“Very Virtual Benefit & Auction” Coming Up at the Eric Carle Museum

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Eric Carle, Alternate illustration for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. Donated by the artist to the "Very Virtual Benefit & Auction."

On September 24 at 7 p.m., the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, will hold a “Very Virtual Benefit & Auction,” featuring appearances by Julie Andrews, Yo-Yo Ma, and Andrea Davis Pinkney. This online-only gala is a COVID-era substitute for the museum’s annual Carle Honors fundraising event. Proceeds support the museum’s art and literacy programs, exhibitions, and educational resources for children and families.

A silent auction of art from leading children’s book author/illustrators, including Sandra Boynton, Maurice Sendak, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems, and Eric Carle (of course!), will open on September 18, and two pieces of art will be auctioned live during the 45-minute broadcast. You can register for the virtual benefit & auction here.

In the meantime, the Carle Museum has reopened with an homage to Swiss artist Paul Klee, whose drawings and paintings of angels inspired Eric Carle to create his own set of found-object collages depicting angels.