For more information contact:

Fran Taylor (859) 221-6412

ftaylor722@gmail.com

Lexington Launch for Ellen Skidmore’s New Children’s Book

ELLEN: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice

ellen-book-front-coverLexington, KY (September 10, 2015) – Most people take for granted the ability to speak and to quite literally “say” what’s on their mind. It becomes second nature. For a small number of people, it is neither easy nor automatic. Communication is a constant struggle. Artist Ellen Skidmore is one of those people.

Skidmore tells about her difficulties growing up with a severe speech impediment in a children’s book called ELLEN: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice. The book is illustrated by 28 paintings in her distinctive style – full of luminous color and delicate but whimsical subject matter and will launch in Lexington with the following book signings and special events:

  • M S Rezny Studio/Gallery Artist Reception, September 18, 5-8pm, 903 Manchester Street, Suite 170, Lexington.
    Contact: Mary Rezny 859-252-4647
  • Morris Book Shop, Book Signing, September 19, 2-4pm, 882 E High St, Lexington.
    Contact: Jay or Wynn at 859-276-0494
  • ARTy pARTy for LexArts, Cocktail Reception and Book Signing, September 22, 6-8pm, 164 N. Ashland Street, Lexington. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
    Contact: Gail Bennett at 859-257-7049

“This project was simultaneously one of the most difficult and rewarding challenges for me as an artist,” said Skidmore. “Telling my story and, perhaps more importantly, deciding how best to illustrate it, flooded me with memories and brought me to a greater understanding of who I am as a person.”

The exhibition of Ellen Skidmore paintings illustrating the 60-page book opened in Aspen, CO, on August 22, 2015 with an event for families and children at Forré Fine Art. The exhibit will move to Forré’s Ft. Lauderdale, FL, gallery September 25, again with an emphasis on interactive children’s events. Skidmore hopes parents will read the book to their young children to help them accept who they are – especially if they are considered to be “different” from other children – and encourage them to follow their passions.

“We were delighted that Ellen chose to launch her book and exhibition in Aspen,” said Anna Forré, owner/director of Forré Fine Art. “She has quite a following here. Her art is appreciated for its uniqueness and how it endears itself to the viewer.”

For more information about Ellen Skidmore and the book, ELLEN: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice, contact Fran Taylor at ftaylor722@gmail.com or 859-221-6412. For information about Forré Fine Art (426 East Hyman Avenue) contact Anna Forré at (970) 544-1607 or info@forrefineart.com.

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ABOUT ELLEN SKIDMORE

     Viewing an Ellen Skidmore painting, one cannot help but notice the luminous colors and delicate images filling her paintings. Music and nature seep into the heart of each work imparting a humble beauty to the canvas. To Ellen, life is a package, the good and bad, as the best of gifts.

     Born Baltimore, MD in 1963, she moved to Kentucky in 1981 where she attended a liberal arts college and later transferred to the University of Kentucky, receiving her BFA in 1988. She lives in central Kentucky with her daughter Coco.

     As a stutterer she discovered the non-verbal communication experienced in painting and the affirmation found when being with horses both incredibly liberating and profoundly grounding. Her work is held in private collections across the United States and in Europe. www.ellenskidmore.com

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