Chil­dren’s book ex­plores life, art of Keith Har­ing

Book sales ben­e­fit Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee

The Boyertown Area Times - - COMMUNITY - Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion

Iconic Berks County pop artist Keith Har­ing will be in­tro­duced to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans through a chil­dren’s book re­cently writ­ten by his sis­ter Kay Har­ing.

A meet-and-greet book sign­ing will be held at Read­ing Pub­lic Mu­seum on Satur­day, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Keith Har­ing: The Boy Who Just Kept Draw­ing is a one-of-a-kind book that ex­plores the life and art of Keith Har­ing from his child­hood through his me­te­oric rise to fame. It sheds light on this im­por­tant artist’s great hu­man­ity, his con­cern for chil­dren, and his dis­re­gard for the es­tab­lish­ment art world. Re­pro­duc­tions of Keith’s sig­na­ture art­work ap­pear in scenes boldly ren­dered by Robert Neubecker.

“The book is ideal for chil­dren age 5 to 8, and for any­one in­ter­ested in the per­sonal story be­hind Keith’s love of draw­ing,” Kay Har­ing said.

The hard­cover book pub­lished by Pen­guin Ran­dom House is $16.99. Book sales ben­e­fit the Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (YAC) of Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. YAC is made up of ap­prox­i­mately 30 high school stu­dent vol­un­teers from across Berks County who an­nu­ally make de­ci­sions about $15,000 in grants that fund projects that ad­dress the is­sues fac­ing their peers in Berks County.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate Kay’s gen­eros­ity for put­ting the pro­ceeds to­ward our YAC pro­gram,” said Kevin K. Mur­phy, Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent. “She is con­tin­u­ing the ded­i­ca­tion to chil­dren’s wel­fare that Keith ex­hib­ited through­out his life.”

Keith Har­ing died in 1990 at age 31 of AIDS-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions.

Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion is do­nat­ing a copy of the book to each el­e­men­tary school li­brary in Berks County.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Kay Har­ing, visit www. kay­har­ing.com. To re­serve a copy of the book, con­tact Melissa Varone at melissa. varone@read­ing­pub­lic­mu­seum.org. Copies will be avail­able for pur­chase dur­ing the week­end-long book sign­ing.

Paid Mu­seum ad­mis­sion is re­quired to at­tend the event, which in­cludes a meet-and-greet with the au­thor, spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, ac­cess to all Mu­seum dis­plays, and a view of Har­ing works on loan to the mu­seum. Ad­mis­sion is $10 for adults age 18-64; $6 for se­niors and chil­dren age 4-17 and col­lege stu­dents with ID; and free for chil­dren 3 years old and un­der; and free for mu­seum mem­bers.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Cover of “Keith Har­ing: The Boy Who Just Kept Draw­ing.”

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