Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A child-pleasing calendar of events at the Eric Carle Museum

A marvelous lineup of programs to entertain and help shake off the winter doldrums awaits children and their families at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Located in western Massachusetts, the Museum draws regular patrons from all across New England and those visiting the east coast.

Founded by beloved children’s book author/illustrator Eric Carle, and his wife Barbara, patrons are invited to view some of the finest original works of art created for children’s picture books, which are part of rotating exhibitions housed in three separate galleries.

In addition to the galleries, the Museum offers the Reading Library for your family’s enjoyment, where you’ll share books with your child that mirror the works currently on exhibit.

Also within the Museum, an Art Studio invites children to participate in scheduled hands-on classes and creative events - everything from picture book making to music and dance.

And, there is a Café and a Museum Store available to round out your visit.

The following is a list of current and upcoming exhibits and events:

SHREK! Illustration copyright
© 1990 by William Steig.
Used by permission of
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From now until Sunday, January 23, 2011, MONSTERS AND MIRACLES: A Journey through Jewish Picture Books, features the works of the following authors and artists: “Eric Carle, Daniel Pinkwater, Maurice Sendak, Margot Zemach, Mark Podwal, Francine Prose, Lemony Snicket, Art Spiegelman, and William Steig.”

 In addition, the MONSTERS exhibition includes “historical examples dating as early as the twelfth century” and “encompasses the work of luminaries Isaac Bashevis Singer, Marc Chagall, and El Lissitzky. “

 Also in the galleries, from now until Sunday, May 1, 2011, the exhibition, PARTNERS IN WONDER: Selections from the Collection of Jane Yolen

Yolen, the prolific, award-winning author who is often referred to as the “Hans Christian Andersen of America,” has collaborated with numerous artists over the years, and according to the Carle’s Chief Curator H. Nicholas Clark, “she has forged deep ties to many of the artists who have illustrated her books. As a result she has formed a truly rich and wide-ranging collection that would be the envy of any serious collector.”

The works that are part of this collection includes illustrations by Kathryn Brown, Tomie dePaola, Jane Dyer, Lauren Mills, Barry Moser, Dennis Nolan, and Ruth Sanderson, and on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm, patrons are invited to “join Jane Yolen and a distinguished group of illustrators of her work as they discuss the interplay of words and pictures in the process of creating a picture book.” This special event is FREE with Museum admission.

Saturday, January 8, 2011 a marionette performance for children three and older, by the Hartsbrook Marionettes, as they present THE GRATEFUL CRANE, an adaptation from a collection of Japanese stories from The Listening Cap by Yoshiko Uchida, which was published in 1954.

Performances of THE GRATEFUL CRANE are at| 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and are offered FREE with a Museum admission.

Opening on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 and remaining on view until Sunday, June 5, 2011, a new gallery exhibition, WHAT A CIRCUS! The Art of Etienne Delessert.

In celebration of his 70th birthday, the works of internationally acclaimed Swiss painter/graphic artist/illustrator, and publisher Delessert comes to The Carle.

 Delessert’s books, translated into more than 15 languages, have interested and entertained children in the United States and Europe for decades.

The exhibition spans Delessert’s earliest book, The Endless Party (1967), to his most recent (2010) work, Spartacus The Spider. On Saturday, February 19, 2010 there is a special members opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Opening Monday, April 18 2011 and running through Friday April 22, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. every day, the Cactus Head Puppets present: JUST SO STORIES a collection of three tales of “mischief and magic that tell how some of your favorite animals came to be.” Child-pleasing adaptations of How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhino Got His Skin, and The Beginning of the Armadillos will be performed. Admission is $5.00 (Museum members $4.50.)

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Hours for the Museum are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.

General admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four.

For further program information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit online by following this link to the Museum’s website and taking an introductory virtual tour.

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