Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral Turns Life’s Everyday Moments into a Dance that Gives Flight to All Our Spirits

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Modern-day Scheherazade Pairs Stories and Paintings in Music At The Easel

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Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral is the daughter of the late Roy E. LaGrone who was a combat pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, our country's first division of black Air Force pilots whose heroism during WWII is paid tribute to in the recent movie Red Tails. Mr. LaGrone was also a master painter who taught his young daughter Marilyn not only about form and color and movement, but how to hone her inner vision in order to see creative designs ranging far beyond the stretched canvas. MUSIC AT THE EASEL is Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral's tribute to her father's legacy and all that he taught her.

LaGrone-Amaral augments those childhood lessons with her expertise as career artist, performer, and educator in this slim volume of work. Pairing archetypal paintings with anecdotal stories and mood poems, MUSIC AT THE EASEL showcases the author's desire to connect her inner voice to the outer world through the creative process and to share her art and experiences with others. Readers are lifted up into a world where a sense recollection or a moment in time are transformed into living stories – stories which connect universally through communal themes and which invite readers to explore their memories and observations and create their own personal mythology.

Accompanied by full-color paintings, the stories and poetry are, by turns, poignant, humorous, and provocative. A gifted storyteller, LaGrone-Amaral spins her tales such that we often don't know where we're being led. One summer evening in the Mississippi Delta, a young girl hides in the dark to listen to the “grown folk” talk, only to lose a bit of innocence by what she overhears. In New York City, a single mother creates a new holiday for she and her young son to welcome in what Native Americans call “bear season.” A relaxing visit to a spa in Koreatown turns into a humbling lesson for a woman when she encounters a blind homeless man. LaGrone-Amaral perceives the marvel behind chance encounters and unexpected events lost to many of us among the clamor of our day-to-day existence. Overall her work exudes a thankfulness and a joy for life, making MUSIC AT THE EASEL a refreshing antidote to the demands of an increasingly materialistic and cynical age.

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About the Author
Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral was born in the Year of the Rooster. She was raised in the perfect alchemy of the magical lore of the South in the Mississippi Delta and the concretive realities of New York City. At age 10, she began receiving several art scholarships with the gifted youth program at Pratt Institute of Technology in Brooklyn, N.Y. She attended Performing Arts High School and Washington Irving, finishing in the top quarter of her graduating class with an academic art degree. She went to Ohio State University and Juilliard School of Music, graduating with a degree in fine arts. Her career spans more than 30 years of creative endeavors in the arts. Inspired by and contributing to the multicultural milieu of New York, Los Angeles, and Europe, she has made her mark as an artist in a variety of media. She was a member of the famed La MaMa ETC as well as the Circle Repertory Company for many years. She performed in numerous shows both on and off Broadway and also worked as a graphic artist and illustrator for the Village Voice, Pageant, and the L.A. Weekly. Most recently, she performed a one-woman show in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Pillsbury House Theater Late Night Series, entitled “You Won’t Go Away Hungry.” She believes all individuals benefit by exposure to art and that a society experiences positive change when its members are given the opportunity to develop their own artistic expression. Her long-term commitment to share her talent through teaching in a variety of community-based art programs and educational institutions reinforce that belief. Commended by Mayor Villaraigosa for her work with at-risk children in inner-city Los Angeles and recently honored as a founding teacher with the non-profit organization Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, LaGrone-Amaral is currently working on turning her performance piece “You Won’t Go Away Hungry” into a book.

MUSIC AT THE EASEL * by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral
Prose Poetry Paintings
Publication Date: January 2, 2013
Picture Book; $31.99; 64 pages; 978-1-4797-3774-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $41.99; 64 pages; 978-1-4797-3775-8
eBook;$3.99; 978-1-4797-3776-5

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