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On the Cover | Dec. 22, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Beth Peck

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“A Christmas Memory” by Beth Peck
(Illustration for “A Christmas Memory” written by Truman Capote. Watercolor, pen, ink on cold press watercolor paper.)

Beth Peck
Beth Peck

“In this illustration, Sookie and the young Truman cut their own Christmas tree and then transport it in an old baby carriage. I love the humor of this scene. The lady in the fancy car leans out and whines 'Giveya two bits cash for that ol’ tree.' Sookie is so proud of their tree, ordinarily so shy, she defiantly replies 'We wouldn’t take a dollar.' Queenie, their loyal rat terrier is always a part of their adventures and after all the effort of finding the tree, cutting it down and hauling it back, once home: 'Queenie slumps by the fire and sleeps till tomorrow, snoring loud as a human.'”  – The Artist

What we were thinking: A Christmas Memory, illustrated by Menomonie resident Beth Peck, was created for the Children's book, A Christmas Memory written by Truman Capote. This piece depicts the characters Sookie and the young Truman cutting their own tree for the holidays and transporting it in an old baby carriage. The watercolor and pen/ink medium, along with the style of the illustration create a whimsical and relatable setting for the holiday season."V1 Designer Josh Smeltzer.

Volume One finds its cover art in a number of ways, from local art shows to random emails to knowing someone who knows someone who knows a great artist. The art always originates from a current or former Chippewa Valley resident. If you'd like to submit cover art, send us a letter.

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