Know what you love. Make what you love. Join author Linda Booth Sweeney and artist Shawn Fields at the Umbrella Arts Center for an interactive program about the life, inspiration and art of Concord sculptor Daniel Chester French.
Saturday, October 27
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Umbrella Arts Center
Linda Booth Sweeney
Linda Booth Sweeney is a writer and educator who began writing this book while living in Daniel Chester French’s former studio in Concord, Massachusetts. Her picture books for children include When the Wind Blows and When the Snow Falls. She is also the author of The Systems Thinking Playbook and other books to help people of all ages see and understand complex systems. When she’s not writing you’ll find her jumping on the trampoline with her three children.
Shawn Fields is an artist best known for his narrative oil paintings. He lives with his wife, three children, and their dog Yogi in a small rural town in western Massachusetts. In the winter they love to hang around the woodstove after walking in the snow. In the summer their favorite thing to do is to get hot and sweaty working and playing, then jump in the river that runs past their house.
“The book’s broad pages offer plenty of space for the lucid main text and lively illustrations, which work together well. The writing features vignettes such as a memorable account of a turnip-carving experience that revealed French’s aptitude for sculpture as well as an informative account of the Lincoln Memorial project, its central statue, and its place in American life.
Strong, graceful, and expressive, Fields' artwork captures the period setting while making even unnamed people look like individuals. Though color is used here and there, most of the illustrations are large, beautiful crosshatched pen-and-ink drawings in black and white. Appended information, notes, and photos conclude this engaging tribute to French and the Lincoln Memorial.
- Booklist (starred review)