IN THE West Gallery
The Art of Eric Carle: Friends
Eric Carle's newest picture book Friends from Philomel Books published in November 2013, is a celebration of friendship and childhood expressed in colorful tissue paper collage illustrations and the poetic story of an imaginary journey of the child at play. Inspired by Eric Carle's memories of early friendships he had as a young child as well as friendships in his adult life, Friends is a testament to the importance of friendship for children and to the lasting bonds that remain through every stage in life.
IN THE Central Gallery
Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock: Leave Your Sleep
Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep, which appeared in 2010 to rave reviews, transformed a marvelous selection of children’s poetry into a collection of original songs. In 2012 a picture book of the same title was published with richly imagined watercolors by Barbara McClintock. Leave Your Sleep opens the door to a world of poems and songs filled with witches, fearless girls, blind men and elephants, and sailors. Sound, word, and image happily and brilliantly share the same stage. The Carle hosts an exhibition of selected works, from preliminary sketches to finished art, by McClintock as well as some of Merchant’s own initial visual ideas.