WATERVILLE VALLEY — The 2014 Rey Center Artist in Residence, Marty Kelley will be holding open studio hours on Saturday, September 6 from 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday, September 9 from 7-9 p.m. There will also be an artist reception on Saturday, September 6 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. where he will share his Community Presentation titled “Children’s Books For Fun & Profit But Mostly Fun” starting at 8 p.m.
Kelly, a New Hampshire native, is a children’s book author, illustrator and a self-proclaimed recovering second grade teacher. Some of his books include: “Twelve Terrible Things, “Spring Goes Squish” and “Fall Is Not Easy”. He will be in residence at the Curious George Cottage on Noon Peak Road in Waterville Valley from September 1 through September 14.
The Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence is open to professional and emerging artists in all media – visual and performing arts, craftspeople, authors, poets, composers, eco artists and media artists. The Residency provides an opportunity to pursue and share art and the artistic process in the inspirational setting of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The Residency provides the community with direct, hands-on experiences with working artists and an opportunity for the artist to work in an educational and community setting. The Residency strives to encourage students and community members to understand the role of the artist in contemporary society, to engage in the creative process, and to think critically about the arts. The Residency allows the artist to help students, teachers and community members to experience the arts through a variety of activities – programs, workshops, interactive walks/hikes, performances, exhibits, and open studio times, and allows time for the artist to create work.
The Artist in Residency program is created to honor the creative and artistic legacy of Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children's book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, in the place that served as both inspiration and retreat. The Curious George Rey Fund and the Margret and H.A. Rey Center jointly support the Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence.