Lucy Swope Reads! A Special Story Hour at the Library

Image from Lucky Dog: A True Story, Lucy Swope, 1994

Local artist and book maker, Lucy Swope, will read from a selection of her children’s books at the library on Saturday, July 8 at 11am.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the children’s area of the library, which is wheelchair accessible, during the regular Story and Craft Hour. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her children’s books will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Hudson Area Library. There will be refreshments after the story hour and a chance to speak with the artist.

Lucy has worked with children throughout her life on arts, crafts and literature including book making workshops. Her career retrospective, The Artistry of Lucy Swope, is currently on exhibition in the library’s community room. On the occasion of this retrospective Lucy writes, “Ever since I can remember I have been drawing and making things with my hands. It is my way of seeing, of knowing the world.” Her whole life has been dedicated to creating visual and written works of art as well as sharing with children her works and teaching them about the creative process.

She and her husband Stanley Yarian raised sheep, goats, chickens and grew vegetables on their own farm for many years. Their farm life is reflected in her artwork and her books. In 1990 Lucy was offered a platen letterpress that the local school was no longer using. This serendipity led to a whole new direction in Lucy’s career: the publishing of handmade books that Lucy wrote, illustrated, printed on a letterpress and bound by hand. Lucky Dog Press presents a coming together of word and image, a hallmark of Lucy’s artistic vision. The storyboards in the exhibition are illustrations from a selection of her books.