I hope you all were able to make it to The Carle for Lisbeth Zwerger’s visit, but if not, let us share some of the highlights from that wonderful weekend with you.
We were so excited to finally meet Lisbeth, after admiring her books for so long. Lisbeth flew to The Carle all the way from her home in Austria for the weekend and her publisher, Michael Neugebauer joined us from Hong Kong.
We launched right into the festivities Saturday night with a Members Exhibition Opening. There were appetizers, drinks and socializing in our Great Hall and the new exhibition to view in our gallery. Most importantly however, we got the opportunity to chat face to face with Lisbeth. She was sweet, charming and oh-so-humble. Andy and I got the chance to show her that her books were actually the very first entered into our Shop’s inventory in 2002. How’s that for a compliment?
Saturday night was a wonderfully, star-studded evening as many artists, authors and children’s book industry members came to pay their respects to Lisbeth.
Here is Lisbeth Zwerger (left) with Nick Clark, Chief Curator (middle) and Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott Award winning illustrator (right).
And here’s Lisbeth (center) with Leonard Marcus, author and children’s literature scholar (left) and Etienne Delessert, illustrator (right).
Then we joined Nick Clark, our Chief Curator here at The Carle, Lisbeth and her publisher, Michael Neugebauer in the auditorium for a wonderful Q & A about Lisbeth and Michael’s long-standing publishing partnership.
(Left Photo) Nick Clark, Lisbeth Zwerger, and Michael Neugebauer on stage. (Right Photo) Lisbeth Zwerger and Michael Neugebauer.
On Sunday, Lisbeth was back again to give a slideshow presentation to a packed auditorium of fans about her journey and development as a picture book artist. Lisbeth showed us one of her first illustrated books, The Nutcracker and contrasted it with a more recent re-illustrated version twenty years later. When the two books’ images were placed side by side we could see the transformation of her artistic style over the years, from the theatrical and subdued, to dramatic and surreal. And Lisbeth made no effort to hide the fact that she prefers this newer version. She described this version as “more concentrated, with more atmosphere.” Lisbeth said that illustration for her is “to entertain myself because, of course, I have to have fun.” Well, Lisbeth, we are having fun right along with you.
Lisbeth followed the presentation with a book signing outside of our store with a line that wrapped around our Great Hall! While we were sad to see her go, we are thrilled we will have more time with her artwork on the walls of our gallery. If you haven’t gotten the chance, plan a visit and see the exhibition for yourself. It’s open until September 26th.