Freelance cartoonist and illustrator Paul Merklein, who combines dynamic art, comedy and audience participation as he draws famous faces and people right from the audience, will lead two programs at Bernardsville Public Library on Saturday, September 28. At 1:00 pm, there will be a family oriented program and at 3:00 pm, children in Grades 4 through 12 will get tips on how to draw Super Heroes.
Mr. Merklein performs in libraries, schools, colleges, and at festivals and special events around the country, entertaining all ages. He has been called “an amazing artist” and “a magic marker wizard” by reporters and fans.
Merklein began his career as a professional artist at the University of Wisconsin, where he drew signs for the Student Union Publicity Department while he was studying art. After college, he worked as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator for newspapers, magazines and online media, including The New York Times and The Milwaukee Journal. In 2001, Mr. Merklein performed his first "Great Big Faces" show at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and he has performed at Milwaukee's Summerfest, Harvard University, and The Freeman Stage in Delaware.
There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is required. Register online at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org and follow the link from Kids Programs/Activities, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.