Holiday Art Walk Features Work Inspired by Award Winning Book: KenKarta

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In a surprise move, the Pennello Gallery in Cleveland’s Little Italy chose the award winning work of new local author, Alison Kartevold, and Pittsburgh based artist, Les Polinko, as the center piece of its much anticipated December showings for the 35th annual Holiday Art Walk.

Artwork of KenKarta is Featured at Pennello Gallery

Why wouldn’t we feature this award winning novel in our gallery,” says Pennello co-owner, Jacquie Meyerson, “The book itself is a work of art!

The Holiday Art Walk is a time honored tradition of Cleveland’s thriving Art District in Little Italy. For three days and evenings each December area galleries roll out their best finery and deals to impress holiday shoppers in search of the unique. This year the Pennello Gallery crossed over to the world of literature to offer their patrons something completely new. For the first time ever they featured a book as the headline attraction in their fine art gallery.

“KenKarta: Battle of the Onoxmon, isn’t just a tween fantasy novel,” says Pennello co-owner, Sue Cahn. “It is a beautiful new world that sprang from the boundless imagination of the marvelous new author Alison Kartevold. Better yet for us, that world has been brought to life through the inspired sculptures, paintings and illustrations of, Les Polinko. She is just fabulous!”

A wall covered by creatures and landscapes that inhabit the land of KenKarta greet you as you walk into the perfectly eclectic gallery. The acrylic paintings show off the rich and vibrant color pallet described throughout the book. Beneath the paintings is a selection of creatures never before seen in this world, fashioned to life with painstaking care and detail out of polymer clay by Polinko’s award winning hands.

“Her ability to work in varied mediums is amazing,” says Kartevold, of Polinko. “Be it through paint, clay or pen, Les is able to make you believe that fantasy is real.” This holds true for the book itself. Polinko’s work adorns the front and back covers, and occupies the pages within. The 300 page novel contains 25 characters and places that Kartevold dreamt up with her young daughters, which Polinko then illustrated with the straight forward strokes of a fountain pen. “I love working on this project. Fantasy is my favorite genera and Alison pushes me to expand my horizons to help create a whole new realm,” says Polinko.

“Why wouldn’t we feature this award winning novel in our gallery,” says Pennello co-owner, Jacquie Meyerson, “The book itself is a work of art!”

Kartevold is an Emmy award winning journalist whose work can be seen on programs like NBC’s Today Show. She ventured into the world of fantasy at the request of her two young daughters and is thrilled with the results. “KenKarta: Battle of the Onoxmon has only been out a few months, but already it has won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and is now being featured in one of the premiere art galleries of my new home town. What first time author wouldn’t be thrilled with that?”

The book and artwork of KenKarta: Battle of the Onoxmon will be on display throughout the month of December at the Pennello Gallery in Cleveland’s Little Italy. (216) 707-9390 12407 Mayfield Rd. Cleveland, Ohio For more information about the author or artist contact Sherry Linger Kaier at The Artist's Orchard.


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