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Mar 14-18 School Presentations
Mar 19-20 FAME Festival Performance
The FAME Visiting Artist Program invites renowned professional artists to be a part of our annual FAME Festival and to visit area schools bringing their talents into the class room. Each artist is selected from a variety of artistic disciplines creating work that relates to the annual cultural focus of FAME. For 2021-2022 FAME’s theme is “Jazz Age in North America”. In normal years, these artists visit classrooms to provide presentations and hands-on activities at local FAME member schools. This year Visiting Artists are Matthew Gollub and Phresh Laundry.
Matthew Gollub is a multi-talented author and speaker. He has produced 20 picture books, which have garnered dozens of national awards and distinctions. His movin’, groovin’ Jazz Fly books with audio (including Jazz Fly 3: the Caribbbean Sea) feature his narrations set to jazz music. Other popular books he’s written take place in Mexico and Japan where he has also lived.
A dynamic drummer and bilingual (English/Spanish) presenter, he has performed at over 1,000 elementary schools across the U.S. and abroad, inspiring students and families to read for fun. He speaks English, Spanish, Japanese and “jazz”. (He even learned a bit of French for Jazz Fly 3!). Speaking different languages helps him connect with diverse audiences – and with the illustrators and musicians with whom he collaborates on his children’s books.
“Language, rhythm, color, life” is his philosophy that guides his creative work. When he’s not publishing books or delivering live talks, he loves reading, traveling, jazz drumming and sports. “Chasing bouncing balls” could be his mantra when playing tennis and basketball.
He lives with his family in North California, about an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Theoplis Smith III, who is also known as “Phresh Laundry,” is a primarily self-taught artist whose work comes from an innate need and desire to create. Smith’s practice is incredibly unique both for its skill and its unlikely beginnings. As a young child in his hometown of St. Louis, MO he found himself drawn toward the arts, and has slowly but surely pieced together an original form of painting with certain connections to popular culture forms of representation like comic books, and the quick sketches of caricature, paired with the long history of traditional portraiture. Smith’s art brings broad appeal, while staying fresh and keeping a varied approach to the formal aspects of his art.