Local illustrators showcase


8 December 2021 to 23 February 2022 •  Melton Library and Learning Hub

We celebrate the creativity and initiative of self-published and independent children’s illustrators and writers in our community with this double-bill exhibition at Melton Library over the summer holidays!


Stephanie Bell

‘Beware the Dog’ showcases the artwork behind the self-published children’s book created by local husband and wife team Stephanie and Jeremy Bell. Inspired to show their own children the joy of reading, this couple made a quirky story about their dog Buddy, who despite his size thinks he is bigger and scarier than anyone else! Enjoy the story of this cheeky dog as it unfolds through Stephanie’s original sketches, watercolours, and pastel and ink illustrations.

Image: Stephanie Bell, Beware the Dog, 2020, watercolour, coloured pencil, pastel and ink



Sandra Harwood, Audrey Buttigieg Cardona and Margaret Thompson

Sandra Harwood, author of Creating Mindful Moments, Each Moment, Weedy Thoughts and School of Boring, along with illustrators, Audrey Buttigieg Cardona and Margaret Thompson create mindful moments for children through stories, artworks and illustrations. Stories and illustrations help viewers discover their own unique way of being mindful, and explore some gentle and fun ways to practice self-care.

Sandra Harwood, a mindfulness specialist at St Christopher’s Primary school, has authored four books promoting mindfulness. Audrey Buttigieg Cardona is a Visual Arts teacher at Christ The Priest in Caroline Springs who illustrated Sandra’s fourth children’s book. Margaret Thompson is the illustrator of Sandra’s 3rd book, called Weedy Thoughts.

Image: Audrey Buttigieg Cardona, School of Boring, 2020, watercolour on paper