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It was a great show in 2018. Thanks to all the volunteer power and amazing fans that make this one of the best fiber festivals in the U.S. Keep checking https://sheepandwool.com/schedule/  for the latest Festival Schedule. When our 2019 sched is ready, it’ll be there (check the dates). See you again in October!
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Lee Harper

In his own words...
Before I had the manual dexterity to draw I entertained people with my Groucho Marx impersonation. Once I was old enough to control how a pencil makes marks on a piece of paper, I diverted my creative energy from Groucho impersonating to drawing.

I always loved to draw. On rainy days I would spend hours doodling — crazy cars, monsters, fighting machines, goofy people — that kind of stuff. In the fifth grade I illustrated a book report on James Fenimore Cooper's THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Although it didn't quite come out as well as N.C. Wyeth's version, I was very proud when my teacher decided it was of high enough artistic merit to be passed around for the entire class to see! That first experience of illustrating really inspired me.

Soon my love for doodling grew into a serious ambition to be an artist. After high school I attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where I was awarded the Lewis S. Ware Memorial Travel Scholarship.

After college I embarked on the most challenging and rewarding adventure of my life... being a husband and father of four wonderful children. My career path took a few detours that didn’t always involve working at a job that required writing or making art, but I never stopped writing, drawing, and dreaming. I think it was the experience of fatherhood — and all the picture books I read to my children — that made me start dreaming of being a picture book illustrator and author. In 2001 I began writing children’s stories and working on a picture book portfolio. For many years the only thing I had to show for all this work was a pile of rejection letters a foot-and-a-half high.

 In 2008 my dream came true with the publication of my first book, WOOLBUR. It was written by Leslie Helakoski and I did the illustrations. WOOLBUR was a 2008 Book Sense Hot Pick, a Great Lake Book Award finalist, and The Gift of Literacy Oregon Book Choice. It was also nominated for state book awards in Vermont, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Nevada, Florida (Honor Book), South Carolina, Nebraska, North Carolina, Arizona, and Washington.

My Authors Sessions

Sunday, October 21

9:00am EDT