Celebrate with us!
Opening reception on Sunday, November 6, 4:30-6:30pm.
Ceremony and entertainment begins at 5:30.
22 reasons to come to our 22nd Annual Illustration Exhibition.
1. Because if you join us you will meet more than 50 of the illustrators and writers behind your favorite children's books. Our artists have garnered an astounding 12 Caldecott Medals and 29 Caldecott Honor Awards.
2. Because we will be honoring Jules Feiffer on the 50th anniversary of his classic Phantom Tollbooth. Plus we will be exhibiting original artwork from My Side of the Car, the latest collaboration between Jules and Kate Feiffer. Plus we are only a short 8 mile drive to our good friends at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art where you can see the exhibition Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children's Book Art of Jules Feiffer
3. Because Mo Willems will be here. Need we say 'mo'?
4. Because Roger Sutton will be receiving the fourth annual Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy (which he well deserves!), presented by Reader to Reader- dedicated to bringing books, free of charge, to needy schools and public libraries across the United States.
5. Because there will be a rare opportunity to view and purchase original artwork by Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak, Alice Provensen and Tomie dePaola.
6. Because we represent the Estate of Dr. Seuss- and Charles Cohen- author of The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel will be here signing copies of his latest book The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss; currently #1 on the NY Times Children's Best Seller list.
7. Because Jarrett J. Krosoczka will be here fresh on the heels of his 10 year retrospective at the retrospective at the Worcester Art Museum-From Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: The Art of Jarret J. Krosoczka.
8. Because we will be welcoming Kadir Nelson to our roster of gallery artists, and sneak previewing artwork from the exhibition We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball which will be shown at the Eric Carle Museum February 7 - June 10, 2012.
9. Because John Bemelmans Marciano brought Madeline to the White House, and now he'll be bringing the original artwork to our house.
10. Because Barry Moser was the very first artist exhibited at R. Michelson Galleries (1979), and he has been here all 32 years since (and yes, I am feeling old as I write this), and this year we'll be exhibiting his most recent watercolors from Oh Harry by one of our favorite writers: American poet -laureate Maxine Kumin.
11. Because Angela Diterlizzi will sign her very first book for you, Say What, and Tony DiTerlizzi will sign The Spiderwick Chronicles or The Search for Wondla (if you ask real nice), and Jeanne Birdsall will sign the latest Penderwick. And because Scott Fischer might dress up like Lottie Paris (or he might not).
12. Because Rebecca Guay will showcase paintings from The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen, and will preview work from A Flight of Angels in advance of the book publication party at our gallery on Saturday November 19th, when she'll be joined by an all-star line-up of today's top fantasy talent, including Bill Willingham, Holly Black, Alisa Kwitney, Louise Hawes, and Todd Mitchell.
13. Because if you have never heard David Hyde Costello sing and play the ukulele and kazumpet to promote the publication of Little Pig Leads the Band (it's not enough to just write and illustrate these days), you have to be here. And if you have heard him before, you will want to be here.
14. Because Karla Gudeon will let you look at her Grandma's Wedding Album and Kathryn Brown will tell you why she's sometimes Quite Contrary.
15. Because Raul Colon and his wife Edie will be saying- Hola Northampton, and you can tell them how much you love the original artwork from Good-bye, Havana! Hola, New York!
16. Because you might see Mordicai Gerstein eating a Hot Dog as he recites poetry from his new book Dear Hot Dog. And because Steven Withrow will introduce you to PACYA the new "center of the universe" for lovers of Poetry for Children and Young Adults.
17. Because Wendell Minor will be back again this year, with artwork from Farm Friends, and Neil Waldman will be back with his classic Gary Paulson book covers.
18. Because we cajoled, wheedled and begged Diane DeGroat to exhibit the original artwork from her gazillion-copy NY Times Best seller Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond and she finally gave in-but you'll only have a 6 week window to purchase the original watercolors.
19. Because Jane Dyer will tell you why she's One Smart Cookie. And because Ruth Sanderson will tell you about her upcoming exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum- (congratulations Ruth!)
20. Because G. Brian Karas might tell you where to find Neville, the star of his recent collaboration with local (and worldwide) luminary Norton Juster; and because R. Michelson Galleries is where you'll always find the latest watercolors by E.B. Lewis.
21. Because if you come to the opening reception you'll meet Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian -a Caldecott (her)/Newbury (him)couple- and because we will be exhibiting the winning illustrations from the 2011 SCBWI-New England Conference (if you haven't joined SCBWI-you should!) by upcoming illustrators Katia Wish and Jeanette Bradley.
22. ...And finally, we almost forgot (but not really)...Because Rich Michelson will be here with the original Zachary Pullen artwork for his NY Times Notable children's book (congratulations Rich) Lipman Pike: America's first Home Run King.
Need More convincing? OK, We promise we'll have surprise guests and more.