Laurie Keller, Story Teller: Illustrations for Snory Fellers 

April 17-June 27, 2014

at Nuveen Community Center for the Arts 

Explore the wacky world of author and illustrator Laurie Keller at the newest Nuveen Community Center for the Arts exhibit. Originally curated by the Muskegon Museum of Art, “Laurie Keller, Story Teller: Illustrations for Snory Fellers” is now on display in the White Lake area. 

The free exhibit showcases the whimsical illustrations of Muskegon native, Laurie (Quail) Keller, unveiling the process of turning a beginning idea and a handful of sketches into a final publication. See original paintings and concept art from many of her zany books, including Arnie, the Doughnut, Grandpa Gazillion’s Number Yard, Do Unto Otters, and The Scrambled States of America. Visitors may add their own delightful creations to the Delicious Doughnut Design Digest, read one of six Laurie Keller books on display, assemble the Scrambled States jigsaw puzzle, or simply write witty captions on the interactive illustration panels in the adjacent Arts Council of White Lake office. 

As a child, Laurie Keller loved drawing and writing but didn’t realize then that she could grow up to become an author or illustrator. After graduating from Mona Shores High School, Laurie considered a major in education or dance but after being inspired by an exhibit at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, she enrolled there the following fall. 

Upon graduation she took a job as an illustrator with Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO. She wrote her first story, The Scrambled States of America, while in Kansas City before moving to New York to find an interested publisher. She soon received a call from Christy Ottaviano at Henry Holt and Company telling her that they wanted to publish her book. The two of them hit it off right away and have worked on all of Laurie's books together. Laurie loved living in New York City but has moved back to the "Mitten State" where she now lives, writes and illustrates at her lakeshore cottage in North Muskegon. 

“Laurie Keller, Story Teller: Illustrations for Snory Fellers” will be on display at the Nuveen Center through June 27 and can be viewed Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free, courtesy of a sponsorship by Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning.

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