Publisher talks to Cornwall Art Hive and hopes to connect with locals


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TORONTO — A Canadian author, illustrator and now publisher hopes to connect with creatives in Cornwall.

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Lizy J Campbell, owner of The Elite Lizzard Publishing Company, which officially launched last month, took note of the artistry throughout Eastern Ontario. Last month she contacted members of the Cornwall Art Hive to talk about all things art.

Campbell has published various children’s books, including his Herbaceous the Boy Made of Cheese series. She has also published poetry, a short story and works as a freelance illustrator. Her work motto encourages writers to train to be great because she understands that some doubt me when it comes to publishing their own work.

A book created by Canadian author Lizy J Campbell, who hopes to work alongside Cornwall Art Hive. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Provided

“Canada needs to step up a bit, we need to get more books out,” she said.

Yafa Goawily, founder of the Cornwall Art Hive, hopes to keep in touch with Campbell, should any local art bees wish to create their own book with her publishing house.

“I think when we grow up a bit more, of course we can do music workshops, painting workshops, how to publish your own books,” Goawily said. “But for now, we are focusing on two programs, which are Art4All (when we go to the mall and the library) and Art Community.”

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Goawily started Cornwall Art Hive by sitting outside with free art supplies on a sunny day and encouraged locals to join her in creating something, whatever their skill level. Eventually, the band moved into the studios at 125 Pitt St. during the winter months. Throughout the shutdowns, Goawily made an effort to interview local artists in a podcast style, acknowledging many creators who were working on projects out of the public eye.

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“The main intention of the Cornwall Art Hive is to support and showcase all of our artists in the region,” she said.

The next Easter-themed Cornwall Art Hive event is scheduled for Monday, April 18 at Cornwall Square from 1-3 p.m. All material is free.

“Just bring your beautiful soul to practice the art. Art is a means of communication and connection, and nowadays the most important thing we need is to be connected,” read a statement on the event’s Facebook page.

To learn more about the Cornwall Art Hive, part of a global art network, visit its Facebook page.

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