Tim & Kristie Nies: What About Me? A to Z
What About Me? A to Z is an art experience like nothing Lancaster has seen before, and will be one that you will want to share with the entire family. Author and illustrator Kristie and Tim Nies will be bringing the 26 original paintings that were used to create their recently published book to the Mulberry Ballroom at Mulberry Art Studios for a month long exhibition this April. The show opens with a First Friday Reception on April 4th from 5-9 and a Sunday Reception on April 6th from 1-4, both of which will feature refreshments for children and adults and a limited supply of autographed books. Additionally, a silent auction will begin at 5pm on April 4th and end at 4pm on April 6th, bidders need not be present at the auction’s close.
What About Me? A to Z began with a beautiful painting of a jack-a-lope that Tim had painted for their soon-to-be-born son’s bedroom. “It was so amazing, vivid, alive and rich with color that Tim thought it would be interesting to create artwork designed specifically for children,” explains Kristie. Thus, the creation of these unique paintings. Tim painted them simultaneously, moving from one canvas to the other, often with a brush in each hand!
Each animal represented was chosen for its unique quality or because it’s not always considered so charming. For example, the opossum (Oo) is impossible to resist in this collection. To build on the charm of the animals, Kristie researched and wrote interesting facts presented in rhyme to accompany each animal. Besides being a beautiful piece of artwork, the book introduces readers to new fascinating facts about some animals often overlooked.
Kristie is a teacher at The New School of Lancaster, a Montessori school in Lancaster, PA. She has dreamed of writing a book and having her husband Tim illustrate it. This has been a thrilling experience to bring this dream to life. Tim is an artist and has had numerous exhibits throughout the area. This is his first published book and he is preparing for book two.
Beck Shiley began drawing and painting as a child using many different mediums. She loves all art forms including music, poetry and dance. Her goal when creating art is to encourage emotion and thought. “My work expresses my feelings about war, hunger, religion, racism, prejudice, our planet and more” says Shiley. “Hopefully my work will evoke feeling in you as well.”