Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Book Trading Cards: Series III

"Lord of the Flies"  Trading card design by Eleanor Matheis
Card available on Tuesday

Nerdy book lovers of all kinds are lined up at the Lawrence Public Library this week to receive their daily dose of Banned Book trading cards.  The first card was distributed on Sunday, with a new card featured each day.  

We especially like the "Lord of the Flies" design by Eleanor Matheis.  Why was this book originally banned? According the Lawrence Public Library, "It was challenged because the book is demoralizing in as much as it implies that man is little more than an animal.”  
The artist statment for the card is strightforward: "The pig head represents the pig head and the island represents the island. " 

Look for this card as well as six other this week at the Lawrence Public Library. 

"Little Red Riding Hood" Trading card design by Lana Grove

"Harriet the Spy" Trading card design by Lora Jost

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Finding Beauty in Waning Sunflowers

A prodigious Facebook trend for Lawrencians for September is selfie pics of patrons eating pie at the new Ladybird Diner.  In competition for this trend has been sunflower photos, most of which were taken at the enormous Grinter sunflower field located off of Highway 24.  Those seeking photos of the flowers at this farm could keep up with the seasonal progress of these flowers through Kris Grinter's blog.  The blog gave readers updates on when the flowers were at full bloom, and etiquette when visiting.   In her latest post, Grinter wrote "There are a few flowers that still look pretty, but there are definitely in the minority.  Most of the field is well past its beauty faze and now busy making seeds."

We at Larryville Artists love decadence, so we headed straight to the waning sunflower fields to explore.  Here are our photos that we took: