Fellow Snail Society critique-mate, Carolyn Marsden will have her art on display at the OA Creates Studio in San Diego! The kick-off celebration is this weekend, March 20, 2010 and will showcase the work of Carolyn and other students from the La Jolla Atheneum School of the Arts.
One of the (many) things I love and admire about Carolyn is the way she is always willing to explore, discover, and try new things. Being a prolific award-winning author is not enough! She has been working on her fine art as well.
This Booklist starred review of TAKE ME WITH YOU (Candlewick 2010) puts it this way: “Marsden often puts crafts like sewing or crocheting into her stories, and in many respects she is like a master craftsman, using words instead of stitches for her deceptively simple design.”
Shhh… I happen to know one of her new projects combines her writing AND her art. Exciting stuff!
Through her books Carolyn travels through time and space, exploring different cultures and countries. She has written books about immigrants, Native Americans, and people living and working on the border of the US and Mexico. Her stories have taken place in Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and Italy. She knows how to cross borders and find commonalities between all people.
Carolyn is absolutely one of the hardest working writers I know. Through all her travels and explorations I suspect she has somehow managed to tackle time travel – she just seems to have more time in a day than I do! And she has a magic notebook!
Congratulations on your latest endeavor, Carolyn!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK