Art exhibit and reception at the Cedar Rapids campus library!

The Juggler written by Jeannette Hopkins, illustrations by Stormy Mochal

Exhibit: April 6-20

Artist: Stormy Mochal

Featured: illustrations from the book The Juggler
written by Jeannette Hopkins
published by Ice Cube Press

Reception with author Jeanette Hopkins and illustrator Stormy Mochal
April 6, 3:00-5:00pm

About the Author:
Jeanette Hopkins has been a classroom and environmental educator for over twenty years.  She began her teaching career in a class one “rural” school and most recently taught at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.  She is a past member of the Iowa Writing Project Advisory Board and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist.  She has a keen appreciation for the delight young readers have for rhythm, rhyme and repetition and hopes that readers of all ages will appreciate the inclusion of such in her books, The LadyBug Waltz and The Juggler. For more info click here.

About the Illustrator:
Living and working in Dubuque, Iowa, Stormy continues to be inspired by the ever-changing marvel of Iowa’s country.  Having been an Iowan all her life it only seems natural that each of her images contains a piece of country; farmhouses, starry-laden skies, and birds.

Art is her release from a world full of serious matters.  It is her connection to the inner child, a playful, not-so-serious self.  The images are simple; stars, flowers, people.  Things that make her feel happy, bright colors, coloring book-like outlines, scribbles and birds.  Free flow writing is often present in her work.  The writing is thought turned to form, only to be seen, not meant to be read.

Her ideas and images come from all the life that surrounds her, although her imagination tries to take most of the credit. For more info click here.