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WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH – Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and environmental stewards. Today the legacy of their pursuits lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding and participation in art, science, and nature through programs for youth, adults and families.

The Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence is open to professional and emerging artists in all media – visual and performing arts, craftspeople, authors, poets, composers, eco artists and media artists. The Residency provides an opportunity to pursue and share art and the artistic process in the inspirational setting of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

The Residency provides the community with direct, hands-on experiences with working artists and an opportunity for the artist to work in an educational and community setting. The Residency strives to encourage students and community members to understand the role of the artist in contemporary society, to engage in the creative process, and to think critically about the arts. The Residency allows the artist to help students, teachers and community members to experience the arts through a variety of activities – programs, workshops, interactive walks/hikes, performances, exhibits, and open studio times, and allows time for the artist to create work.

Through their work, artists contribute to the learning process for people of all ages. Through the Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence, we hope to provide an outlet for the creative spark that ignites an individual or entire community to embrace the arts as an essential part of daily life.

The 2014 Rey Center Artist in Residence is Marty Kelley. Marty, a New Hampshire native, is a children’s book author, illustrator and a self-proclaimed recovering second grade teacher. If you have children (or not) you may know some of his books: “Twelve Terrible Things, “Spring Goes Squish” and “Fall Is Not Easy” to name a few. Marty will be in residence at the Curious George Cottage on Noon Peak Road in Waterville Valley from September 1 through September 14. If you would like the opportunity to see Marty at work, he will be holding open studio hours on Saturday September 6 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday September 9 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. There will also be an artist reception on Saturday September 6 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. when you can meet Marty over complimentary refreshments and then enjoy his Community Presentation titled “Children’s Books For Fun & Profit But Mostly Fun” starting at 8:00 p.m. For more information on Marty Kelley, visit his website at

The Artist in Residency program is created to honor the creative and artistic legacy of the Reys’ in the place that served as both inspiration and retreat. The Curious George Rey Fund and the Margret and H.A. Rey Center jointly support the Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence.



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