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March 16, 2021

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Mary Vermillion, Community Relations Manager
Whatcom County Library System
mary.vermillion@wcls.org
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Teen Artists From Whatcom County Featured In Print and Online Publication

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is celebrating talented young artists in the Whatcom community with the release of its 15th annual teen art anthology, Whatcomics. Teens submit artwork in many styles including pen and ink, colored pencil, paint, and digital art.

The program is coordinated by WCLS Teen Services Coordinator Tamar Clarke and promoted countywide. “Whatcomics gives teens a chance to contribute—to share their passion, talent, and artwork,” said Clarke. “The artists in these pages opted to paint, draw, doodle, and sketch, sharing with us worlds they observed or imagined during this very unique year.”



The artwork selected for the Whatcomics cover was created by 7th grader Mackenzi Flores, who enjoys visiting the Deming Library. Their artwork, Fine Lines, was selected because of its originality, composition, and how well it spoke to the themes present in the collection. Lynden Library patron Sorrel Thoerner’s illustration, Neon Existence, is featured on the back cover.

Last year’s cover artist, Payton Elefson, a 12th grader who participates in programs at the Ferndale Library, acted as the Teen Advisor for this year’s publication. She also submitted artwork that is included in the publication.

It is clear that the events of 2020 influenced the artwork in this year’s Whatcomics. There are portraits of solitude, tributes to health care workers and protestors, references to technology, and imagined worlds far away from this time and place. Artwork was received from teen patrons at nine of the 10 WCLS library branches, the WCLS Bookmobile, and BPL libraries, including “Empty” by 7th grade BPL patron Isabelle Bradford.

While COVID restrictions prevented the library from hosting an art exhibit with the publication launch, each teen contributor received a copy of the publication. Everyone is invited to check out the digital version of Whatcomics online or borrow the book from the WCLS collection. See links below.

In addition to the Whatcomics publication, the Whatcom County Library System publishes a teen poetry anthology every spring called A Forest of Words. Submissions for this year’s anthology are accepted through March 15, 2021, online or through any of the WCLS library branches. Visit wcls.org for more information.

About the Whatcom County Library System: Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) connects people with information, ideas, and community. WCLS circulates more than 2 million items annually through 10 branches, the bookmobile, and a Library Express location on Northwest Drive. Residents have access to WCLS’s rich collection of books in print and digital formats, music and movies, online digital services, inspiring events for every age, and public meeting spaces. Experience “The Power of Sharing” by visiting in person or online at WCLS.org.


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