Rie Muñoz created the illustrations for the original children’s book King Island Christmas upon which the musical is based. Her original artwork also graces the covers of the Song Book and original Cast Recording CD. During her many years in Alaska, artist Rie Muñoz has lived in a variety of small communities, including prospecting and mining camps. From 1951-52 Muñoz taught school on King Island in the Bering Sea. Rie Muñoz has had many solo watercolor exhibits at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and in other cities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. In May of 1999 Muñoz received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Award from the University of Alaska Southeast. In September of 2000 she was named Artist of the Year at the Pacific Rim Art Exhibition in Seattle and in September of 2002, Artist of the Year at the Puyallup Fair. For more information on Muñoz’s work, refer to