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Quick Chat with Author Vita Murrow!

Join writer and artist Vita Murrow, author of the book Power to the Princess, for a workshop and reading on Thursday, March 21 from 4-5:30pm. In Murrow’s book, 15 favorite princess fairy tales have been retold for the modern generation. These princesses are smart, funny and kind, and can do anything they set their minds to. Focused on issues including self-image, confidence, LGBTQ, friendship, advocacy and disability, these stories are perfect for sharing between parents and children, or for older princesses or princes to read by themselves. After a reading in the gallery, participants will get a peek behind the scenes of the author’s process, then get a chance to create their own story mood boards. How would you retell your favorite story? Purchase Tickets

Why is storytelling important to you?
Story is how we preserve and pass down culture. Storytelling is central to how values are nurtured and evolve.

Do you have a favorite art making memory as a child? 
I grew up with artist parents and have special memories of attending weekend puppet making workshops with them at the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in Minneapolis, my hometown. I loved layering paper-mache, building armatures and contributing my personal touch to larger collaborative projects like parade floats for the annual May Day Parade and Pageant the theater put on each year.

What advice do you have for young artists?
Allow yourself a ton of freedom, be flexible and open to seeing yourself in lots of roles and lots of art experiences from literary to studio to performance  Art is a conversation, so be thoughtful and open hearted not only about what you have to say, but also as a listener.

What is your favorite children’s book? 
My old stand by is Emma (1993) by Wendy Kesselman and Illustrated by Barbara Cooney which tells the story of a country grandma who conceals her art making until her secret is discovered, and to her surprise, is celebrated by her family. My contemporary kid lit muse is Øyvind Torseter. A Norwegian artist, illustrator, comic book artist and writer. His book The Hole (2013) continually inspires me with its quirks (it has a physical hole it in for goodness sake!) and excites me with its humor.

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