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Kimberly Ann Francis is rapidly becoming a recognizable face in the local artist community.

Francis was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. 

Last winter Francis had written and illustrated a children’s book. She is currently working on two books at the moment. A book about a blue rhinoceros and another book about art. Francis plans on getting these books completed by next year.

Additionally, Franicis is teaching art classes, as well as hosting an art show on Tuolumne – Comcast Channel 8 called “Artists of the Mother Lode”.

According to Francis, “I started curating at the Ventana Gallery in October of 2010. Dennis Garcia (owner of the gallery) asked me to host “Artists of the Mother Lode” in September of 2011. I said yes.”

The next show will be seen on September 21st at 8:30pm on Channel 8.

Francis is also teaching classes to young children in the new classroom space at the gallery. 

“My love for art has always been a part of me and now I get to share it.” said Francis. “I conducted my first class in August. My students work is impressive and to see the spark they get when trying new art mediums is truly why I teach these classes.”

Francis continued, “I teach classes to small class sizes of young students, which allows a great one on one experience for each student to enjoy and understand the project fully.”

Classes range from $35 to $45 for each student with supplies being included.

Francis points out that classes are offered to adults as well.

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Francis will have a booth at the 23rd Annual Quilt and Thread Show at the Mother Lode Fairground this weekend, Sept. 15 and 16. She will be selling and signing her children’s book and newest art.

At the end of the month, Francis will be a speaker at the “Tuolumne Writers Retreat” held at Columbia State Historic Park September 28-30th.

Finally, Francis will represent the 3rd Annual ITSA Film Festival as the Public Relations Coordinator from November 2-4.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.