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Press Release Fun: The 23rd Annual Illustration Exhibit (R. Michelson Galleries)

Seems unfair that folks within the vicinity of the R. Michelson Galleries should also have access to his yearly exhibit as well.  Them’s the breaks.  Some folks have all the luck.  Check out the 23 reasons to go too.  Very fun.

Celebrate with us! Twenty-three years of exhibiting the finest in original Children’s Book Art. Our artists have garnered an astounding 12 Caldecott Medals and 29 Caldecott Honor Awards.

Opening  reception on Sunday, November 11, 4 – 6 pm. Ceremony and entertainment begins at 5 pm.

23 reasons to come to our 23rd Annual Illustration Exhibit

  1. Because you missed last year’s party and all your friends have told you what a great time they had.
  2. Because you were at last year’s party and met more than 50 of the illustrators and writers behind your favorite children’s books.
  3. Because 36 years ago Marc Brown created Arthur, the Aardvark and Title Richard Michelson opened his first gallery. Because R. Michelson Galleries has gone on to become America’s premier source for Illustration Art and Arthur has sold more than 65 million books in the United States alone. Because R. Michelson Galleries and Marc Brown have finally teamed to exhibit artwork from these recent books: Ten Tiny Toes, Wild About You, ZooZical.
  4. Because Barbara McClintock has a new book/CD out with singer Natalie Merchant and we will be exhibiting the original artwork.
  5. Because Jon J. Muth has a new book/CD out with Bob Dylan and we will be exhibiting the original artwork.
  6. Because it is only a short 8 mile drive to our good friends at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary earlier in the day.
  7. Because Mo Willems has 3 new best-selling, chart-topping books – Goldilocks and the 3 Dinosaurs, Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish the Activity Book and Elephant & Piggie Let’s Go For a Drive and he will be signing copies and talking about his original art.
  8. Because Norton Juster will be presenting Anita Silvey with the 50th annual Norton Juster Award for service to the world of Children’s Literature (which she more than deserves!), presented by Reader to Reader.
  9. Because Kate Feiffer and Jules Feiffer have teamed up again for No Go Sleep, and the illustrations are not to be missed.
  10. TitleBecause there will be a rare opportunity to view and purchase original artwork by Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak, Alice Provensen, Ezra Jack Keats and Tomie dePaola.
  11. Because we represent the Estate of Dr. Seuss.
  12. Because Tony DiTerlizzi is drawing a series of faeries especially for this exhibition.
  13. Because E.B. Lewis will be serving up Tea Cakes for Tosh and because November is the perfect time to see  G. Brian Karas’ Lemonade in Winter.
  14. Because Kadir Nelson, who can do anything, has some amazing collages on view.
  15. Because Barry Moser was our very first artist exhibited (1979), and it is the 30th anniversary of his National Book Award winning edition of Alice in Wonderland, which will be on exhibit for the first time in 30 years.
  16. Because Rebecca Guay will preview work from her one woman exhibit coming up at our gallery in 2013 and because Jane Yolen will sign her 200th+ book for you.
  17. Because Scott Fischer‘s Lottie Paris: The Best Place has just published and because the hardest working man in book biz, Jarrett J. Krosoczka will be here and somehow everywhere else around the country at the same time…
  18. Because National Book Award winning Jeanne Birdsall and every – award winning Jane Dyer might bring along their dogs,  now starring in their own  picture book Lucky and Squash,  and because Charlie the Ranch Dog is back with a new adventure illustrated by Diane DeGroat and written by NY Times gazillion selling author Ree Drummond.Title
  19. Because Mordicai Gerstein has agreed to allow us to exhibit work from his Caldecott winning Man Who Walked Between Towers and because Chris Raschka won his 2nd Caldecott last year, and we will have original art from his latest books and  because if you come to the opening reception you’ll meet Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian — a Caldecott (her)/Newbery (him) couple.
  20. Because Wendell Minor illustrated Jean Craighead George’s final picture book The Eagles are Back and though it won’t be available till next year, we’ll have a sneak preview.  And because Ruth Sanderson will be here with her lovely Rose Red and Snow White...
  21. Because Raul Colón collaborated with vice president Joe Biden‘s wife Jill in a picture book tribute to our servicemen and women, and you owe it to yourself to see the artwork. And because Neil Waldman will be back with artwork from The Wind that Wanted to Rest.
  22. Because we will be exhibiting the 2012 SCBWI New England Conference (if you haven’t joined SCBWI — you should!) R. Michelson Galleries’ Emerging Artist Award winning illustration by Russ Cox.

And finally, we almost forgot (but not really)

23.  Because Eric Velasquez and Richard Michelson collaborated on Twice as Good, which was just awarded a National Parenting Association Gold Medal, and which has a cover blurb by President Obama (who has not yet sent in his RSVP, but you never know!).

Plus we’ll  have  surprise guests and more…

The Eric Carle Museum will be on hand with books for your favorite authors and illustrators to sign (please — no books brought in — buy your books here and help support the Carle Museum).

Any one of these reasons should be reason enough to come, but 23 reasons together means you have no excuse not to be here.

The exhibit will be on view from November 11 until January 15.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.