Mississippi State University library exhibit highlights art, writings of Laurie Parker
April 30 , 2002
STARKVILLE, Miss. Original illustrations and published works of a Starkville artist and writer are featured through May at Mississippi State Universitys Mitchell Memorial Library.
Laurie Parkers popular childrens books Everywhere in Mississippi and recent release The Turtle Saver (both Quail Ridge Press of Brandon) are among items on exhibit in the third-floor atrium.
Parker, a 1985 MSU graduate in elementary education, wrote the rhyming Everywhere in Mississippi as part of a series that includes All Over Alabama, Texas Alphabet, and Louisiana Alphabet. Turtle Saver, Parkers first non-regional book, tells the story of the far-reaching effects of a simple act of human kindness. The accompanying illustrations collages she made with colors and materials found in old magazines include the English bulldog featured prominently in the storyline.
Nancy Verhoek-Miller, MSU professor of curriculum and instruction and exhibit coordinator, said children of any age can enjoy the display of Parkers highly expressive imagination. Consider the exhibit as a mini-vacation; a trip to the library and an art gallery rolled into one, she added.
For more information on the Parker exhibit, telephone Verhoek-Miller at (662) 325-7502 or Mattie Sink at 325-3848.
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