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29 August 2012

R. Gregory Christie's IT JES' HAPPENED


I had the pleasure of meeting R. Gregory Christie when Don Tate came in town to celebrate his first book as author (he's usually the illustrator): IT JES' HAPPENED: WHEN BILL TRAYLOR STARTED TO DRAW. There was a Bill Traylor exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and Don and 'Greg' were doing a book signing. We all had dinner the night before and I have to say, I flipped over Greg.
     Not only is he a great guy - he's the real deal - an artist to the core. And I hope all those attending our 2012 Illustrators' Day will get a peek at that when he talks on August 31st at our DeKalb Library.
     We're so lucky that he's moved to Atlanta and is trying to make a difference in our community with his bookstore Gas-Arts in the North DeKalb Mall. Not only does he sell only signed books there, he hopes to turn it into a creative hub for the Atlanta art community.
     Check back this week as I give a shout-out to all of our ILlustrators' Day speakers!

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