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I have another big announcement to share with you. I am honored to be among the artists featured in the beautiful book you see above. My sweet friend Jill Berry, has been a cheerleader and encourager to me for the past several years. We met when I took a class from her at Art and Soul in Virginia. We hit it off, and have been pals since. She is an incredibly talented artist, and one of the most generous and supportive instructors I have ever had the pleasure of taking a class with.

Jill loves maps. She loves to create maps as art. Her first book on the subject of maps as art, Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed Media Mapmaking, was published in 2011. It is still one of my favorite mixed media books. I had shared some of my own map art with Jill a long while back, and she said she wanted to include them in her next book. Sure enough, when the time came, she contacted me about those pieces, and asked me to do another special project for her. So, I have a couple of different projects in this new book which is due out in May.

Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination and Travel, is co-authored with Jill’s sister, Linden McNeilly, who is an educator. It includes 52 labs to lead the explorer on adventures in map art making. It is a great guide for artists, art educators, and anyone just needing a little play time. I am looking forward to working through some of the labs with my kiddos and some of their homeschool friends.

The book is available for pre-order now, so order your copy. You will love it, I promise!

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