Posts in Artist
Diamante Lavendar, Author, Artist, Songwriter

I am an award-winning author of three published books in the genres of inspirational fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. I am also an award-winning artist. I dabble in writing music as well. I write to inspire my readers to find hope, healing and new possibilities in life.

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Jim Petipas, Author, Illustrator, Musician, and Publisher with Boardwalk Books

Jim has always been creating art. When he was a kid he would often be found drawing cars, animals, or boats. Throughout his teen and college years, he was creating music as a drummer in a local band. After college, he worked in the business field for a few years and then went to seminary.

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Dr. Mary R. Massey, Children's Author, Early Childhood Consultant

Dr. Massey believes all children are SMART in their own special way and works with parents and teachers to help them view children through that lens.

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Michael Dooling, Author & Illustrator of Children's Books

Even reluctant readers will join in on the fun. My assembly program is a behind-the-scenes look at creating picture books: how I research extensively at museums and libraries.

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Tony Shavers III, #1 Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Writer, Philanthropist

At 26 years of age, I am a # 1 best-selling author, writing coach, and founder of The Shavers Family Foundation. Pursuing your passion is that everything I've done has been while working full time. The principles that I discuss in the book are lessons we have heard all our life but very rarely does someone take the time to actually ask thought-provoking questions to truly get us to think about our decisions and if we are playing it safe.

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Tom Leonard, Children's Book Illustrator and Author and College Illustration Teacher

Tom Leonard has taught Illustration and History of Illustration at UArts in Philadelphia for many years. His editorial work has appeared in Readers Digest, Psychology Today, Science Digest, to name a few.

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Cachet Allen, Author, Illustrator, and Motivational Speaker

Cachet speaks about different ways to develop inner strength, integrity, and self-empowerment. She speaks about how to do daily affirmations and the importance of recognizing how you feel and that feelings are a choice.

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John Steven Gurney, Children's Author and Illustrator

John Steven Gurney is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel, Fuzzy Baseball, and the picture books, Dinosaur Train and The Bossy Pirate. He has illustrated over 150 chapter books, including the A to Z Mysteries, The Bailey School Kids, and The Calendar Mysteries series. He has illustrated the board board game Guess Who, as well as advertising, posters, puzzles, and a shopping bag for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

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Jonathan Schork, Artist, Author, and Illustrator

Jonathan Schork was born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley, maintains close relationships there still, and used the Catskills of his childhood as the setting for More Tales from the Enchanted Wood and The Love of Simon Fox. A graduate of Onteora High School, he also volunteered there as a teaching assistant for fourteen years.

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Michael Elsohn Ross, Award-Winning Children's Book Author

My wife, adult son and his wife, my baby grand-daughter, and I live on a bluff overlooking the Merced River. During spring runoff the river roars; and in the summer there are placid pools perfect for swimming. The town we live in is El Portal and right next to Yosemite National Park. There’s a small school here with only three teachers. The kids at the school help me a lot with my books and you can see pictures of some of them in my backyards buddies series which includes Rolypolyology, Ladybugology, and other titles about favorite backyard "bugs."

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Timothy Young, Author, Illustrator, Toy Designer, Animator, Speaker

Timothy Young always wondered as a child who made the toys he played with, who wrote and illustrated the books he read, and who made the cartoons he watched. He grew up to be one of the people who got to do all of them.

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Tevin Hansen, Children's Author, Illustrator, and Musician

Tevin Hansen is the author or illustrator of more than 20 books for children, from picture books to middle grade adventures.

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Kosa Ely, Author, Artist, Speaker

I’m fascinated by the art and stories of ancient and contemporary people, so whenever I get the chance I’m off to another country to experience their culture, learn their history, and make a lot of new friends. I’ve been to twenty countries so far. My most memorable experiences are living in remote villages in India, spending time with indigenous communities in the Amazon, and visiting the Maori people in New Zealand.

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Britt Menzies, Award-Winning Children's Author and Illustrator, Creator of StinkyKids, Co-Creator of the Award-Winning Live Action Musical: "StinkyKids, The Musical"

StinkyKids teaches kids the importance of play, exploring their world, and making mistakes. Mistakes made… lessons learned!!

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