Artist Spotlight: Judith Carey
Art for many of our Ready, Set, Go! books came into being as part of a group effort by the art instructors and students of Clark College ECD (Economic and Community Development). Katie Bradley and Lee Baughman introduced our books to several of Lee's classes, and as the excitement of creating art caught on, other instructors and their classes got involved to produce some of our most beautiful titles, like Mamas and Lalibela.
Students range from beginning painters to experienced artists trying a new medium or technique. Many of the men and women who participated have voiced their excitement over being involved in furthering literacy in Ethiopia and bringing joy through their art.
One of these students, Judith Carey, has created art for multiple Ready, Set, Go! books, including Together, Houses, Where Is My Pencil?, We Love Animals, and We Are Full Of Life. We asked Judith what motivated her to volunteer to create art for our books, which she describes as a "wonderful experience:"
"I first started painting after I retired from the computer industry. I signed up for Lee Baughman’s class thinking it might be an interesting thing to do (it was) and I continue to take his classes.
"I have learned about Ethiopia’s many customs and wonderful landscape. I was also fortunate to know people who visited Ethiopia, and I have painted some photos taken by Matt Ebiner from Covina, California and Mary Halligan from Torrence, California.
"To the children of Ethiopia, I say, “What a rich history you have and I thank you for letting me be part of this important project.”
Thank you for sharing your talents with us and with children around the world!