Picture Book Author/Artist Aliki Donates Art to the Arne Nixon Center

Fresno, CA, June 27, 2009 --(PR.com)-- California State University, Fresno

Henry Madden Library

Aliki donates art to the Arne Nixon Center

Picture book author/artist Aliki has donated 21 pieces of original art—as many pictures as for one of her famous picture books—to the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at California State University, Fresno. Aliki’s colorful illustrations feature dozens of charming and playful cats, plus a few birds and mice, too, as only Aliki can portray them—writing, painting, working, and reading, reading, and reading some more. The cats, born in Aliki's London studio, now have an American address at www.arnenixoncenter.org.

After designing the illustrations, Aliki donated the actual art: charming multimedia pictures, on paper, done in pen and ink, colored crayons, markers, and watercolor pens—“whatever I needed,” she explained, “to keep the sketches free.”

Aliki, who has written and/or illustrated more than 200 books, worked on the cat pictures between other projects, including her forthcoming picture book, Push Button. This features a little boy, based on her toddler grandson, who loves to push buttons. When his finger gets tired, he finds another way to amuse himself (hint: it involves books).

For additional information, contact the Center’s curator, Angelica Carpenter, at (559) 278-8116 or send email to angelica@csufresno.edu.

Contact: Angelica Carpenter, Curator
Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
Phone: (559) 278-8116
E-mail: angelica@csufresno.edu
Web site: www.arnenixoncenter.org

Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature
Mila Rianto