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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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At The Carle: Ashley Bryan

Get ready. Ashley Bryan is coming back once again to The Carle and if you're here on Sunday, August 7th at 1 pm you are in for a big treat. Now, I've heard many an author and illustrator talk about their work in my day, but I can honestly say that Ashley Bryan is at the top of my list for being the most riveting, the most inspirational, and the most passionate of speakers. Not only is he an amazing award-winning illustrator and mixed-media artist whose work graced our galleries back in 2005, but he also has such a way with words. In an auditorium of 100 people, you'll swear he's talking just to you. It must be the storyteller and poet within him. To give you a little taste, here's a video of Ashley Bryan talking about his passion for poetry and performing "My People" by Langston Hughes.

Check out more Ashley Bryan videos at Simon & Schuster. Ashley's illustration style in his picture books over the past 40 years has varied from woodcuts to paintings to collages.  He's also a storyteller and a poet, as well as a scholar of African and African-American folklore.  He says his art is inspired by all the things he loves -  nature, community, music and poetry. All these elements are present in his illustrations and other art, such as the stained windows made out of sea glass and the puppets crafted from found objects from the beach near his Maine island home. Ashley says "If you put art in the world, you get beauty in return" and I think this is certainly true. Ashley will be presenting in our Auditorium on Sunday, August 7th at 1 pm followed by a book signing outside our store. For those of you who can't make it to the event, but would still like a signed book, we're accepting pre-orders for signed books online or by phone until Saturday, August 6th (4 pm EST). Click here for a list of Ashley's books available in our store. Fun fact: When Ashley created the illustrations for Beautiful Blackbird using collage for the first time, he used his mother's dressmaking and embroidery scissors to cut the paper. He pays homage to these scissors in the endpapers of his most recent picture books. Can you recognize which book this is by its endpapers?


Wednesday, August 8, 2010 - 12:21 pm
I am so disappointed that I will not be able to attend this talk and book signing. (I am also disappointed that I misidentified the Ashley Bryan endpapers in this week's puzzler. Those endpapers are from All Things Bright and Beautiful, not Beautiful Blackbird!)

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