StoryTime - A Journey in Color: The Art of Ellis Wilson

Saturday, May 20 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Art Museum, Art Museum Combo
405 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40506-0241 Art Museum is housed inside Singletary Center for the Arts

The UK Art Museum is delighted to host author Jayne Moore Waldrop for a storytime event featuring her new book A Journey in Color: The Art of Ellis Wilson. Waldrop will conduct a read-a-loud of the book in the Museum's ground floor gallery, followed by an opportunity for participants to create an original collage based on the works of Ellis Wilson.Children of all ages are welcome to participate. This event is free to attend and all craft materials will be provided. When registering, please include the total number of children and accompanying adults who will be in attendance.About the book:A Journey in Color: The Art of Ellis Wilson tells the story of a young man’s determined path to become a classically trained artist. Growing up in rural Kentucky in the early twentieth century, Wilson needed to convince his family and neighbors that art was a path worth pursuing. And he had to find an art school that judged him for his talent and not for the color of his skin. How Wilson saw the world influenced his vibrant, groundbreaking art, as well as the lifelong pursuit of his dream “to paint all the time—everything of interest and beauty.”The narrative includes Wilson’s own words, gleaned from his Guggenheim Fellowship applications and his personal papers archived at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. A Journey in Color: The Art of Ellis Wilson is beautifully illustrated in watercolors by Nashville artist Michael McBride to reflect Wilson's era and his artistic journey.About the author:Jayne Moore Waldrop is a Kentucky writer and attorney. She is the author of Drowned Town (University Press of Kentucky 2021), an INDIES Book of the Year Award silver winner in fiction, and of Retracing My Steps (2019) and Pandemic Lent: A Season in Poems (2021), both published by Finishing Line Press. This is her debut children’s book.

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