Updated: May 5
THANK YOU and congratulations auction winners for supporting the arts in our community! The following individuals had the winning bids for the original Christopher Durdle storyboards: Konstanze Fowler, Duane Bonifer, Joy Baker, and Melissa Smith. All proceeds benefit The Good Gang programming.
You are cordially invited to celebrate the book launch of "Nancy's Journey" written by Nancy Stevens and illustrated by Christopher Durdle. Book Signings: 11am-1pm Friday, February 4, BCA Gallery at 64 Public Square, Monmouth; 10am-Noon Tuesday, February 15, Warren County Public Library at 62 Public Square, Monmouth; and 11am-1pm Wednesday, March 9, Strom Center at 211 South A Street, Monmouth. Copies of "Nancy's Journey" are free. Christopher has donated eight original storyboards to be auctioned with all proceeds donated to The Good Gang programming. The project is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Thank you Kellogg Printing for printing this very special project! See you at the book signings!
Nancy Stevens was raised in Roseville, Illinois, where she lived with her parents and two siblings, Joy and Monte. She attended local schools and is a playwright, actor, and an advocate for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. Nancy has written several plays: High School Crush, Student with a Disability in a Public School, Stop Bullying Me, Accept Me for Who I Am, Don’t Limit Me, and Let’s Take the ‘Dis’ out of Disability. She has performed in Buchanan Center for the Arts and Monmouth College theater productions and musicals including A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Meet Me in St. Louis, Saving Toyland, and Oliver. When she’s not writing or performing, she participates in the Special Olympics games and spends time with family and friends. She’s won medals in Bocce ball, track and field, volleyball, and bowling. Nancy is a member of the Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living’s Good Gang, a service group that volunteers for the community paying it forward. She enjoys making art, scrapbooking, storytelling, and listening to music. She currently lives in Monmouth, Illinois, with her husband Richard. Nancy’s Journey is her first published work.
Christopher Durdle is an artist, illustrator, and designer from Roseville, Illinois. He believes diverse personalities, backgrounds, heritage, and desires make a story worth telling. With this in mind, he illustrates worlds and adventures that celebrate acceptance. Christopher was the winner in the design of the USS Illinois (SSN 786) Submarine Crest, 2015. He illustrated “Wrango and Banjo on the Fireline”, 2020. He also designed the game shop brand for There’s Fun in Store (DeKalb, Illinois), 2020. Christopher has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration from Northern Illinois University. Outside of art, Christopher enjoys tabletop role-playing games, experiencing nature, and learning about the universe. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.