Original Mike Wimmer Art on Display At Northwest Library in March


You need someone who believes in you—in your talent, in your dreams, in your destiny.  For award-winning Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer, that someone was his grandfather, who advised him that he would surely excel if he did what he loved.

What the Muskogee-born Wimmer loved best was art and his ability to create it with a blank piece of paper, a few pencil strokes, and a palette of colors.  Since breaking into the book illustration business, Wimmer has illustrated children’s books about George Washington, Jackie Robinson, Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, and others.  Publisher’s Weekly wrote of the American Library Association Notable Children’s Book “Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth,” “[Author Robert] Burleigh and Wimmer, the creative team behind ‘Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh,’ give a bravura encore performance, this time turning their attention to another 20th-century legend, Babe Ruth.”

Seventeen original paintings from “Home Run” will be on display at the Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd from March 1-15 during library hours.  The library can be reached by calling 606-3580.

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System event, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 14 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Almonte, Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.