Events | May 4, 2011

Children's Book Illustration Festival at The Carle

AMHERST, MA-Join author and artist Tomie dePaola and illustrators from Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild (WMIG) at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on June 4 from 10am to 5pm for its sixth annual Children’s Book Festival with Tomie dePaola and artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild Artist to Artist:  Celebrating the Creative Process.  This event for art and book-lovers of all ages will feature art activities, artists’ presentations and demonstrations, an art sale, and book signings. Enjoy a picnic in our orchard, face painting and a musical performance by Putumayo World Music artists Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criolla. All FREE with museum admission. The event is sponsored in part by MEFA’s U.PLAN Prepaid Tuition Program.
WMIG is delighted to be partnering with The Carle for this exciting event, showcasing the renowned talents of so many illustrators who call western Massachusetts home. In addition to face-to-face experiences with the artists, visitors will have a peek at each artist’s creative process through an exhibition in the Museum’s Great Hall.  Each artist will contribute a panel describing themselves, their work, and some process pieces leading to a final image.

Featured artists are: Diane deGroat, Linda Graves, Roc Goudreau, John Steven Gurney, Bob Marstall, Ralph Masiello, Gregg Ruth, Ruth Sanderson, Astrid Sheckels and David White.

Special guest Tomie dePaola exhibited at The Carle in 2010 and has been published for over 40 years, writing and/or illustrating nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered. Over 15 million copies of his books have sold worldwide. He was recently awarded the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

The Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild is a select group of professional freelance illustrators who have been meeting for 25 years. Their work covers such genres as children's books, fantasy, editorial, advertising and nature illustration. Individual members of WMIG are available for private commissions and school visits. For more information about the artists, please visit the WMIG Web site at
Founded in part by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and his wife Barbara, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.
The Museum—which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a popular Café, and a Museum Shop—is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA.  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. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. The Carle is a non-profit 501c3 institution. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at
For further information or images please contact:
Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild
Diane deGroat
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Rd
Amherst, MA 01002
Sandy Soderberg, Marketing Manager
(413) 658-1105