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CHURCH OF MONIKA: Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
Mar 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm| Free
Please join us on Sunday March 30th, when Selina Alko and Sean Qualls will tell the story of their creative journeys that brought them from Western Canada and New Jersey together to Brooklyn. The duo will talk about their childhoods, influences and paths to becoming visual artists. They will present their books, original art works and projected images. Together they have done art for over 25 picture books and just completed their first book together called THE CASE FOR LOVING. The book is to be published by Scholastic in December 2014.
Selina Alko was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Growing up in a house with a Turkish father who speaks seven languages exposed Selina to many different sounds from a young age. Her father also taught her how to paint and gave her a starter course in self-expression. Her mother’s involvement in the family’s 95-year old business of metal recycling yielded Alko’s affinity for collage and mixing media (“trash art”) in her work today. It is important to Selina that her books help children to be more open-minded. Selina wrote and illustrated, among others, Brooklyn is for B (Henry Holt and Co.), Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama (Knopf) and I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother (Knopf) about a child who wonders what his sibling-on-the-way will look like. Will it be a girl with a “cappuccino-frosted ‘fro bouncing along,” or a boy who is “ginger cookie brown or midnight licorice purple”?.
Sean Qualls is an award winning, Brooklyn-based, children’s book illustrator, artist and author. He has illustrated a number of celebrated books for children, including Giant Steps to Change The World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis-Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade and Before John Was a Jazz Giant, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor. Sean also created the art for Dizzy by Jonah Winter and most recently Freedom Song (The Story of Henry “Box” Brown) by Sally Walker. His work has received two Blue Ribbon citations from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books where he was also cited for his “serious craftsmanship” and an “original style.”
The cHURCH OF MONIKA is a non-religious monthly series where invited speakers share and discuss their projects and experiences.