Christine Mix is a published Children's Illustrator/ Author, PAL Member of SCBWI, member of CBIG-NYC. She is also a Teaching Artist for cartoon & illustration, drawing, painting, art residencies and library programs. Currently listed on the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster 2017
and the Vermont Department of Libraries Summer Grant Performer list for the Summer Reading Program 2017, Build a better World!
Christine Mix was born in Dayton Ohio, in the early 1960′s. In the mid 1970′s, her family moved to Connecticut, where her father was raised, just outside of New York City. As a child, she drew and painted, played with clay, wrote poems and stories and continued on through college into the present and beyond. As a young adult, Christine was lucky enough to visit England with her sister and a couple of years later, India, with friends.
Christine studied art at Coker College, in Hartsville, S.C. for one year and then headed to Florida, where she received an Art Scholarship for painting, at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. While at college, she also studied sculpture, photography, cinematography and theater arts. It was just after she graduated from the University of South Florida in 1988, with a B.A. in Fine Arts and another B.A. in Mass Communications, that she painted her first children’s illustration in watercolor, titled Spike & Wordo’s Magical Wish. Hence, Spike the Dragon was born and Christine realized she had found her niche in art and her future!
Christine's llustrations have been published in Stories for Children Magazine, Back- to- School- Issue, 2012, SCBWI’s Bulletin in 2005, 2009, 2010 and the children’s book, Write Out of the Oven! by Josephine M. Waltz & Illustrated by Christine Mix, published by Teacher Ideas Press / Greenwood Publishing, 2005.
Write Out of the Oven! personally connects children in grades 5-8 with their favorite literary heroes! A collection of letters and recipes from more than 50 well-known and award-winning children’s authors provide insights into their lives, advice to the children who wrote to them, and personal information. Each entry includes the student’s letter to the author, the author’s response, and a recipe from the author. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to a children’s literacy foundation. Write Out of the Oven! received a nice review from the Parents Choice Foundation Bon Appetite Reading List.
Christine's illustrations have also appeared in several Vermont newspapers, such as on the Cover of Section B in Seven Days, (Burlington, VT.,) Front Page Gallery, Dec. 15-22, 2004. Her illustration, Twilight Magic, also appeared as cover art for Journal of t he Annual Manchester & the Mountains Poets and Writers Weekend, Shires Press, Manchester, Vt., May, 2009.
As a children’s author, Christine has one non-fiction short true story, Standing Up, that was published, in Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul Character-Building Stories to Read with Kids Ages 5-8, May 2007. She is currently working and revising, on her first children's picture book, featuring Spike the dragon, along with other story ideas.
Christine happily lives in Vermont and has been painting children’s illustrations ever since Spike was originally created. She’s also been painting for theaters, interior decorators, private commissions, showing and selling her original illustrations, prints, greeting cards and other gift items through galleries, art shows and designers, in Florida and Vermont, for the last 30, years.
Christine's water color illustrations have been exhibited at the S. Londonderry Free Library, Vt., Martha Canfield Library, Dorest Village Library, 2000 - 2008, Chaffee Art Center's "When the Wind Bears Go Dancing, An Exhibit of Children's Book Illustrations," 2010, the Chaffee's member's shows, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Southern Vermont Arts Center, 2001, 2010. Tilbury House Publisher's "One of Us / Powered by Girl Exhibit," displayed at the Book Culture for the Book Expo America, NYC, NY., May 2010 and the Middlebury Arts Walk, 2009 and 2011. In 2015, her illustrations have been exhibited at The Master Story Teller’s Exhibit, (CBIG), Poe Park Museum, in Poe Park, Bronx, NY., the Fairytales Exhibit (CBIG) at the Brooklyn Library, Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Fur & Feather Exhibit at the Great Hall, in Springfield, Vt.
Christine Mix is currently listed on the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster for 2017.
She has successfully finished participating in the Arts Connect development program for integrated arts, offered through the Integrated Arts Academy, in partnership with VSA Vermont, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington City Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council.
Thanks to a grant through the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts, Christine has just finished an amazing Arts Residency at the Windham Elementary School, in Windham, Vt., where children connect with their local history through poetry, writing and drawing… lot’s of drawing!
“This experience was so valuable for the students in Windham on so many levels. It was one of the most engaged weeks I have ever had with the students in 13 years of teaching here. Christine was a great teacher, was well prepared, and fully engaged both during the week she was here, but also before and after as well helping with planning and the final celebration. I would not hesitate to have her back again for another artistic experience.”
Mickey Parker – Jennings, Principle / Teacher, Windham Elementary School, Windham, Vt., April 2017
To learn more about the residency, visit Chris’s blog at: http://chrismixillustrator.blogspot.com/
For more information, a full bio, portfolio & art educational programs visit www.christinemixart.com
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