|photo from http://www.societyillustrators.org|
|Judith Moffatt at the Society of Illustrators|
|Cheryl Kirk Noll, Sharon Vargo, Mary, Ellen Appleby|
We then went to the "The Original Art" exhibit, which runs through December 21, 2013. It's an annual exhibit (founded by Dilys Evans in 1980) celebrating the fine art of children's book illustration. (How appropriate!)
This years show features 125 books selected by a jury of illustrators, art directors, and editors. This year’s Silver Medal winners are Jon Klassen for The Dark (Hachette Book Group / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) and Simona Mulazzani for I Wish I Had... (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / Eerdmans Books for Young Readers). The Gold Medal winner is Jennifer Yerkes for A Funny Little Bird (Sourcebooks / Jabberwocky).
|Upper: Peter Brown, Lower: Molly Idle|
Some of my favorite art was by Melissa Sweet, Molly Idle, Jill McElmurry, and Jason Chin.
Jason's mother, Mary was a high-school friend in Delaware. His father, Ray was a grad student when I attended RISD, and taught one workshop in my illustration class. I've always credited Ray for teaching me how to do watercolor washes, and I use his lesson to this day to teach my students.
Ray and Mary's younger son, Michael was born on the same day as my son, Phil. The Chins moved to Lyme, NH, where another friend of mine lived, as well as Trina Schart Hyman.
Jason went to Syracuse, and I've followed his soaring career ever since. His art from "Island: A Story of the Galapogos" is stunning.
It was exciting to pore over the art of display. From oils to watercolor, cut paper to digital, all of the work is beautifully designed.
middle: Cheryl Kirk Noll, Mary Wilshire Magnusson, Barbara Lanza, Paige Billin-Frye,
back: Ellen Appleby, Rebecca Thornburgh, Mike Moran, Sharon Vargo, Rose Mary Berlin
|PS. Thanks to Judith Moffatt for all of the group shots.|