THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
THE WHIMSICAL WORLD OF JOHNNY GRUELLE
Utter the words
Raggedy Ann and
Andy, and most adults and children smile with recognition. Yet, mention
the name Johnny Gruelle--the whimsical creator of America’s
favorite ragdolls--and most draw a blank. Few know about the modest,
multi-talented man who created Ann and Andy, or that his career reached
far beyond his well-known rag dolls and storybooks.
"Through the Eyes of
a Child: The Whimsical World of Johnny Gruelle" is a slide presentation
by Gruelle biographer Patricia Hall.
The 25 minute show chronicles Gruelle’s life as an artist,
writer, and toy designer; highlights his gift for combining the old
with the new in his dolls and stories; and showcases his expert ability
to narrate through both prose and artwork. Patty also discusses the
origins of the two Raggedys and what makes them special, and shares
some fascinating legends about Ann and Andy that reveal the importance
of folklore in Gruelle's work.
Among Patty’s slides are scarce and little-known works
and illustrations by Gruelle, as well as rare photographs. Attendees
are encouraged to bring Raggedy or Gruelle items from their own
collections to share during a discussion and sharing session that
follows the program.
MEET-AND-GREET AND BOOKSIGNING
An integral part of Patty’s programs is the informal “Meet-and-Greet”
that follows each of her
presentations—a special time when participants can visit with each other and with Patty.
Program hosts can also plan
a book-signing as part of the
Meet-and-Greet, during which guests may purchase personally inscribed copies of Patty’s books.
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