R. Gregory Christie is a freelance illustrator as well as business owner of GAS-Art Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements), an autographed children’s bookstore and open art studio located in Decatur, Georgia. He is the designer of the 2013 Kwanzaa Forever stamp used by the United States Post Office, and is a recipient of dozens of awards, including the Caldecott Honor Award, the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration. His illustrations have been featured on HBO Kids, PBS’s “Between the Lions,” and on the 2013 Congo Square New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster. One of Mr. Christie’s most notable projects was an animated DVD, narrated by comedian Chris Rock, about the groundbreaking choreographer Janet Collins. Some major collaborators have been Warner Bros., the New York Times, and New York’s Metro Transit Authority, for which one of Christie’s illustrations was featured on subway cars for a year! Mr. Christie has been illustrating for more than twenty years, with more than fifty books to his credit. But his talents go beyond just book illustrations. He does murals and portraits, and is also a writer. He is the author and illustrator of a unique retelling of “Country Mouse, City Mouse” titled Mousetropolis. He also spends his time educating young people about art and literacy at his business, where he works with children as young as three years old. Find out more about Gregory and his store’s services by visiting gas-art.com.
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