Solstice Low-Residency MFA Progam Invites Auditors for Free Panel Discussion on Illustrating Children’s Books


[Chestnut Hill, MA, June 2016] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program invites local writers, illustrators, and children’s book enthusiasts to attend “Drawing in Stories”— a panel discussion with illustrators Priscilla Alpaugh, Wayne Geehan, Ed Shems, & Toby Williams— to be held in the Annenberg Library’s Hess Gallery on Thursday, July 14 at 1 p.m. on the Pine Manor College campus, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA.

At this event, Alpaugh, Geehan, Shems, and Williams (whose work is currently on view in the Hess Gallery) will give a lively tour of their show, “Drawing Stories.” Each artist has on display both working sketches and finished art alongside their published books. The four guest artists have a collective 50+ years of experience, and speak knowledgeably not only about their own processes, which are varied (cut paper, acrylic, watercolor, and digital), but also about working relationships with editors and writers.

Priscilla Alpaugh has been creating illustrations in her studio at ArtSpace Maynard since 2001. She received her BFA in Painting and Illustration from UMass Amherst and her MFA in Illustration (ABD) from Syracuse University. Priscilla is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group, and the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers. She lives in the greater Boston area. You can see her work at

Wayne Geehan has been a commercial artist and illustrator for more than forty years. For fifteen-plus years Wayne has illustrated the popular and successful “Math Adventure” children’s books for Charlesbridge Publishing, with a total of twelve Math adventure books to date. He has just finished his ninth Sir Cumference Math Adventure, Sir Cumference and the Roundabout Battle, by Cindy Neuschwander and is now in the process of illustrating his tenth Sir Cumference book. Wayne has also written four children’s stories with jigsaw puzzles for BePuzzled University Games. See Wayne’s illustrations on

Ed Shems is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has been designing and illustrating books, posters, editorials, and cartoons for more than 20 years. His two most recent chapter books are: Elephitten and Kelev’s Journey. He is also currently writing and illustrating his own stories. Along with his creative partner, Justin Perricone, Ed writes and produces webinars and lectures on how creative professionals can be better at business (visit You can find Ed’s illustration and graphic design work and all over social media: @edfredned.

Toby Williams says: “Drawing was always a pastime for me. I wanted to be a cartoonist since I was young. In any case, I kept drawing and ended up becoming an illustrator after majoring in sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. I eventually edged my way into the different publishers of text books. That eventually led to illustrating children's story books which I really enjoyed. What got me going with the cut paper medium for my work was a request to use that medium by a client. I liked it and continued with it developing it into a more three dimensional style. I am now semi-retired as a book illustrator but am still producing small sculptures of robots.”

For complete bios of our guests, please go to: 


As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

Contact: Tanya Whiton, Associate Director, (617) 731-7697

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