Artist Profile: Anne Horjus from Chris Friesen on Vimeo.

The multitalented, Dutch artist Anne Horjus was raised in a small village near the Wadden Sea a the Northern provence of the Netherlands known as Friesland.  From kindergarten on he (yes, Anne, pronounced Ann-uh, is an old fashioned Friesian boys name) had to bike to school.  Every day he traveled through farm fields and other tiny villages, passing many Friesian farms and countless migrating birds using the coastline as their route.  Inspired by his surroundings he started to sketch, paint and make things with whatever he found (and was allowed to use) in the house.

After high school, Anne went on to study classical singing at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.  In addition to singing and teaching Anne is also a visual artist. This great combination of all these art skills has served him well.


Anne has been active in a variety of freelance projects including portraits,landscapes, art installations, murals, theater sets, woodcarvings, puppet building, storytelling and writing. He has illustrated several children’s picture books in The Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S.A.  He often combines his artistic skills to create unique, multifaceted performances to entertain large audiences.


Anne is a part time library program coordinator and has written for the Collaborative Summer Library Program Manual, which is distributed to public libraries in 44 states, for the past 4 years. World Book is one of his newest clients using his knowledge of theme related activities for the young through art and craft projects. He is a frequently asked workshops host for literacy related youth programming for library systems and school districts.

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