Former Calhouner Gideon Kendall will hold a book reading and signing of the new children's book "Dino Pets" at Taylor Books in Charleston this Sunday.

The book is written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Kendall.

He is an illustrator, animator and artist who has published several books.

Gideon is the son of Jude Binder and Frank Venezia and a frequent guest artist at Heartwood in the Hills. He attended Brooksville Elementary School and Calhoun County High School.

He has been an animator for Cartoon Network, whose work can be seen in the cartoons Kids Next Door and Pepper Ann.

He resides in Brooklyn with his wife Julie Peppito, a Heartwood resident teacher who created The Sunbird for the Wood Festival in 2001.

The Heartwood Turtle Mask was designed and created by Gideon for the 1989 Heartwood production Goldie's Dream which was presented to school children of Calhoun County that year.

With an actor/director father and an artist/dancer mom, he was fortunate to be brought up in an environment that nurtured creativity.

His mother instilled in him a love of drawing at an early age. She left a ballpoint pen in his crib, and Gideon covered his sheets with drawings of cars, roads, and buildings.

He graduated high school in the Philadelphia area and then moved to New York City to study art.

He graduated from The Cooper Union for Science and Art with a BFA in 1989. For the past 15 years he has been working as an artist, illustrator, animation designer, and musician in Brooklyn.

In 2001 Gideon published his first children's book: "Littlebat's Halloween Story", written by Diane Mayr and published by Albert Whitman & Co.

His other books for children include "Dino Pets" by Lynn Plourde (Dutton, summer 2007), "Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere" by Ann McCallum (Charlesbridge spring 2007).

In 2006 Gideon illustrated "The Caveman's Pregnancy Companion", a how-to book for dads-to-be, written by David Port and John Ralston and published by Sterling Press.

He has illustrated articles and record covers for companies such as Children's Television Workshop, Scholastic, Geffen Records, HEEB Magazine, and College Music Journal.

He has shown his artwork in several NYC galleries including PS 122, HERE Gallery, and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts.

His rock band, Fake Brain has released several independent CD's and tours sporadically throughout the U.S. The Band recently performed a multimedia rock opera entitled "Dr. Wei-Wei & The Fake Brain" to sell-out crowds in lower Manhattan.

There are plans for a movie version as well. In addition to Fake Brain, Gideon is also in The Organ Donors (featuring the Percodettes) and Cooling Pies, which features the music of the incredibly talented Kevin Lacroix, aka Frank Atom.

In October of 1998 Gideon married Julie Peppito, a sculptor, painter, jewelry maker, and playground designer. They share a home and studio in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

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