Twenty-two colorful and playful illustrations will be on display during the indoor holiday walk at McGregor’s Furniture, 111 W. Main St.
Julie Bousum, a former Marshalltown High School art teacher and creator of the Animal Rescue League mural, produced the nature-based illustrations for a new book about Grimes Farm sites and trails. The ‘Torn Paper Collage’ artwork will be auctioned off in a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Friends of Conservation of Marshall County.
Local celebrities will be on hand every half hour at McGregor’s to read the story to children beginning with Police Chief Tupper at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.
Leonard and Mildred Play Hide and Seek at Grimes Farm was written by Carrie Barr. It represents Leonard, the white-tailed deer with Mildred, the deer mouse. Their adventure takes them on a trail at Grimes Farm leading to five special sites, some of which are familiar and some that may surprise even those “regulars” at Grimes Farm. It is hoped that readers will pick up the books and follow the same path as Leonard and Mildred. It is approximately 1.5 miles and includes approximately 118 feet of elevation. Although the books haven’t been released yet, the book will be available online with a map so you can find your way around without worry.
“Books should arrive from the printer in the first week or two of December,” Barr said. “The infamous supply chain issue also affected us. A shortage of paper and staff slowed the publishing industry. But we hope to have them in time for Christmas.
The Silent Artwork Auction will begin during the Holiday Walk and will end in a few weeks when the books arrive.
“Julie did a masterful job of creating unusual papers and then turning them into artful nature scenes. This art form allowed him to depict the layers we see in the natural world. These signs would be fun to display in any home,” Barr said.