Teri Saylor and Shannon Johnstone are pleased to announce they have been awarded an Artist Support Grant that will enable them to publish the second book in The Adventures of Puddin and the Fruit Bat series.
The Adventures of Puddin and the Fruit Bat: Book One, The Perils of Puddin is the first volume in a series of stories that follows an unlikely kinship between three very different characters who live together: Puddin, a big, old, heavy dog with lots of shaggy fur; Rotten, a bossy cat; and Stella, a small, energetic puppy who is a newcomer to the household.
The powers of the universe have brought Puddin, Stella, and Rotten together, and together they find themselves in a variety of adventures. One of these lovable animals has a special superpower.
Saylor, a freelance writer in Raleigh developed the book’s concept and storyline, and Johnstone, a Cary photographer and professor of art at Meredith College, created the illustrations.
The Artist Support Grant program provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. The grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development.
The Adventures of Puddin and the Fruit Bat is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
In an email announcing the grant, vice president for education and community programs, Ragen Carlile wrote: “Grant awards were determined after careful discussion, evaluation, and deliberation among the grant panels and members of the United Arts Board of Directors. Of the 116 applications received, only 62 were approved for funding. Requests for funding continue to exceed available dollars.”
The funds will be used to publish another book in the series. Its working title is “Puddin and the Puppies,” and it will be launched in Spring 2021.
About the author and artist
Teri Saylor is an independent journalist and communication professional in Raleigh, with more than 25 years of experience in journalism, public affairs, and nonprofit management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from North Carolina State University and has studied documentary arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham. This is her first book.
Shannon Johnstone received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her project, “Landfill Dogs”, has been featured in national and international exhibitions and magazines, and was most notably on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and CNN.com. Johnstone is a tenured Professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.