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of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002

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2013: It Was a 10!

We give top marks to 2013 – the year of The Carle’s 10th anniversay! It was amazingly busy, packed with exciting events and exhibitions. We were so lucky to have such a stunning line-up of author and illustrator visits throughout the year, as well as puppet shows, theater performances, lectures and presentations and so much more. I thought it might be nice to take a little look at the year with some photos to remind us of the art, books, and good times we shared.

Let’s start today by looking back at 2013′s exhibitions:

BeyondBooks

Photo by Sandy Soderberg

We started out the year with Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle, which opened our eyes to Eric Carle’s special art projects that falls outside of his more widely known picture book art. The exhibit showcased everything from poster and book cover design and name collages to theater costumes and sets, abstract paintings and photography.

IconicImages

Illustration from TILLIE AND THE WALL, Knopf © 1989 by Leo Lionni. Collection of Lionni Family

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary we created the exhibition Iconic Images: Ten Years of Collecting for The Carle. It sampled original art from The Carle’s permanent collection including pieces by Leo Lionni, William Steig, Ludwig Bemelmans, Maurice Sendak, Margot Zemach, Petra Mathers, Arnold Lobel, Rosemary Wells, Ashley Bryan, Simms Taback, Jerry Pinkney, and Trina Schart Hyman. Truly a stellar cast!

Charlotte'sWeb

Photo by Sandy Soderberg

Some Book, Some Art: Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web celebrated the 60th anniversary of the classic book by E.B. White by showcasing original illustrations by Garth Williams, as well as unpublished preliminary sketches. Like, Wilbur, the exhibition was TERRIFIC!

Illustration © 2005 by Beatriz Vidal. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2005 by Beatriz Vidal. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2005 by Beatriz Vidal. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2000 by Honorio Robledo. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2000 by Honorio Robledo. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2000 by Honorio Robledo. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2000 by Honorio Robledo. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2000 by Honorio Robledo. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2000 by Honorio Robledo. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2007 by Raúl Colón. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2007 by Raúl Colón. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2007 by Raúl Colón. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2007 by Raúl Colón. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2007 by Esau Andrade Valencia. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2007 by Esau Andrade Valencia. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri Illustration © 2007 by Raúl Colón. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri arrange mode ? hide photo ? Illustration © 2007 by Raúl Colón. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri

Illustration © 2007 by Raúl Colón. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions, Kansas City, Missouri

In March, we welcomed the exhibition, Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares Art by Latino Artists. This multi-illustrator show featured the picture book art from stories and folktales collected from many Spanish-speaking regions, such as Mexico, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America. We were also lucky to host two of the featured artists, Lulu Delacre and Raúl Colón, for events at The Carle.

feathers

Illustration (c) 1980 by Eric Carle

Celebrating Eric Carle’s passion for nature and animals, The Art of Eric Carle: Feathers, Fins and Fur was a selective survey of Carle’s illustrations of animals. From birds to bears, from ocean to land, this was a fun look at animals of all kinds.

Art from A GARDEN OF ORDINARY MIRACLES © 2012 by Robert R. Zakanitch [Universe Publishing]

Art from A GARDEN OF ORDINARY MIRACLES © 2012 by Robert R. Zakanitch [Universe Publishing]

The spring also brought us Robert R. Zakanitch: A Garden of Ordinary Miracles, an exhibition that celebrated the beauty of all growing things. The original art from this perhaps previously unknown “alphabetical ode to nature” stunned and captivated everyone.

Photo by Marty Ulmans

Photo by Marty Umans

We eagerly awaited the summer opening of Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems (on exhibition until February 23rd). Comprised of nearly 100 works, this exhibition showcases the wide range of the prolific Mo Willems, including original picture book art of iconic favorites such as The Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny, as well as rare process pieces and innovative sculpture.

Friends

2013 was quite the special year indeed, as Eric Carle added yet another beautiful book to his growing canon. Friends is a celebration of friendship and childhood expressed in Eric Carle’s iconic and colorful tissue paper collage illustrations, accompanied by a poetic story of a child’s imaginative journey at play. Newly published only this November, we were given the rare opportunity to preview the original artwork in the exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Friends before the book’s official worldwide release. (We knew a guy). On exhibition until March 23rd.

Leave Your Sleep

In November we opened our current Central Gallery exhibition, Barbara McClintock and Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep, a collection of original artwork from the poetry compilation created illustrator Barbara Merchant and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant. On exhibit until May 4th.

What a year! Working here, often I love an exhibition so much, I really hate to see it go. It’s like saying goodbye to a friend. On the 0ther hand, knowing one show must go so another can arrive, gives you something to look forward to. And there’s so much to look forward to in 2014! Exhibitions of Bernard Waber’s Lyle the Crocodile, Simms Taback, Harriet the Spy and Madeline are all on my just-cannot-wait list. It’s going to be another good year. Stay tuned for a quick glimpse at the wonderful events that made 2013 so special.

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