Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Deeper Into the Pond: Actor/Producer Wins Contest for Bookcover Art

Winning Artist Says: Life’s highway has lots of off ramps, so why not try more than a few, really enjoy the ride, and the time to enjoy the scenery by the side of the road.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson and I am excited to announce the winner and runners-up of our first ever contest for cover art of their poetry chapbooks. When published in July of 2011, Deeper into the Pond will celebrate, support, and inspire women. Jacquie Schmall’s winning entry reflects the powerful energy of women in the process of co-creation. Thus it seemed an ideal image for a chapbook that has resulted in this, the fifth in our award-winning series.

Schmall, who lives in San Diego, developed a style she calls “rainbow geometry.” After spending time in theatre productions, and on film sets, she was compelled to paint a series of watercolors reflecting the powerful energy of women. The selected painting is one of them; it will be reflected in three iterations on the cover.

The chapbooks in the Celebration Series include Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love), with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas (www.budurl.com/CherishedPulse); She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio (www.budurl.com/MotherChapbook); Imagining the Future: For Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions (for the men in your life) (www.budurl.com/Imagining); and Blooming Red, a celebration of Christmas (www.budurl.com/BloomingRed), also featuring Thomas’s work.

Runners up in the contest are Roxanne Kahan and Cynthia Uhrich.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either Carolyn or me, or visit media rooms at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com or http://www.magdalenaball.com. To learn more about artist Jacqui Schmall and to see her selections of her work, go to http://jacquie-pleasecallmelater.blogspot.com/2011/06/paintings-by-jacquie.html

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