Opportunity for artists: Visual storytelling for fall book festival!

An invitation was sent out in early April and a number of you have responded so we are moving forward on our plan to gather works illustrating Janisse Ray's book "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood." Ms. Ray is the keynote speaker at this fall's Allatoona Book Festival, to be held at the Roberts Community Center Oct. 7-9.

Carol Allegood raised the initial idea (see images below) from a book festival in which the local artists read the book that was the primary focus of the festival and each offered his or her own visual interpretation and/or takeaway from the book. The works were part of the festival and served to greatly enhance the 'story-telling' component which is of course part and parcel to what we are trying to accomplish.

Ray's book is listed on Amazon at less than $5 at last check (used) so the price should not be prohibitive.

Your works will be displayed during the festival. The Acworth Cultural Arts Center will determine which works are displayed if there are too many for our available space — our intent is to exhibit a diverse representation of area talent! The works will be limited to no more than 28x36 in size, and must be in to me via jpg by August 15. You may choose whatever medium or image from the book that you like and your works will be offered for sale if you wish.

It need not be a realistic depiction of course, but whatever the book causes you to 'see' that you would like to illustrate. All works must be available for purchase and the usual 30% commission for the ACAC will be expected but those funds will go to the Allatoona Book Festival. No entry fee, no prizes. Just exposure and a great opportunity for collaboration with our writers!

Questions, please let me know -- this could be great fun and a chance to raise the visibility of the arts here in Acworth!

Ellen Kennerly, Executive Director, Acworth Cultural Arts Center

 

 

Janisse Ray is the keynote speaker at the Allatoona Book Festival Oct. 7-9. Area artists are illustrating from her book to add to the 'story-telling' experience at the festival. Their works will be displayed at the festival venue and will be offered for sale.

Janisse Ray is the keynote speaker at the Allatoona Book Festival Oct. 7-9. Area artists are illustrating from her book to add to the 'story-telling' experience at the festival. Their works will be displayed at the festival venue and will be offered for sale.

Left and above, clips from the book festival in Lake Oswego, Ore., that Carol Allegood brought to us, initiating this project!

Left and above, clips from the book festival in Lake Oswego, Ore., that Carol Allegood brought to us, initiating this project!