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"Spellbound Spelling Bee," acrylic on paper

Appleton to Host Children's Book Illustrator Christie

Dec. 10, 2013

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will display the work of award-winning children’s book illustrator and Artist-in-Residence R. Gregory Christie Feb. 1 through April 27.

Christie, who owns and operates Gas Art Gifts Bookstore and Art studio in Decatur, Ga., has illustrated more than 40 books in the past 17 years. He is participating in the museum’s Artist-in-Residency program this spring.

To open the exhibit, Christie will unveil a mural he created specifically for the Appleton, using the museum’s collection as inspiration. The mural may be viewed Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-3 p.m. during the museum’s First Saturday event. Families are invited to participate in a hands-on art activity with Christie at that time.

Christie won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration for his first book, “The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children.” His book “Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth” was selected as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

Several of Christie’s illustrations were selected to be included in the Appleton’s 2012 exhibit “Sendak and Co.: Children’s Book Illustrations Since ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’” The exhibit is currently traveling to other museums and libraries. 

As part of his residency with the museum, Christie will present a workshop on bookmaking and illustration to students at Howard Middle School Jan. 30 and 31.

For more information about Christie’s work, visit www.gas-art.com.

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

In addition, the Appleton Museum of Art offers a permanent collection of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.

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