Monday, July 18, 2016

SCBWI Southern Breeze's 2016 Illustrator Exhibit

SCBWI Southern Breeze's2016 Illustrator Exhibit

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Southern Breeze Gallery kicked-off with a bang for 2016. The show was so graciously hosted by The Georgia Center for the Book at The Decatur Library. Each year our published illustrators come together for the opening day of the Decatur Arts Festival and Art Walk. This year we had some new Illustrators, as well as, some returning Illustrators showcasing their work to the thousands upon thousands of attendees, who toured the library during the exhibit. Many of the Illustrators were in attendance including myself (A.H. Taylor), TeMika Grooms, Sarah Lynn Cramb, Prescott Hill (along with his wife Lisa), and Michele Kumari Phillips. Those who were unable to attend were Laura Freeman and R. Gregory Christie. 


The event was completely successful...the children loved the books and enjoyed meeting the Illustrators. Everyone enjoyed sharing their books and doting over the artwork, that accompanied each book. 

Each year we showcase a variety of illustrative pieces. This event helps illustrators branch out and reach a wider audience. With the thousands of people viewing the books and the art that goes along with each book, it gives us illustrators more exposure, in an environment where we can get to know other illustrators. 


There was great food provided for all of the guest and we were even treated to some organic cupcakes, courtesy of my wife, Lesley...owner of Cuddle Muffin Cupcakes. Those went fast and people were certainly coming back for seconds while reading each one of our books and enjoying the illustrations. 


A big thank you to The Georgia Center For The Book and The Decatur Library for hosting this wonderful event each year. 


A.H. Taylor is a fresh-edged author and illustrator making his mark on the industry as the “Fresh Face” of cultural diversity in an area where there is none. Since a youth, A.H. Taylor has been refining his thoughts to reflect that of the modern man – who shows others through thought-provoking illustrations, how to stop and reflect or take action and make a difference in this world.
A.H. Taylor has a talent when it comes to promoting literacy and melding traditional with contemporary. His aim in writing and illustrating stories is to teach the youth to appreciate the legacies that have been gifted to them, while respecting the elders who have paved the way, so that they might one day pass on a legacy of their own.
With this, he has undertaken the task of bringing Proverbs back to our children and awakening the slumbering moral character, which resides within.
A.H. Taylor’s debut offering into children’s picture books…The Color Machine. 'The Color Machine' a rollicking rhyming book that speaks to the very heart of who we are as humans. It teaches us to love the common bonds that thread us together in a new and inventive way. 


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