Know what you love. Make what you love. Join author Linda Sweeney and illustrator Shawn Fields in a program about the life and artwork of Concord-sculptor Daniel Chester French. In their new award-winning book, Monument Maker, a young Daniel Chester French finds a passion and talent for making sculptures. This love only grows over the years and culminates in his largest artistic endeavor – The Lincoln Memorial.
This family-oriented talk will include discussions with the audience, close-looking activities, and at the end of the program, participants will sculpt their own masterpiece of what they love to bring home. Appropriate for all ages. Advanced Registration required.
Linda Sweeney is a writer and educator who began writing this book while living in Daniel Chester French’s former studio in Concord, Massachusetts. Her picture books for children include Where the Wind Blows and she is also the author of The Systems Thinking Playbook and other books to help people of all ages see and understand complex systems.
Shawn Fields is an artist best known for his narrative oil paintings. He lives with his wife, three children, and their dog Yogi in a small rural town in western Massachusetts. In the winter they love to hang around the woodstove after walking in the snow. In the summer their favorite thing to do is to get hot and sweaty working and playing, then jump in the river that runs past their house.
Monument Maker will be available for purchase and signing by the author and illustrator in partnership with the Concord Bookshop.
Members $5; Non-members $10. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council – local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.