Fancy Nancy illustrator donates artwork | News


An annual art show to raise money for foster children in Sangamon County kicks into high gear and gets whimsical.

Longing for Nancy, to be precise.

Early January, Illinois Time published an article about a local ministry, The James Project, which is hosting its sixth annual Artsy: An Art Fair for Children in Care! to raise funds to help foster children. The art exhibit began when 4-year-old Hollis Snyder read a book about a girl called Fancy Nancy, who raised money by selling artwork she created.

At her church in Springfield, Hollis discovered foster children in need and started an art exhibit in her backyard to raise money for them. The expanded show now features the work of children and adults, ranging from professionals to amateurs.

Robin Preiss Glasser, who has illustrated more than 50 Fancy Nancy books, read the Illinois Time article after his sister, who lives in Illinois, brought it to his attention. Glasser, who lives in California, contacted the newspaper and said she wanted to donate some of her original artwork, including drawings by Fancy Nancy, to The James Project to sell to help adopted children.

“I’m involved with two schools for children with disabilities, and I do art, acting, music and that kind of stuff,” Glasser said. THIS. “I have so much fun helping families and children. So when I saw this article, I thought I should encourage this kid, who has been doing this for a few years now.”

Olivia Hayse, director of the James Project, said her ministry was delighted to receive Glasser’s art and planned to auction it online. Because the number of people infected with COVID-19 has increased in Sangamon County, the date of the art exhibition has been moved to May 1. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Pharmacy, 623 Adams St., Springfield.

The James Project is currently providing five host families with homes to live in at no cost. The Closet, which is one of the ministry’s branches of the James Project, is providing new and gently used clothing to one of the county’s 625 foster children.

Scott Reeder, a Illinois Time personal editor, reachable at


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