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Airdrie Public Library features work from local caricaturist

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By: Veronica Funk

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:43 am

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As part of our ongoing art exhibit, Airdrie Public Library (APL) is pleased to welcome caricaturist Kelly Gannon for May and June.

Gannon began his career by drawing editorial cartoons for newspapers and later set about drawing caricatures at events.

He first saw artists creating live caricatures while attending a convention in Florida, where he had the privilege of seeing the guest speaker – and his greatest influence – Jack Davis, of Mad Magazine.

After honing his skills, Gannon received a dream offer, to draw caricatures in Disneyland; he then went on to draw caricatures aboard cruise ships around the world.

He has travelled the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Baltic; has taken his family to see Pompeii and Rome and to visit Croatia; and has journeyed through the jungles of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Without pursuing a studio career, Gannon has been fortunate enough to have drawn cartoons and caricatures for several books, magazines and clothing companies.

He has been asked to draw newscasters live on television and been interviewed on radio.

Because he grew up listening to all the great music from the ’60s, a highlight of his career was to meet and draw caricatures of members of several bands, Those bands included, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Herman’s Hermits, the Grass Roots, Paul Hoffert of Lighthouse, Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees and Chubby Checker.

Rounding out the May-June exhibit is work from our own Veronica Funk, whose early life in northern Manitoba has influenced how she sees the world and how she communicates that through her art.

Filled with the images, colours and symbols of her memory, Funk’s art celebrates the everyday, the beauty and joy of the familiar.

Coming up at APL: Stories & Crafts: Mother’s Day on May 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Sunday Cinema: The Nut Job on May 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Adult Author Series: Ian Wilson and Jacinthe Lavoie on May 15 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.; Teens in the Library: Manga mania on May 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.


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