Former Walla Wallan and "Raising Lucy" author and illustrator Carol Muzik has been accepted for an artist-in-residence program for the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Her award-winning book, short film and companion coloring book have brought the true story of Lucy the Canada goose to life for children.
Now living in Coeur d'Alene, Carol is one of six new artists who will join 20 returning artists as art educators for the ICA. She will be available as an Artist in Residence to statewide elementary schools.
Her focus in school projects will be to connect children with their creativity in art from experiences in nature.
"A partnership with nature teaches us to see inspiration everywhere, thereby, connecting us more deeply with the world around us," Carol said.
"Studies show that children are spending around six hours a day in front of some type of media and I want to help kids get outside and translate their experience into a hands-on school art project."
Carol taught a six-week Inspired by Nature art and writing course to elementary students this summer at the Coeur d'Alene library.
She plans a busy school year as she has also been invited by Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! program to be a part of the Eastern Washington school Author Tour for 2010 and 2011 as a Writer in Residence and plans a similar focus in writing projects.
For more details on either program, contact www.arts.idaho.gov/ or www.ewu.edu/getlit/ .
"Raising Lucy" is available in Walla Walla at Book and Game. More details about Carol are available at www.RaisingLucy.com.
Plan ahead for Veterans of Foreign Wars Grant Farmer Post 992's annual Cowboy Breakfast fundraiser from 7-9:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee are on the menu.
The $5 tickets may be purchased at the Post, 102 N. Colville St., from 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday or at the door the morning of the breakfast.
Proceeds benefit work the Post does with veterans, especially local troops who are deployed and their families.
For more details, call 525-1310 or 301-0751.
Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or afternoons at 526-8313.