longtime art teacher welcomes book signing | Life

KC Kiner Wortman, a former resident of St. Joseph and a graduate of Bishop LeBlond High School, recently returned to the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art to welcome a signing of her recently published book.

Wortman has been working as a professional artist since high school. After college, she opened a studio where she taught art to children in downtown St. Joseph and founded the Heartland Art Fest to support local artists. She exhibited her work in juryed art exhibitions and taught summer art camps at the Albrecht Art Museum in the late 1970s and 1980s. She founded Heartland Art Fest in St. Joseph in 1979. She now lives in eastern Iowa where she owns and operates the Thou Art Gallery and represents over 35 local artists.

Wortman has illustrated and published children’s books for 30 years. His latest book is called “Goodnight Farm Friends” and tells the story of how farm equipment works while cultivating and harvesting fields. It features characters that include a tractor, plow, and combine as well as a skid steer loader and a dog named Popcorn.

“It was a fun story to illustrate, but being a town girl, I had to do a lot of research to get the machines correct,” Wortman said.

“Goodnight Farm Friends” was written by Nathan Hein. KC & Kompany is the publisher. For more information or to purchase a copy, visit the Wortman website tuartiowa.com.

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