Reception and book signing at RutabagA in Geneseo

Claudia Loucks
Grace Kruger, left, Bettendorf; and Paige Swain, at right, a sophomore at Geneseo High School, sign a copy of their book for Cory Sellers, who was one of the many visitors to the RutabagA Art Gallery on April 4.

The event featured a book signing by the artist and author of “Triumph Over Tragedy,” which was written by Swain and illustrated by Kruger through the “A Book by Me” program. The event also was the opening reception of the annual Holocaust Memorial Visual Arts Display at RutabagA. Visitors are welcome to view the display during regular hours at RutabagA, which are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. RutabagA is located at 108 North State St., in downtown Geneseo.

The display at RutabagA features the art work of students in grades 6-12 in area schools which was entered in the annual Meyer and Frances Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Quad City Arts, and the Yom Hashoah ( Holocaust Remembrance Committee). According to Michaelsen, each creation includes a story of what the art work is about.