Delving into the Backstock: Part 1

We have an extensive library at Stela and some of those titles may have escaped your notice. Let’s dig around in the archives and discover some gems. 442 The story of the 442 Regimental Combat Team made up of Japanese Americans during WWII. Despite their families being interred behind barbed wire and sentry towers in…

Valadon – A Retrospective

Marie-Clémentine “Suzanne” Valadon, was a French model and post-impressionist painter. Born in 1865 she was raised in poverty by her single mother. She had several jobs from millner work to a circus acrobat. At the age of fifteen she began her career as a painter’s model and posed for many Impressionists, most notably Renoir, Lautrec,…

Story Spotlight: Valadon

Suzanne Valadon was born in France in the late 19th century. She posed as a model for such legendary artists as Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec. More importantly she was an accomplished artist in her own right. Valadon had a varied and fascinating life, from a squalid childhood in poverty to a life of artistic renown, a…

10 Facts About Lumi White and Snow White

Lumi White is based loosely on the Grimm fairytale, Snow White. You can read more about the Grimm version here. Here are some facts about Lumi and Snow. 1. There isn’t just one Snow White story but actually several. The tale most likely has origins in the Medieval period. When the Brother Grimm collected it…

Story Spotlight: Treasure Island

Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest– Yo ho. The novel that defined most of the pirate mythology we enjoy today. Peg legs, eye patches, parrots on the shoulder, all appear here for the first time. Jim Hawkins is a young boy who gets drawn into a race for treasure and against betrayal in this…