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Wallace, Sandra Neil

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Bryan Collier. Professional football player Ernie Barnes (1938–2009) considered himself first and foremost an artist. This engrossing picture-book biography traces his life through his childhood in segregated North Carolina, debilitating injuries, and financial struggles to the long-in-coming New York gallery show of his paintings. Watercolor and collage illustrations capture mood, setting, and action but wisely don't mimic Barnes's style; several painting reproductions are appended. Reading list. Bib.

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