The public is invited to Fontenelle Forest Nature Center this Saturday, October 26, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for the debut of the children’s book “The Chorus of the Forest” written by author/sculptor Kirk Vaughn-Robinson.
The event will include readings, a book signing, and the unveiling of a sculpture of Kit and the Beast, the two main characters in the book.
“The Chorus of the Forest,” which takes place partially in Fontenelle Forest, is a story about the importance of being yourself, celebrating your uniqueness, and making good choices while in nature. One fall day while walking home after being teased at school, Kit, an enthusiastic child with a strong inner voice, cuts through Fontenelle Forest and happens upon a napping Beast. Kit decides to take the Beast, which is meant to represent all living things in the Forest, home for the evening. What ensues is an adventure for both of them ending in a lesson about why it is important to not take plants and animals from their homes in the Forest.
The book launch event is free for members or with general admission. Books and souvenirs will be available for purchase.
The Kit and Beast sculpture is the final piece Vaughn-Robinson will complete as Artist-in-residence for Fontenelle Forest’s “Green Revolution” exhibit. The two other projects that Vaughn-Robinson has completed during the exhibit include “Cernunnos,” a large bust of a god from Norse folklore, and a series of hanging bat. Materials used for all projects were mainly recycled or upcycled.
Vaughn-Robinson is a self-taught sculptor and artist. With a degree in Vocal Performance, he has performed with regional opera companies in the Midwest as well as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera. He also traveled the US and Canada as a cast member in the national Broadway tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Vaughn-Robinson has sung roles with Opera Omaha, The Rose Theater, and the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.