Monday, October 30, 2017

Mo Willems Studio NOVEMBER 2017 UPDATE!

NOVEMBER is going to be a fun month filled with exhibits, plays, and a new book by a great pal.


Pal, multiple Caldecott Honoree and all around great guy, Bryan Collier, is the most recent artist to create an Elephant & Piggie Like Reading Series adventure with the November 7th release of IT'S SHOE TIME!

Bryan's book has already garnered 2 starred reviews (Booklist, School Library Journal) and  a very nice review from Kirkus.


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Amherst, MA

Pal Tony DiTerlizzi and I have been working on a very special exhibition with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art entitled COLLECTING INSPIRATION: CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATORS AND THEIR HEROES.
Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Lauren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyuen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak. 

Just look at the list of these artists.  This is once in a lifetime show and Tony and I couldn't be happier to have so many of our heroes and heroes' heroes exhibited together.

The exhibit runs thru  NOVEMBER 26, 2017.    

November 1 - December 23, 2017
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd St.
New York, NY

Every year the Society of Illustrators juries an exhibition of remarkable children's book illustration in the previous year.  I'm flattered that this year work from SAM: THE MOST SCARDEY-CAT KID IN THE WHOLE WORLD has been included in the show.

I was on the jury this show a decade or so back, and I know how tough it is to pick from all the really wonderful work going on.

Check it out for yourself.  The details are here. 

The 28th Annual Illustration Show

R Michelson Galleries
Northampton, MA 

Nov. 12, 2017 - January 1, 2018

The Annual Illustration show brings together a slew of wonderful children's illustrators every year and showcases the remarkable work that is done in the area and around the world.  A second exhibit will showcase illustrators' non-book work (in my case, some original abstractions).

The opening on Sunday, Nov. 12 is always a big who's who of illustrators and friendly faces.

More details here.

ALSO, don't miss pal TONY DITERLIZZI's retrospective exhibit at the NORMAN ROCKWELL Museum opening Nov. 11!  I'm excited for my pal to have his career showcased in such a wonderful manner and flattered to have been asked to write the introduction to his catalog.



There are 2 productions of the Elephant & Piggie Musical.  I hope you enjoy the show!

Plano, Texas

Through Nov. 4th at the North Texas Performing Arts Center

Details are HERE!

Northbrook, IL

Through Nov. 11th.

Details are HERE!


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