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William Marvin’s “Grace Notes” Will Be Exhibited at the 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest

The author shares a collection of plein air artworks that capture his memories.

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“As a lyricist provides words for a melody, with his paintings and captions Bill expresses the wonder we experience in nature. Really enjoyed this book.” – Linda Kruzek, Amazon Customer

William Marvin’s “Grace Notes: Reflections on Everyday Wonders” will be displayed by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the Printers Row Lit Fest 2023. The book fair and literary festival will take place at Printers Row Park in South Loop, Chicago, Illinois, on September 9-10, 2023.

Organized by the Near South Planning Board, the Printers Row Lit Fest is the largest outdoor literary event in the Midwest. It is a community-based festival for people who love books. The event features book exhibits along Dearborn Street, from Polk Street to the newly renamed Ida B. Wells Drive in Chicago. Aside from the book displays, the Printers Row Lit Fest also features book signings, panel discussions, staged readings, and various other programs for adults, young adults, and children.

“Grace Notes” is a collection of artworks by William Marvin boasting the en plein air style that captures his special memories through the power of nature sceneries. The book serves as the author’s personal reflections on the moments he was fortunate to see. These pieces are written in a revealing manner that invites the readers to enter his world; his vision is captured in small impressionistic oil painting sketches.

His pieces feature the panoramic views of the North woods of Upper Michigan, the Midwest prairie, the low country of the South, and the rugged coast of Maine. These places are often forgotten, but they brought freedom and wonder to the author and artist as he immortalized the views while being accompanied by a shadow – his big black lab, Rocky.

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Author’s Biography

William Marvin is privileged to be able to capture the ever changing moods of nature, out in the open, fresh and unspoiled. He saves these special moments, having lived my whole life with one eye on the great outdoors. His childhood was spent in a quiet town along the winding Fox River in Central Wisconsin.

Living in a small town environment helped him develop strong Midwestern values and an appreciation for a lifestyle connected to the land. Like Tom Sawyer, William took every chance to explore the rivers, woods, and open fields of the surrounding countryside. His family moved to California and there he fell in love with the Western landscape on many backpacking trips throughout Oregon, Washington, and California, especially Yosemite National Park. He honed his skills at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, taking extensive courses in design, drawing, painting, and illustration.

Upon graduating with honors in 1974, He came to Chicago to begin a challenging career as a graphic designer. Telling a story with strong shapes and rich color has been a consistent theme in my graphics and paintings. After a successful career that included illustrating children’s books, magazine publishing, and designing annual reports I returned to painting the outdoors. He started showing my landscapes in 1996 and immediately began to draw attention from collectors.

Success in several Regional Invitationals helped develop the confidence to enter National competitions. In 1999, he was asked to become Vice President of Oil Painters of America and remained in that position for two years. He has painted extensively on the East coast, throughout the Midwest and Southwest, primarily in California. Today, He is an active member of the Chicago art scene and continue to paint at pleinair events as a member of Plein Air Painters Chicago. His work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

“Grace Notes: Reflections on Everyday Wonders”
Author| William Marvin
Genre| Art/Subjects & Themes/Landscapes & Seascapes
Publisher| Outskirts
Published Date| May 3, 2019

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