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• WHAT: Local Author Book Signing and Art Show
• WHEN: 2-6 p.m. Feb. 13
• WHERE: Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue
• COST: Free
• INFO: 419-484-2787 or bellevuearts.net
Even though Bellevue native Kimberly J. Stults admittedly had an interest in writing for years, her motivation to publish wasn’t unveiled until recently when she decided to pen her family’s experiences with her autistic daughter Lorena, who is now 20 years old.
A nurse by trade, Stults’ first book “Lessons from Lorena: Living with Autism” was recently released, with a book signing planned for Feb. 13 at the Bellevue Society for the Arts. “The main reason I wrote the book is because when you have something like this happen in your life, and it’s not just having a handicapped child, it’s anything — being diagnosed with cancer or getting a divorce or having someone close to you die — you think you’ll never be okay again,” said Stults, who is also president of the Bellevue Society for the Arts Board of Trustees. “The one thing we’ve learned is that nobody is normal, everybody has their own normal and you do become okay again. In reading my book, I hope people take away that life can throw you curveballs but you can get through them and actually be better because of them.”
As for the book signing, instead of scheduling a normal one-and-done local event, Stults saw an opportunity to create something bigger. Joining her on Feb. 13 will be “Aged to Perfection “ author Dr. Roger Garcia and Bellevue Historian Bill Oddo, as well as local artists, such as Jim Andrews and Jan Scagnetti, showing off their work.
“When I approached the theater about doing a book signing for me, I also wanted it not to be just the book signing,” said Stults, a 1982 Bellevue High School graduate. “I wanted to feature kind of the entire arts community in the Bellevue area. So we’re doing a combination book signing, with authors in the area as well as Jim Andrews, who has been nationally recognized as a local artist in several mediums. Also the Society for the Arts has an agreement with Terra Community College. We actually have a music studio that does music and voice lessons and they’ll be presenting music that day. So it’s kind of an entire art experience in all the ways you can display art.”
Stults is optimistic this event can become an annual gathering in the future continuing to draw the public and artists alike. “We’ve had art shows for years and recitals for years, but we’ve never done an entire event like this,” Stults said. “People should recognize the theater in Bellevue is an integral part of the community and there’s a lot of different ways you can become involved on and off the stage. I hope they feel energized and happy and enjoy the arts.”
The Bellevue Society for the Arts’ book signing and art show takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue. For more information, call 419-484-2787 or visit
Here's the short book trailer for "Lessons from Lorena":