNI channels Optimum 67 and 2133 on Verizon!
Streaming Online at BronxNet.tv/watch
BxArts Factory's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/bxartsfactory
A few months back I was contacted by one of the curators to see if I was interested in showing the #GreenThumbProject sketches in an upcoming show. This project started a s way of forcing myself to take a few minutes a day to draw a plant (just because I don't have that real life green thumb).
Thank you Rejin and all the staff that made this possible!
February 4–March 20, 2021
On view online and at JCAL
Miller Gallery by appointment only.
March 18, 2021, 6PM
via JCAL Youtube - RSVP
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is excited to partner with the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA) to present Process → Project: What Comes Out of Our Sketchbooks, curated by Rejin Leys and Damali Abrams.
In this exhibition, the curators invited members of SEQAA and guest artists from outside Southeast Queens to show pages from their sketchbooks and other works that show different aspects of the creative process. At a time when many people ask “How did we get here?” with regard to the current cultural moment, there is a general desire to analyze and retrace one’s steps. Though at the intimate scale of individual art-making, Leys and Abrams provide a platform for artists to reveal the building blocks and sometimes nonlinear routes that are travelled as they arrive at their final works.
Curatorial Statement: "Sketchbooks provide a behind the scenes look at the artistic process. In their sketches, artists test out ideas, record observations, practice skills, and plan future projects. This exhibition will present sketches, both loose and bound, by working artists with diverse practices: writing, painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture, and paper-making. The shared act of sketching unites them.
Opening an artist's sketchbook can become a journey inside the artist's mind. Often representing intimate encounters with their thinking process, this invitation to experience such uninhibited experimentation is usually limited to those close to the artist, if at all. Public access to sketchbooks often become available only after the artist has died.
An exhibition of living artists’ sketchbooks provides perhaps more than a studio visit since multiple approaches to ideas are recorded that introduces the artist's practice and highlights the conscious work executed behind the scenes."
Featured artists: Damali Abrams, Laura Alvarez, Natali Bravo-Barbee, Ify Chiejina, Cecile Chong, Sherese Francis, iliana emilia garcia, Janet Olivia Henry, Jacqueline Herranz Brooks, Heather Holden, Marvenia Knight, Naomi Kuo, Rejin Leys, Carla Lobmier, Angela Miskis, Shervone Neckles, Selime Okuyan, Shenna Vaughn, Elizabeth Velazquez, and Lisa Wade.
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