Retro Charlotte

ChristmasVille and Vernon Grant

“Breakfast with Santa”
“Breakfast with Santa”

In 2014 author Linda Williams asked my help in locating photos of artist Vernon Grant for a book she was working on. Before then I had no idea of the local connection to the prolific artist. Linda’s book, Beyond Snap! Crackle! Pop!, is colorful, thorough, and just plain fun to look through!

Staff writer Celeste Smith wrote about Grant and the ChrismasVille Festival in 2009 - here’s an excerpt:

“If the strolling carolers, snow, horse-drawn carriage rides and roaming gnomes don't help set the scene for Rock Hill's ChristmasVille event, organizers know the distinctive artwork of the late Vernon Grant will.

“Grant, the town's ‘favorite adopted son,’ is best known as the creator of Kellogg characters Snap, Crackle and Pop - but he also created scores of images of holiday scenes featuring Santa, his helpful gnomes and quaint village scenes.

“Grant, who also created the Glen the Frog logo for Rock Hill's annual spring Come-See-Me festival, died in 1990 at age 88.

“Organizers say the fourth annual ChristmasVille, which runs Thursday through Sunday and includes 70 events, is a celebration of Grant's holiday images and the time of year that inspired them.”