Illustrators bring their storytelling craft to Long Lake

LONG LAKE Organizers are calling Mondays event at Long Lake Central School a must-see for children and adults alike. Long Lake Library is hosting a unique program geared for all ages.

On Monday a dynamic husband-wife team of childrens storybook illustrators will present three highly entertaining and inspiring workshops for children and adults at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Long Lake Central School.

Christopher Canyon is an award winning artist and musician. He has established a notable career in the field of childrens literature and most recently adapted and illustrated several of John Denvers songs as childrens picture books. Sunshine on My Shoulders 2003/ (Dawn Publications) received the Benjamin Franklin Award for best-illustrated picture book of the year. The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and The American Library Association have praised his art and books.

Christophers wife, Jeannette is also an award winning childrens book illustrator. She is known for her incredibly beautiful and highly detailed polymer clay illustrations featured in such books as Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes (Dawn Publications, 2004) and City Beats: A Hip-Hoppy Pigeon Poem written by S. Kelly Rammell. The book, Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef has been the recipient of rave reviews, earning Jeanette the prestigious 2005 Marion Vannett Ridgeway Honor Book Award in recognition of Jeannettes outstanding debut in the world of childrens picture books. This book also garnered a 2005 National Parenting Publications Award gold medal and Learning Magazines 2006 Teachers choice award for best childrens book.

The three presentations will provide audience participants with the experience of learning how manuscripts end up as finished books by viewing the creative processes and amazing polymer clay techniques and other media which bring the books to life. The Canyons unique style of presenting the visual arts, music, writing, and storytelling promises to delight and inspire the viewer.

The Canyons live in historic German Village, Columbus, Ohio with their furry, feline children.

This event is made possible due to a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

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