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Mary Azarian

Mary Azarian

b. 1940

Mary Azarian was born in Washington D.C. and spent her childhood on a small farm in Virginia. She attended Smith College where she studied printmaking. After graduating, she moved to Vermont and lived on a subsistence hill farm. She gardened, made maple syrup and kept cows, chickens, sheep, horses and oxen. While teaching in a one-room school, she designed a set of alphabet posters recording the fast-disappearing rural lifestyle of Vermont. This eventually became her first picture book, A Farmer's Alphabet, published in 1981. Since then she has been hard at work cutting basswood into works of art.

Azarian started Farmhouse Press in 1970 and began producing woodcut prints. She has illustrated many books, including The Man Who Lived Alone by Donald Hall, The Tale of John Barleycorn, Barn Cat by Carol Saul, and A Symphony for the Sheep by Cynthia Millen. In 1999 she won the Caldecott Medal for the illustrations in Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Always intrigued by her immediate surroundings, she continues to depict the daily events of a rural life in her prints. She lives with three cats and a dog in a farmhouse in Calais, Vermont, where she grows a large garden and attempts to live as simple an existence as possible.

From The Four Seasons of Mary Azarian (Boston: David R. Godine, 2000).

tea time

January Teatime

adirondack

Adirondack Chair

adelma

Adelma's Room

canning

Ready for Canning

Haying

Haying

wheelbarrow

Blue Wheelbarrow

recess

Recess

town meeting

Town Meeting Day

Coming Home at Night

Coming Home at Night

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