A paint party to support the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Fresno State will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Ovidio Italian restaurant (3097 W. Bullard Ave.) in Fresno. Guests can arrive early to purchase food and drinks.

Funds from the Canvas and Cordials Paint Party, presented by the Arne Nixon Center Advocates, will also support the creation of a community mural in spring 2018 by award-winning children’s illustrator Rafael López. Volunteers will be needed to help prepare and paint the mural wall. Families will be welcome to come and paint and add color to a Fresno neighborhood.

Housed in Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library, the Arne Nixon Center is one of North America’s leading resources for children’s literature with more than 60,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts and works of art.

Shivon Hess will be the instructor for the evening. Hess is a librarian at Reedley College and an Arne Nixon Center Advocates board member. She holds a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing with a minor in art history, and a master’s degree in library and information science.

The ticket donation price is $45, which covers all teacher fees, supplies to complete a 16- by 20-inch painting and a canvas apron to take home. Sign up online or contact the Arne Nixon Center to pay by check. Space is limited.


For more information, including assistance with physical accommodations, contact the Arne Nixon Center at 559.278.8116 or email Jami Sanford at jsanford@csufresno.edu.


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Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/canvas-cordials-arne-nixon-center-paint-party-fundraiser-tickets-34914048860


Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1049834435149777/


Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature: www.arnenixoncenter.org

Madden Library: www.library.fresnostate.edu

Arne Nixon Center Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page: @ArneNixonCenter