Seattle artist to present children's alphabet book Saturday at Village Books

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 10, 2014 

Adventurer, artist and mother Hannah Viano spent much of her childhood living on a boat along the rocky Maine coastline before her travels brought her to the Pacific Northwest, where Seattle won her heart.

The paper-cut artist will present her new children's book, "S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet," at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Village Books.

The book, Viano's first, pairs beautiful prints of local wildlife and plants cut from black paper with informative captions about each figure.

The project started with help from a CityArtist grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, for which Viano created the images used in the book. She then donated display copies to libraries, schools and children's programs, before setting to work on the book in its current form, adding scientific and historical information.

Viano says she has always kept a sketchbook and journal, but it wasn't until she took a class from Olympia paper-cut artist Nikki McClure that a particular art form really stuck with her.

"I'm finally getting to make the art I never had time to do," she says. "It's something I can do with a little one at home."

Aside from telling visitors about some of the adventures that inspired her artwork, Viano says she will bring along real-life versions of items featured in the book, and some that aren't.

"I have a collection of specimens and treasures I have been bringing along, one of which is a big hit: It's an octopus in a big gallon jar," she says.

The event is free and open to all ages.

A hardcover copy of "S is for Salmon," published by Sasquatch Books, sells for $16.99.

Find out more about Viano's art at hannahviano.com.

FAIRHAVEN FAMILY MOVIE

Families are invited to a free movie showing from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the fireplace room at the Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th St.

The movie this week will be "Frozen."

Viewers of all ages are invited. Details: 360-778-7200.

ADVENTURES IN NARNIA

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to celebrate with all of their favorite characters from the Chronicles of Narnia from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Point Roberts Public Library, located at 1487 Gulf Road.

Youngsters can enjoy crafts, activities and even some Turkish delight at the free event. Details: 360-305-3600.

ROLLER BETTIES: BOUT 4

The Bellingham Roller Betties Season 7 Bout 4 will take place Saturday, April 12, at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Road.

Doors to the double header show open at 4 p.m.; the show starts at 5.

Tickets cost $14 for general admission; $6 for youths 8 to 12, and free for kids 7 and under.

Seating is limited, and operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so families with young children may want to arrive early as trackside seating is only for those 18 and older. Details: bellinghamrollerbetties.com.

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