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Cheaper than a Movie Date (and more original too)

By on Jan 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

    “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” you ask. “I don’t know…See a movie? Everything’s so predictable and expensive,” your partner responds, “Why pay so much and not even be able to talk?” It’s date night, and the stakes are high. You need something entertaining, cost-conscious and Instagram-worthy, but you and your partner are fresh out of ideas. Luckily for you, GAS-ART Gifts has the perfect solution (and it’s much cheaper than catching a matinee Rom-Com and sharing a tub of popcorn and M&Ms). Choose a unique, wallet-friendly date night this weekend – our BYOB painting sessions! The $15 price includes an intimate setting, an art lesson from Caldecott Honoree R. Gregory Christie, and artwork you painted side-by-side with your date. Our BYOB painting sessions are every weekend at two different time slots, which gives you flexibility to pick which time is more convenient for you both. Come to a 4-6 PM session and grab dinner afterwards, or meet here for a 7-9PM session for a beverage and good conversation.   Find out what makes our sessions special below!   Relax Our cozy atmosphere and welcoming environment allows you the chance to enjoy your own company and meet new people from the community. Give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of the work week and come express yourself in our studio. People praise our class setting because it allows for personal help. An average party hosts no more than 20 students. This allows Mr. Christie to help anyone with specific painting tips and techniques. It’s a chance to have fun and learn at the same time. Create Make a piece of artwork you’re proud to take home, or even give as a gift. We pride ourselves in helping you create your own personal masterpiece, complete with his or her own flair and style. We have a handful of upscale options to choose from, and we focus on quality and the learning experience more than perfection. Mr. Christie says, “Usually people are surprised to see you start with a white canvas. They say ‘Oh, you aren’t going to sketch it…we aren’t going to trace it?’ You really surprise yourself at the end because you walk away with something...

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Freedom in Congo Square takes home Caldecott & King Illustration Honors!

By on Jan 26, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

This Tuesday, January 24, marked the end of this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. We are so proud to announce that Mr. Christie won both a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustration work in Freedom in Congo Square. Anyone unfamiliar with these accolades might ask, “Now what’s a Caldecott again? Who is eligible for these?” You can learn more about both Awards and Honors below: The Randolph Caldecott Medal   Per the Association for Library Service to Children’s website, “The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” This year, Freedom in Congo Square was chosen as one of four Caldecott Honor Books. The Coretta Scott King Book Award   The American Library Association website describes the Coretta Scott King Book Award, which “commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.” The Awards are given annually to “outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.” This year, Freedom in Congo Square was selected as one of three King Illustrator Honor Books. This is Mr. Christie’s third King Illustrator Honor Award (including Brothers in Hope by Mary Williams, 2006, The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2016 and Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, 2017), and his fifth time contributing to a Coretta Scott King Award winning book (including Author Honor Book, Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2010 and Author Award winner, No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2013).   See Freedom in Congo Square, and more books that won honors and awards during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, featured in these articles from Publisher’s Weekly, Chicago Tribune, and The New York...

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Welcome, ALA Atlanta Midwinter Meeting 2017!

By on Jan 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We are excited to share our city with the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2017 this weekend! Starting today Atlanta will be flooded with librarians, publishers, authors, illustrators, educators and book enthusiasts from across the country, who assemble together for a weekend of lectures, round table discussions, book signings, social events and more with book lovers just like them. This year’s Meeting takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center downtown from Friday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 24. The annual Midwinter event changes locations every year, and occurs months before the annual Conference, but it attracts professional in the industry and anyone excited to know more about it. GAS-ART welcomes visitors and locals, and we encourage you to explore our shop full of autographed children’s books illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, including Freedom in Congo Square, which made the Notable Children’s Book 2017 Discussion List!  Take some time between sessions to come by our store. Peruse our selection of children’s books for your local library, family or friends, and check out our postcards, framed paintings and prints. We are located inside North DeKalb Mall, which is easily accessible from downtown by MARTA. We look forward to seeing you! Here’s a tip! Make sure to check out this blog post on the ALA website for...

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The GAS-ART Gifts last minute holiday gift guide

By on Dec 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

You made your list and checked it twice, but somehow you still forgot to grab a gift for someone special. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season makes it difficult to remember everyone, but our last minute holiday gift guide has something unique and personal for anyone on your list.     Tiny Tots   Jazz Baby – $16.99 Mesmerize your infant with exciting illustrations and a contagious rhythm. Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie pair up for a celebration of music, imagination, and big families–but they know that even a jazz baby needs to snooze.         Keep Climbing, Girls – $17.99 This dynamic ode to girl power was written by Afro-American actor, poet and playwright Beach E. Richards, and first published in 1951. Her inspirational poem is given new life in this edition that includes an introduction by Lisa Gay Hamilton and stunning illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.       Children     Freedom in Congo Square – $17.99 One of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016, this poetic nonfiction picture book tells a little-known piece of African American history that captures a human’s capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances, and demonstrates how New Orleans’ Congo Square was truly freedom’s heart.     Philip Reid: Saves the Statue of Freedom – $16.99 Born into slavery, Philip Reid grew up on a South Carolina farm, helping various craftsmen such as the blacksmith and the potter. Eventually, he was sold to a man named Clark Mills, who was opening a foundry in Washington, D.C. Mr. Mills’s foundry is contracted to cast the Freedom statue but the project is jeopardized when a seemingly unsolvable puzzle arises. And it is Philip Reid, an American-born slave, who steps in.         Teens     The Champ – $10.00 – 30.00 Choose a colorful and dynamic print to brighten up your young adult’s bedroom wall, or pick a poignant print to enhance their college dorm room. Our variety is sure to inspire and empower any adolescent.   Standing Against The Wind – $10.00 – 30.00           Friends, family and significant others       BYOB Painting Sessions...

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Congrats to Freedom in Congo Square!

By on Dec 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

As 2016 comes to a close, we are excited to announce Freedom in Congo Square‘s great success among children and adults alike, and the numerous awards the book has received since its publication in January. Readers of all ages can appreciate Mr. Christie’s beautiful illustrations and the inspiring tale of freedom of expression amidst injustice. Maria Russo, children’s book editor for The New York Times Book Review, says, “Christie’s art is, as always, breathtaking, uniting folk art and sleek modern gestures with a graceful dynamism that calls to mind Jacob Lawrence and Benny Andrews.” Come by GAS-ART Gifts for an autographed copy of  Freedom in Congo Square to share with someone special this holiday season.  Honors include: Washington Post’s best children’s and young adult books of 2016 Horn Book Magazine’s best picture books of 2016 2017 Notable Poetry Books, selected by the National Council of Teachers of English School Library Journal’s best nonfiction books of 2016 Kirkus Reviews’ best picture books of 2016 New York Public Library’s 100 best picture books for kids And for the third year, we are proud to announce Mr. Christie received the New York Times best illustrated children’s book award....

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Our Bookstore Owner wins the 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor!

By on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Congratulations are in order as Mr. R. Gregory Christie the owner of GAS-ART GIFTS is a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor in Illustration for 2016. The honor is given to Mr. Christie for his work in The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. A committee with the American Library Association determines the candidates and finalizes the award winners. According to the A.L.A. website, the selection of Mr. Christie was decided upon the fact that he “promotes understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.” The A.L.A. states that the honor was created to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. This will make Mr. Christie a four time honoree to receive the Coretta Scott King Honor in Illustration. He was recognized for his previous works in 2006 for Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan written by Mary Williams, in 2001 for Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth written by Anne Rockwell, and in 1997 for his work in The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children edited by Davida Adejouma.    ...

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