OCTOBER 19-23 ILLUXCON 2017 Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA IX is the first, ground-breaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to imaginative realism—bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism and all that’s encompassed in the realm of the fantastic.
BOOK AND ART NEWS
NEW ADDITION TO HORSE DIARIES SERIES
CALVINO is a lovely new story written by my talented daughter, Whitney, which I illustrated witharound 20 interior drawings. THis is an exciting story set in 15th century Spain, and she did a huge amount of research to get the details correct on the Andalusian breed of horses. Historic fiction for 8-12 year-olds. Look under BOOKS tab to find more details and purchase link.
HORSE RESCUE BOOK
HORSE RESCUE: TREASURE was written by my daughter, Whitney, who is the author of two books in the Random House HORSE DIARIES series–GOLDEN SUN and DARCY, which I illustrated.
A few summers ago Whitney volunteered at Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham NY, the oldest horse rescue facility in the US. She was greatly impressed by their work, especially the theraputic riding, and the field-trip programs for urban schools. Whitney decided to write a book inspired by the horses there. Like the HORSE DIARIES, this story is told from the horse's point of view.
I was pleased to create the cover illustration for the project, based on a photo of the horse that inspired the story. Whitney generously plans to donate half her proceeds to Little Brook Farm. I encouraged her to publish using Create Space, the Amazon self-publishing arm, so she can control the price and also print books inexpensively for the farm to sell.
If you'd like a poignant read for yourself or a young horse lover, and would like to help support horses in need, here is the link to ORDER THE BOOK.
NOTE: If you purchase TREASURE on Amazon along with either of her other books, DARCY and GOLDEN SUN, which I illustrated, people who buy those on Amazon in the future will see TREASURE listed and more people will find out about it. Since this is self-published, that and social media/word of mouth will be the best ways for people to find out the book exists.
If you are interested in a digital copy --- Here is a link to a Kindle version.
NEW SCRATCHBOARD SERIES
I am working on a new scratchboard series (which I am calling INDIA INKED at the present.) Like words, art tells a story, and the fact that people display their stories on their bodies for all the world to see has always intrigued me. They are walking works of art. Many of the pieces will have surreal/evocative elements inspired by the imagery in the tattoos.
January 23- August 3 A MAGICAL JOURNEY THROUGH FAIRYTALES
An exhibition at the Wenham Museum of over 50 original paintings from many of my fairytales, as well as my latest book A CASTLE FULL OF CATS, and THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, a Golden Book I illustrated in the 1980's.
SEPTEMBER 23-25 IX Preview at DELAWARE MUSEUM OF ART
I will be there! DESCRIPTION FROM MUSEUM WEBSITE: Imaginative Realism combines classical painting techniques with narrative subjects, focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible. In partnership with IX Arts organizers, the Delaware Art Museum will host the first IX Preview Weekend, celebrating Imaginative Realism and to kick off IX9–the annual groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to the genre. Imaginative Realism is the cutting edge of contemporary painting and illustration and often includes themes related to science fiction and fantasy movies, games, and books. A pop-up exhibition and the weekend of events will feature over 16 contemporary artists internationally recognized for their contributions to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Marvel, DC Comics, Blizzard Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast, among others.
The weekend will also include after-hours events, performances, exclusive workshops with artists, talks, film screenings, artist signings, live demos, and games.
CLICK HERE to go to MUSEUM WEBSITE FOR HOURS
October 3 2016- April 1 2017 CATS IN HATS Exhibition
I helped to curate an exhibition at the D’Amour Museum of Art in Springfield, MA called CATS IN HATS, with over 35 New England Illustrators creating artwork on the theme to anticipate the 2017 opening of the new Dr. Seuss Museum.
OCTOBER 19-23 ILLUXCON 2015 Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA IX is the first, ground-breaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to imaginative realism—bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism and all that’s encompassed in the realm of the fantastic.
Oct 27-30 Alamo City Comicon I'll be a special guest of GALLERY ROAD at the San Antonio Comicon.
November 26-27 Monson Craft Fair I'll be in the Town Hall on Main Street The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. 9-4 on Saturday and noon -4 on Sunday.
This is my annual studio sale at One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA.
DECEMBER 4th 10am-noon Opening reception at the MANHAN CAFE. Come and see seventeen of my original scratchboard illustrations and enjoy great coffee at the Manhan Cafe. They also make great breakfast and lunch sandwiches. 88 Cottage Street Easthampton, MA. I'll have an Open Studio from noon-5 that day at Cottage Street Open Studios with around 50 other vendors.
APRIL 2-28 PICTURING WORDS at MAP (Mill Arts Project) gallery at Eastworks, Easthampton, MA An exhibition and sale of original illustration, poetry broadsides, books, and prints by the Western Mass Illustrators' Guild. Free drop-in workshops on creating picture book illustration for children of all ages during Easthampton Book Fest on April 11 from 1-4:30 pm. Exhibitors include Jane Yolen, Jeff Mack, Ruth Sanderson, Diane DeGroat, Bob Marstall. Lauren Mills, Michael Nelson, Dick Walz, Linda Graves, Nancy Haver, Sean Wang, and Jon Sideriadis.
APRIL 24-26 NE SCBWI REGIONAL CONFERENCE (The New England members of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield, MA This conference is great for both beginning and experienced children's book writers and illustrators. This year's theme is "Think Outside the Crayon Box". Last year sold out, so early registration is encouraged!
MAY 22-25 Artist Guest of Honor at BALTICON 49 The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention is over 400 Hours of Multi-Track Programming featuring authors, publishers, editors, artists, scientists, musicians and other creative SF luminaries. Join over a thousand SF fans for the area's largest and longest running convention of its kind! Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package.
JUNE 21-AUGUST 1 FACULTY, Certificate in Children's Book Illustration Graduate Program Hollins University, Roanoke, VA Hollins University offers a graduate level certificate in children's book illustration. The goal of this program is to help artists develop a personal vision and style for tomorrow's picture book market. The courses provide an opportunity for intensive exploration and improvement of students' art skills and knowledge of picture book fundamentals, while being informed by an in-depth study of both past and contemporary picture book illustrators.
AUGUST 15 2pm Guest Speaker at BOOK ILLUSTRATION: NANCY DREW AND HARDY BOYS The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA
AUGUST 28-30 Guest Artist at BUBONICON Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Albuquerque, New Mexico The theme this year is "Women of Wonder"
OCTOBER 21-25 Artist Guest at ILLUXCON 2015 Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA IX is the first, ground-breaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to imaginative realism—bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism and all that’s encompassed in the realm of the fantastic.
NOVEMBER 5-8 WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION Sarasota Springs, NY The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering (almost a reunion) of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. The number of Attending memberships are limited (to 850), and usually sell out in advance of the start of the convention.
This is my annual studio sale at One Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA.