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Story published: 10-02-2012 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Bledsoe’s storytelling art on display

Jonesborough artist Bill Bledsoe has unveiled his newest – and next to last – official poster for the National Storytelling Festival.

“This is the 24th year that I’ve been doing these posters,” Bledsoe said. “I’m going to hang it up after next year. That will be my 25th anniversary.”

The poster, which features two “Hansel and Gretel-type” children, is meant to show the enchantmen and magic of Jonesborough, Bledsoe said.

“I did this as a pencil drawing several years ago,” he said. “I knew I wanted to make a print of it, but I was saving it for something special. After everything storytelling has been through, I felt like this was the right year for it.”

In addition to the poster, Bledsoe has also produced a handmade, hand-illustrated children’s book. The leather-bound book features an “Alice In Wonderland type of story.” He will hand-make only 40 copies at a cost of $150 each. Orders can be placed at Mauk’s where Bledsoe will have both the book and his posters on display.