By Diane Chase
The Adirondack Kids Opening reception will be May 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.. It will also serve as the book release for the 12th book, The Adirondack Kids: The Pond Hockey Challenge. Focusing on the adventures of three friends, Justin, Jackie and Nick, The Adirondack Kids books explore historic and familiar places around the Adirondack Park.
For the past twelve years, The Adirondack Kids® father and son author team of Gary and Justin VanRiper have been bringing Adirondack stories into our homes, libraries and schools through their series of middle reader chapter books.
Opening this May 19th at The View in Old Forge is an art exhibiting focusing on 40 pieces of original artwork from the pages of those familiar books.
“We are excited about this exhibit,” says Gary VanRiper. “The Adirondack Kids® books have received a lot of attention. This time the focus is going to be on the wonderful artwork on the covers and within the pages of our books.”
According to VanRiper, illustrator Susan Loeffer has illustrated all 12 of the book covers, posters and even a coloring book and the interior drawings are completed by Carol VanRiper, making these books truly a family affair.
“Carol and Sue have really brought the book characters to life,” say VanRiper. “All these pictures and poses have strengthened the books. Dax (the calico cat) has become such a popular character. We’ve even had children bring stuffed animals they thought looked like Dax, to a lecture. Now in addition to the book series, we have a whole series of paintings and drawings.”
VanRiper says, “We look as the books as teaching without preaching. For us, the story is the primary focus. We then bring in those geographic areas of interest. It was exciting to realize the readers were starting to visit the places we wrote about to see what The Adirondack Kids had seen. Thought it is fiction, we remain true to the region.”
photo used with permission of The Adirondack Kids®
Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack family activities™ guidebooks series: Adirondack Family Time available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores.