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Signed, Abiah Rose Hardcover – June 8, 2010
I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. Hardcover
From School Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
More About the Author
Moving from Dallas to Hollywood, I enrolled at Art Center College of Design. I studied art in Europe and children's book illustration with Uri Schulevitz in New York. I worked in advertising and design and won awards for my paintings. Along the way I taught drawing and painting to children.
I am a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I live in Southern California with my sister....and stacks of art paper.
I have .......
Graduated from Hollywood High - at the Hollywood Bowl
Crossed the Atlantic four times on a coal-carrying freighter
Lived in Europe
Studied art in a WW II bunker on the coast of Italy (after the war!)
Survived a train derailment, and a ship collision
A painting in a museum in Russia
Designed clothing for a Los Angeles boutique
Owned a boutique in a circa-1900 log-cabin-former-post-office
Painted commissioned ceiling murals (involved scaffolding and a chiropractor)
I love .......
Books about everything
Movies - new movies, old movies, foreign movies
Top Customer Reviews
This young woman went on to paint fine portraits for people across the countryside when she traveled with her uncle, a peddler with a colorful wagon filled with useful wares for sale. She earned good money and much praise, each time marking her work with a tiny rose instead of her name. Yet she dreamed of a more secure future, one in which she could sign her pieces and sell her work in a shop, remaining anonymous no longer.
Based on an extended period in American history when folk artists traveled for miles to sell their artwork, this book adds life to the widely-held belief that many of these early unsigned portraits were painted by women. Illustrations seeped in folk art add to the historical ambiance, while the subtle text provides a powerful reminder that women's subservient status during this period could even rob them of their names.
With rich, folk art-inspired illustrations, author/illustrator Diane Browning crafts a fictional account of the likely history of many anonymous female artists from early America.
Conforming to social norms of the day, members of Abiah's family dissuade her from signing her own work. "Best not, Abiah Rose," they would tell her, "Serious painting is not girl's work." Instead, Abiah signs all of her work secretly, with a hidden rose on each canvas.
Guided only by her passion for painting, Abiah does everything she can within the constraints of her society to nuture her artist's spirit and take charge of her creative life. With sheer determination, Abiah sets a course for her life's path. The destination is the day she can write the following words, "Signed, Abiah Rose," upon the work of her own hands.
Whether or not Abiah, or others like her, ever arrived at that place of acceptance remains unknown. The fact does remain, however, that they helped make it easier for the rest of us to do so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a delicate well written story. The illustrations won my heart in that this folk art style is emotional and really speaks of an important time in history where women... Read morePublished 5 months ago by raymond g. bonassi
I was captivated by both the art and the story. It is such a gorgeous addition to any library. The artwork is exquisite. It's a treasure.Published 5 months ago by Carol Heyer
What a beautiful reminder that not too long ago, women artists were not respected.
In a lovely folk art style, Diane Browning tells the story of Abiah Rose, her passion... Read more