The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Eric Carle Book Signing

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Welcomes Co-Founder Eric Carle for Book Signing

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce that their beloved co-founder Eric Carle will return to sign books and meet fans on Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am. Museum members will receive priority line placement and may enter early at 9:30 am. The signing is free with Museum Admission.

Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books. His latest book The Nonsense Show, published last October, is a book to make children laugh and use their imagination by introducing them to different artistic styles. It made Time Magazine’s Top 10 Children’s Books of 2015. It follows on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, an homage to the artist Franz Marc and expressionism, and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork. Carle is one of the true legends and pioneers of picture-book making who continues to expand and challenge the genre.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1929, Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old. He was educated there and graduated from the prestigious art school the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. His dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. In 1952 he finally arrived back in New York, where he found work as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he became an art director at an advertising agency.

Carle’s literary career began in 1967 when respected educator and author Bill Martin Jr. asked Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is the result of their collaboration and is still a favorite with children everywhere. Soon Carle was writing his own stories. His first wholly original book was 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo (1968), followed afterward by the celebrated classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969).

Carle’s books have been read by millions of children all over the world and have been translated into 62 languages. Today, Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many of them best sellers, most of which he also wrote. More than 132 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

Carle and his late wife Barbara Carle co-founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA in 2002.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Welcomes

Co-Founder Eric Carle for Book Signing

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