Dog Ears Bookstore is once again offering a free Literary & Art Program for senior citizens. Those 55 years old and above are invited to participate in the “Around the World & Back Home Again” Literary & Art Program that explores different countries around the world and their authors, artists and culture as well as local authors, poets and artists.
From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, a literary instructor will introduce participants to the work of local author Lissa Redmond, who was born and raised in Western New York. After spending 22 years in law enforcement, including stints as a detective in both the Special Victims Unit and Cold Case Homicide squad, she retired to pursue a “normal” life. She decided to become an author instead, writing the Cold Case Investigation Series (A Cold Day In Hell, The Murder Book, A Means To An End, A Full Cold Moon, and The Parting Glass). She has also written a standalone thriller, The Secrets They Left Behind. A Derringer Award-nominated short story author, her short fiction has also appeared in numerous anthologies.
After a discussion of her work, Redmond will be on hand to talk about her books, her inspiration and her writing process.
Following the literary discussion, a Burchfield Penney Art Center artist will be on hand to guide participants in an art project and exploration of a local artist and their work. Local artist Jack Edson studied art history and completed his Master of Library Science at the University of Rhode Island and went on to direct the Hamburg Public Library. Edson will teach participants his technique of using a grid, color and tonal value to make realistic images of faces and figures in patchwork in reference to the work of African-American quilt maker Daisy Anderson.
Anderson (1922-2019) studied at Indiana State Teachers’ College and transferred to Buffalo State College where she received her BA and MA in Elementary Education. After 25 years working as a teacher in Buffalo Public Schools, she retired and began making quilts. Her work has been displayed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and the Buffalo Museum of Science, among others.
The program is limited to 15 participants and is completely free for senior citizens. All class materials are provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted author’s work will be raffled off among those in attendance.
The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, near Mercy Hospital. Street parking is available along Abbott Road and on surrounding side streets. The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.
Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Bookstore at 823-2665.
The “Around the World & Back Home Again” Literary & Art Program is a monthly series. The program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Arts Services Inc.