Book to Art Club: The Isle of Guernsey

The Camas Library‘s Book to Art Club is the perfect springboard for the person with a creative imagination who’s inspired by words. The premise is simple: everyone in the club reads the same book, then uses the story as the mental springboard for an original work of art. The medium can be anything—drawing, painting, fiber or ceramic, glass or metal, jewelry or photography. Then you bring your completed art piece to the club, where you can share and discuss it with other attendees.

This month’s book selection is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society,” by Anne Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, which explores the five-year German occupation of the Channel Islands—specifically Guernsey—during World War II. The islanders sent their children to England to escape the occupation, but all communication with the mainland was cut off, and in fact they believed that London had been razed. The Germans commandeered the islanders’ homes, gardens, and livestock, brought prisoners of war to the island to build bunkers, and Churchhill refused to allow food transports to Guernsey because he didn’t want to aid the German soldiers, resulting in starvation for both the islanders and the occupiers. However, the brave and crafty islanders find innovative ways to survive and to help each other.

The next Book to Art Club (hosted by Judy Wile, who is also the creative genius behind the Camas Library’s monthly Craft-o-Rama group) will meet on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The Book to Art Club is absolutely free to attend and open to anyone age 18 and over. Sign-up is required. To register, call 360-834-4692 or e-mail jwile@cityofcamas.us. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Above: a seaside cottage in the Channel Islands

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