Exhibit | March 20, 2012

The Art of Eric Carle: The Birth of a Book and a Museum

(March 20, 2012 - Amherst, MA)  The Carle is pleased to announce that the West Gallery will be home to an exhibition of art from Eric Carle’s beloved book, “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth, published in 2002. The exhibition, called The Birth of a Book and A Museum will open in Amherst, Massachusetts on April 3, 2012, and continue until September 2, 2012. The exhibition will feature a selection of working draft “dummies,” as well as several preliminary dust jacket designs and early versions of the book’s pages. There will be accompanying activities in the Art Studio. The exhibition coincides with two very special anniversaries: both the book and the Museum are celebrating 10th anniversaries in 2012.
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth is especially meaningful to the Eric Carle Museum. Carle was working at a hectic pace in 2000-2001, with all of the meetings, planning, and decision- making necessary for the creation of the Museum. Eventually, he decided he needed to slow things down, and put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on his studio door. In this calm environment, Carle set to work on a new book about an animal that knew what it meant to slow down. He researched the habitat of the sloth and the animals that share its habitat, and made revision after revision. The finished book tells the story of a misunderstood animal: he is not lazy; he is simply living the way sloths live. It sends a powerful message to everyone that we need to slow down and take some time to think and reflect. With a preface by Jane Goodall, an emphasis on Amazon rain forest animals, and Carle's bright, trademark collages, the book has become a favorite for many children.
The Eric Carle Museum will officially begin its anniversary celebration in November of 2012 with many events and exhibitions planned. Details will be forthcoming.
The mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading in young children through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. with special extended summer hours. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.

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