When: Saturday, April 15 at 11 AM - 2 PM
Where: Modern Mouse: 2223 S Shore Ctr, Alameda
What: Awaken the inner-kid in you and explore the art of Genevieve Santos. The illustrator, aka Le Petit Elefant, will be coming to Modern Mouse for two days to share her talent and to sign her newly published books, including her first two novels in the Daisy Dreamer series. With each signature, the author will also give away her trademark, hand-drawn "imaginary friend" illustrations, drawn on-site. This is a great opportunity to purchase her books and mingle with her and her fans. The event is free, so come check out her work!
Genevieve started Le Petit Elefant in 2009 to demonstrate her love of traveling and art. She named the company after her beloved book, The Little Prince, and reflected her love for elephants in the title. She manages all aspects of her business: Her responsibilities include designing, illustrating, printing, scoring, packaging, sewing, cutting fabric, and more. Due to her love of travel, she accomplishes much while mobile, opting out of working in a studio. Despite the crazy workload, her business allows her to express her passion of telling a story.
She has always taken her artistic devotion a step further than the rest of her crowd. For example, when she was 5, she practiced the obsessive exercise of slowing down VHS tapes and studying what she saw frame-by-frame. Since then, she has participated in many shows and galleries, including Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney and the Supahcute Team Show. Her works sell domestically and internationally.
An avid traveler, Santos admits that she cannot stay in one location for more than six weeks at a time. She has visited over 30 countries, including China, Greece, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France, UK and more.
Both days of the event will feature free book signings. Saturday offers a free giveaway of Daisy Dreamer Canvas Bookmarks for the first 20 book signings. On Sunday, Genevieve will give away complimentary, live-drawn "Imaginary Friends" with each free signing. Drawings will be simple illustrations on 4 x 6 inch sheets of paper, completed within 5-7 minutes for each customer. Books will be signed on a first come, first serve basis.
Modern Mouse recommends ordering the book ahead of time. To do that, you can click on the following links: Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend (#1) Daisy Dreamer and the World of Make-Believe (#2) By ordering early, customers can have their $6.95 shipping fee refunded to their Paypal account. Request the pickup by clicking "Add a note to your order" on the Your Cart page.
Books are scheduled to arrive at Modern Mouse by 3/22.
To find out more about the artist, check out her website by clicking here. The website provides links to her blog and to her products, artwork, and books. To find out more about the event, you can contact Modern Mouse by calling them at (510) 814-8830 or by visiting their website. To check out their other products, mostly made by local artisans, you can visit the store from 11AM to 7PM Monday through Friday, 10AM to 7PM on Saturday, and 10AM to 6PM on Sunday.