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October 24, 2013

Kids’ book gets artist’s touch — A Pauls Valley artist has again teamed up with an author to provide all the illustrations for a brand new children’s book.

For the second book now Kevin Stark has used his artistic talents to put the visuals to the words of author Mary Coleman Woolslayer of Tulsa.

This new book is called “Nap Fairies Everywhere” as a book signing session is planned this weekend at the Toy and Action Figure Museum in downtown PV, where Stark also serves as the curator.

Stark also provided the artwork for Woolslayer’s previous book entitled “A Biplane and Her Boy.”

The book signing at the museum is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

“I’ve illustrated this one again,” Stark said, adding he used different styles to illustrate the two books.

“Each page of the first book was hand painted by me,” he said. “This second one was done in pen and ink drawings colored in by computer.”

Another thing interesting about this new book is Stark used three local residents as models.

Stepping in to serve as models for Stark’s drawings were Richelle Humphrey and her two children, Jordan and Justin, who in reality represent the true heroes for this story.

The process started with a “rough” drawing of each scene in the book. From there Stark used the trio of models to take the next step.

“Then I had them come to my studio and I photographed them,” he said.

“Since I had drawn the whole story out I knew what positions I wanted them in.”

The local artist and Tulsa author first began elaborating when Martha Baker of Pauls Valley suggested Stark as the person who should illustrate that first book.

“Mary and I have been working together on both projects.”

Along with Stark and Woolslayer, the book signing is also expected to have twin sisters Dee Ann Chatham and Dianne Shepard West, who came up with the book’s original story.

It was these sisters who told the story to Woolslayer about their childhood days.

As they were growing up their grandmother would tell them stories about fairies coming when they were asleep and taking them on a journey.

As the story went there were pillows with pockets. When the children awoke from their naps they could check the pillow’s pocket to see if any special gift was left behind.

“When they woke up they could see what the nap fairies had left them,” Stark said.

Both books done by Woolslayer and Stark, along with the nap fairy pillows, will be available for purchase at the museum.

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