“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.”
James McNeil Whistler
Ashtabula_The Lakeshore Artists’ meeting is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the Ashtabula Arts Center. The new officers will begin their term. Taylor White is our president, Will West is our vice-president, Christine Vandervort returns as secretary and Rosemary Bennett returns as treasurer.
Renowned childrens author and Pulitzer nominee Burton Cole is our guest speaker for the evening. He will be discussing what is involved when the author and illustrator come together to create a book where the story and images work together and compliment each other.
We welcome the public to our meeting to enjoy Mr. Cole’s presentation.
In “real life,” the Conneaut High School and Kent State University graduate is the features editor at the Tribune Chronicle daily newspaper in Warren. He previously was on writing and editing staff with the Star Beacon in Ashtabula. His award-winning humor column, “Burt’s Eye View,” a slice-of-life look at dads, diets, weird science and the quirkiness of the human condition that first appeared in the Star Beacon in 1993 and was added to the Tribune Chronicle in 1996.
Coles’ debut novel, “Bash and the Pirate Pig” (2013), was a finalist for the 2014 Selah Award for Best Children’s Book. “Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper” (2014) won the 2015 Selah Award as Best Novel for Middle Grade Readers. The third book, “Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows” (2015) was released May 1. He is writing the fourth novel in the series, “Bash and the Daring Duck Disaster.”
Coles’ first two novels were illustrated by former Disney animator Tom Bancroft, who was the lead designer of Mushu the dragon in the film “Mulan,” and who worked on other Disney features such as “Beauty and the Beast.” In the third book Buddy Lewis, also a former Disney artist, picked up illustrator duties using Tom’s character sheets.
Burt tells it this way: “I am halfway decent at drawing, so with my first book, I pitched the idea that I do my own illustrations to my publisher at B&H Kids. I sent in sketches. He said they were nice, but that he had a former Disney animator and Big Idea illustrator Tom Bancroft in mind for the covers and the 12 interior line drawings. He sent me Tom ideas for the book. It was absolutely no contest. ‘Yeah, let’s go with Tom,’ I said. It was awesome.”
Mr. Cole will have copies of his books available for purchase after his presentation at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2829 W. 13th St., Ashtabula, Ohio.