Archive for October 2015

Seminar with Mary GrandPré

Mary-GrandPre-ImageThe Greater Brandon Arts Council (GBAC) is pleased to announce that Mary GrandPré, an American illustrator best known for her illustrations of the Harry Potter books, will be the guest speaker at the next GBAC Seminar.

Mary’s presentation on the Illustration process will appeal to both writers and artists. We encourage both adults and teens to attend.

  • Date: Saturday, November 21st, 2015
  • Time: 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: Bloomingdale Regional Library (map)
  • Admission: Free!
  • There will be no book signing at this workshop
  • Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Mary GrandPr√© has been a freelance illustrator for the past 30 years. She received her BFA degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majoring in illustration, with a secondary focus on graphic design. As a freelance illustrator, her illustration projects range from advertising, editorial and packaging to concept painting and character design for animation studios. She has also illustrated several children’s picture books with major publishers, and she illustrated the American version of the Harry Potter Books.


Mary uses a wide variety of media to create her art, including pastel, acrylic and oil paints, collage and printmaking. She also enjoys painting from life, using the figure and still life, as well as creating fantasy based pieces.

Mary has received numerous awards throughout her carrer and has been featured in various trade journals and art magazines. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Harper Collins, Knopf, Crown Publishing, Random House, Scholastic, BBDO, Cincinnati Opera, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, and Blue Sky Studios. During her years of freelancing, Mary has also taught first year illustration at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN and Children’s Book Illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design.


2015 Holiday Cards for the Troops

2015-Holiday-Cards-TroopsShow your support for our troops!

DATE: Saturday October 3, 2015 from 9am to 3pm

Join us at Center Place for the 8th annual Holiday Cards for the Troops. This is a free community event. Let your inner artist shine as you help make hand-made holiday cards for our service men and women. These decorated cards are blank inside, and will be sent to our deployed service members. The soldiers will be able to write a sentiment to their loved ones.

Ages 16 and up are welcome to participate. No childcare will be provided.

Click here to view the PDF flyer