Del Mar Art Center to host illustrator at book signing April 18

The Del Mar Art Center Gallery will welcome former member Sue Ann Erickson at 1 p.m. April 18 for the launch of “Three Tales, Four Dogs,” a children’s picture book written by Roz Silva and illustrated with Erickson’s lively watercolors.

Silva will read from the three amusing tales told in rhyme, and Erickson will present a quick and fun drawing lesson for novices of all ages: “How to Draw a Dog, Starting With Love.” The program, appropriate for all ages, will include door prizes, light refreshments, and party favors, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Erickson is visiting from Washington, N.J., where she now lives. As a member of Del Mar Art Center Gallery from 2009 to 2014, she sold original acrylic paintings, intaglio prints, greeting cards, and one-of-a-kind painted boxes and birdhouses. She has created characters for friends and family for years, but the charming watercolors in “Three Tales, Four Dogs” represent her first venture into children’s book illustration.

“Sue Ann does a fantastic job of illustrating the interactions between people and their canine pals in her happy, colorful paintings. She captures the quirky, appealing characters in these stories perfectly,” says Linnea Dayton, head of Solana Beach’s Dayton Publishing, which is hosting the April 18 event at the Gallery’s location, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 314, Del Mar, on the top (Plaza) level of the Del Mar Plaza (look for the balloons!).

Call 858-481-1678.