YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will welcome Canfield native Erika Steiskal, an illustrator and graphic designer, to discuss her creative process in illustrating “Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree” at two events Nov. 11.
Steiskal will be at the Austintown branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree,” a children’s book written by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, tells the story of Anne Frank, who loved a tree, and the tree who promised never to forget her.
“I hope my talks inspire the attendees — especially the children who come — and also help raise awareness of the Holocaust and its important place in history,” Steiskal, who now lives in Seattle, said in a news release.
Steiskal earned a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus and studied at the Illustration Academy at Ringling College of Art and Design. Her book and editorial illustrations have appeared in Luerzer’s Top 200 Illustrators, Spectrum, 3x3 and Communication Arts, and her paintings have hung at the Society of Illustrators in New York and the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, which awarded her a gold medal.
She is currently a graphic designer/illustrator at Lantern Press, which designs souvenirs for a wide range of clients and markets. At Lantern Press, Steiskal has created art for Ellis Island, the Grand Canyon and other historic sites around the country.