Kelly Murphy : The Boll Weevil Ball


May 21 — August 3, 2008

Book Signing followed by reception, June 1, 2 - 4 p.m.

The Danforth Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition of illustrations from by the book The Boll Weevil Ball, by artist Kelly Murphy. Her work will be on view from May 21 - August 3, 2008, in the children’s gallery. The artist will sign copies of her book Sunday, June 1, 2008, 2 - 4 p.m., during the Family Day and First Sunday Drop Into Art activities. The book signing will be followed by a brief reception.

We are pleased to present Kelly Murphy’s lively and humorous original art work for her first book, The Boll Weevil Ball. Written and illustrated by the artist, she weaves a wonderful tale about a small bug in stature who wins a lady firefly over with his very large heart. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the illustrations and delight in its sweet story. Included in the exhibition is Murphy’s sketchbook she used as she developed the concept for her book as well as other framed sketches.

About the Artist
Kelly Murphy was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts. She still resides there despite her lengthy commute to teach at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA . She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999 and has been successfully illustrating books and magazines ever since. The Boll Weevil Ball ( 2002) is the first book that she illustrated. Kelly has just finished her ninth picture book entitled, Masterpiece, to be published by Henry Holt, October 2008.

Kelly Murphy, The Boll Weevil Ball, 2002

The Boll Weevil Ball, 2002
Written and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Watercolor, gel medium, and acrylic on illustration board
Henry Holt and Company, LLC

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