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Sheldon Museum to host bookmaking workshop on Aug. 16

MIDDLEBURY — Where is Sam? Where is Sandy? Where is Silas? “Where is…?” are common refrains in the timeless game of hide and seek.
Two Baby Boomer grandmothers collaborated on creating a brand-new children’s book, “Where is Sam?” that follows a boy to his “Gamma’s” house where the two play their favorite game all day. Sam finds new discoveries around every bend, and experiences excitement and fun as he makes new friends. Readers of “Where is Sam?” enjoy his escapades and delight in the surprise at the end. The endearing story and 3-D art mesmerize readers of all ages.
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9:30-11 a.m., the book’s creators, Sandra Stillman Gartner and Marguerite Jill Dye, will host a paper cut bookmaking workshop for children, families, and the young at heart at the Henry Sheldon Museum in downtown Middlebury. The workshop, personalized book signings, and readings of the book, will be held in conjunction with the exhibit “Draw Me a Story – Tell Me a Tale.”
The event is free and appropriate for ages six and up. Reservations are required by calling the Sheldon at 802-388-2117, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sandra Stillman Gartner, Vermont author, journalist, actress, producer, and filmmaker, was inspired to write the engaging story while playing with her grandson, Sam.
“Whenever he covered his eyes with his hands, he believed that I couldn’t see him,” she said. “After we played from morning till night, we collapsed in a heap, sprawled out on the floor.”
Marguerite Jill Dye, Sandy’s artist/writer friend from Killington, Vt., and Bradenton, Fla., illustrated “Where is Sam?”
“The moment I read the lively tale, paper cuts à la Matisse came to mind! With a colorful palette and sharply edged shapes my vivid paint samples took on new life,” Dye said. “Soon a magical, whimsical paper cut world began to emerge as I cut up new forms.”
The creative collaboration is a winning combination: an engaging story and an enchanting work of art. In the book’s final pages and during the event, children are encouraged to create their own art. They can make up a story about their own lives, a person or a favorite animal. Participants will create pictures with colorful paper shapes, torn or cut out to illustrate the story they write.
The Henry Sheldon Museum is at 1 Park St. in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Library. Museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and through October 15, Sun. 1-5 p.m. Research Center hours: Thurs. and Fri. 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Admission to the Museum is $5 Adults; $3 Youth (6-18); $4.50 Seniors; $12 Family; $5 Research Center. For more information, call 388-2117 or visit our website: HenrySheldonMuseum.org.

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