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The Heart of the Story: Illustrated Adventures of Creatures Real and Imagined

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Join us at the Narrows Center for the opening reception of The Heart of the Story: Illustrated Adventures of Creatures Real and Imagined by Linda Bourke, Nancy Cote and Thea Ernest.

Three local artists explore the ways in which illustration illuminates a story, imbuing it with heart, humor, and humanity.

Linda Bourke exhibits the original illustrations for My Cat’s Birthday (words and music by Cheryl Wheeler). Critters from far and wide gather to usher in Penrod’s 15th.

Nancy Cote is children’s book author/illustrator who has illustrated over forty picture books and has written nine of her own. Her award-winning stories, illustrations, paintings, and poems have been featured in exhibits, collections, and children’s magazines throughout the U.S. and Europe. She taught Children’s Book Illustration in the C.E. Program at Rhode Island School of Design and is presently working from a studio space at the Narrows Center for the Arts.

Thea Ernest is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate (Jewelry and Light Metals ‘87) who has gravitated toward the pursuit of color and storytelling better expressed through painting and drawing. She teaches in person and online in partnership with RI arts organizations and historic properties. Billy the Rescue Dog is her first illustration project for a complete picture book. Thea illustrated the children’s picture book, Billy the Rescue Dog. Written by Susan Joyce, it is the true story of Billy, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, his rescue, and new life on a farm in Foster, RI. Susan asked Thea to join her creative team after admiring her watercolor and ink paintings on Instagram.


Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan St.
Fall River, MA, 02720
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