MEXICO — Meroby Elementary School will host author/illustrator Marty Kelley as this year’s visiting artist. He will be at the school Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16 and 17.

During the day, Kelley will share his writing and illustrating process with students and staff. Family Literacy Night is Monday, Oct. 16, 6 to 7 p.m., in the gym where. Kelley will make a presentation. His books will be for sale, as well.

Kelley is writing and illustrating children’s books. Previously, he was a second grade teacher, a baker, a cartoonist, a newspaper art director, a drummer in a heavy metal band, a balloon delivery guy and an animator.

His career as an artist started when he began drawing historically accurate pictures of spaceships dropping bombs on dinosaurs. When he started going to school, he found even more artistic fulfillment in creating advanced character studies of his teacher, Mrs. Keane.

By the time he was a freshman in high school, he had a regular comic strip published in his town paper. After high school, he attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts to become an animator.

He’s written and illustrated eight published children’s books and has illustrated several books for others.

His books are: “Fall Is Not Easy,” “The Rules,” “Winter Woes,” “Summer Stinks,” “Spring Goes Squish,” “The Messiest Desk,” “Twelve Terrible Things” and “Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of Doom.”

In his spare time, he visits schools to show students how he creates his books. He’s a juried member of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Roster.

FMI: martykelley.com.

Marty Kelley


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