Thursday, June 20, 2013

Countown to a Mo-tastic weekend.

Mo Willems Exhibit Catalog

Visitors to the blog will be aware that this weekend will see the opening of two big exhibitions of my work in Northampton and Amherst, MA.


For those who don't, the details are here on the Eric Carle Museum blog.

You can hear more about both shows in this fun radio interview with local DJ Bill Newman from yesterday. (tune in @ the 21 minute mark).

You can also read about it in this nice piece (with pictures) from the Springfield Rebublican.



This week, I visited both the R Michelson Gallery and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to see how the instalations were going.  Headline: They're both looking amazing!

Here are some pix from both installations:

At the Carle:

The show is organized by theme with nice explanitory essays by curator Nick Clark.

There will also be a series of hidden Pigeons in the show itself!  Can you find them all? (Pigeon's not pictured)

Lots of final work along with the rough drawings, which is a fun way to show process.

Changing things around!

The Carle gift shop has a bunch of fun exclusive stuff for this show, including these fun postcards! You can visit them on-line as well. (Exclusives all benefit the Carle Museum)

(some more pix from the Carle are here.)

At the R Michelson Galleries

Let's just sneak inside, shall we?

The show features a bunch of work from the just published DON'T PIGEONHOLE ME!


New drawings.


From DON'T PIGEONHOLE ME!

A magnet doodle.  They're flying!

Another magnet doodle


Fun to see them all on a wall.

Carved and Sand Blasted ceramics.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE MORE OF THE PIECES, INCLUDING VIDEOS OF THE MAGNET DOODLES IN ACTION, CHECK OUT THIS GREAT SITE BY THE FOLKS AT THE R MICHELSON GALLERY.


I hope you can make it to some of the events happening this exciting weekend.  As an additional insentive, here is a list of fun activities scheduled at the Carle:

See the Seriously Silly exhibition and go on a scavenger hunt!
Elephant-Piggie-Costumes
Visit with Elephant and Piggie (at 1:30 and 3:30)

2pm Book Signing with Mo (see carlemuseum.org for details)

Throughout the day:

Contribute to Mo's pigeon mural!
(I've made a giant Pigeon, and you get to add your Pigeon on it!)
Create your own bus in the Art Studio!
Your-favorite-character face painting!
Mo' Mo films!
(there will be screenings throughout the weekend of the short animated versions of my books)
Storytimes with favorite Mo books!
Fun activities from Mo's activity book!
Invent your own wire animal sculptures!
Fun photo ops!
PLUS: THESE GREAT PIGEON TEMPORARY TATOOS!!!

More info at carlemuseum.org.