Publisher speaks with Cornwall Art Hive, hopes to connect with locals

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TORONTO — A Canadian author, illustrator, and now publisher is hoping 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, has taken note of the artistic talent throughout eastern Ontario. Last month, she connected with members of the Cornwall Art Hive to talk everything art related.

Campbell has published various children’s books, including her Herbaceous the Boy Made of Cheese series. She has also published poetry, a novella, and works as a freelance illustrator. Her work de ella motto encourages writers to practice to become excellent, as she understands some my feel self-doubt when it comes to publishing their own work.

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

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

Yafa Goawily, founder of the Cornwall Art Hive, is hoping to stay in contact with Campbell, should any local artistic bees ever wish to create their own book with her publishing company.

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

Goawily started Cornwall Art Hive by sitting outside with free art supplies one sunny day and encouraged locals to join her in creating something, regardless of their skill level. Eventually, the group moved into 125 Pitt St. Studios during winter months. Throughout lockdowns, Goawily strived to interview local artists in a podcast style, giving recognition to many creators who were working away on projects out of the public eye.

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“The main intention for the Cornwall Art Hive is to support and highlight all our artists in the area,” she said.

The next Cornwall Art Hive event, which is Easter-themed, is planned for Monday, April 18 at the Cornwall Square from 1 to 3 pm All materials are free.

“Just bring your beautiful soul to practice art. Art is a way of communication and connecting, and these days, the most important thing we need is to be connected,” reads a statement on the event’s Facebook page.

To find out more about the Cornwall Art Hive, which is a part of a global art network, visit its Facebook page.

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