The Museums of Los Gatos presents two concurrent exhibitions, Draw
Me A Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration and Storytelling in Pictures: From Idea to Art, January 17– February 24, 2013.
A good children’s picture book still has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place—even
in today’s world of computer games and high-definition TV. Draw
Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration and Storytelling
in Pictures: From Idea to Art explore bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and
imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of artists who created works especially for children.
Draw Me a Story, organized
by the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, presents original works of
art in a thematic and nostalgic trip through the history of children’s
book illustrators and illustration techniques. Twentieth-century artists
include innovators such as Chris Van Allsburg,
Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak, William Steig and Rosemary Wells.
Storytelling in Pictures: From Idea to Art is
an original exhibit organized by The Museums of Los Gatos that
showcases the work of Twenty-first-century Bay Area Children’s Book
Illustrators. Artists include Bob Barner, Yuyi Morales, Stacy Schuett
and Susan Jaekel, as well as digital media illustration
(Graphic Novels) by Thi Bui and Emma T. Capps.
exhibits explore the process of illustration and cover a range of
styles, from simple traditional
media to more experimental combinations of pen, pencil, paint, ink and
digital media. Family Art/Artist Demo Days feature Illustrative-process
workshops, family activities and storytelling for all ages.
16 10-12 noon
Media Breakfast and Docent Tour
Family Art Day/Artist Demo Day
The Art Museum
Sunday, February 3
12-3pm Family Art Day/Artist Demo Day
The Art Museum
Sunday, February 10
Children's Illustration A-Z:
A Panel Discussion
The Art Museum
Thursday, January 17
7pm Panel Discussion
Panelist, Susan Jaekel –
Susan’s childhood love of drawing and reading came together in her
career as an illustrator of children’s books. Animals and
people are her favorite subjects and she feels very fortunate to
participate in the worthy profession of bringing art to children’s
education and literature. Over the last several decades she has done
artwork for textbooks, children’s trade books, religious
publications, posters, puzzles, stickers and games for the children’s
market. In addition to that Susan has done several Atari Game Box
illustrations, as well as numerous gardening and cooking books for
Sunset. Now she is pursuing an interest in fine art,
concentrating on botanical watercolors and prints, and dog portraits,
done in pastel. Her work may be viewed on her website, susanjaekel.com
Panelist, Gennifer Choldenko - Gennifer’s
first novel, Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, was a School Library
Journal Best Book of the Year and a California
Book Award winner. Her second novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts, was a
Newbery Honor Book and a School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers
Weekly Best Book of the Year. Al Capone Does My Shirts was short-listed
for the Carnegie in the United Kingdom and
has been on the New York Times, Booksense, and Publishers
Weekly bestseller lists. Her most recent picture book, Louder,
Lili(illustrated by SD Schindler), was published in 2007. If a Tree
Falls at Lunch Period, an ALA notable recording, just came out in
and her newest novel Al Capone Shines My Shoes—a sequel to the
beloved Al Capone Does My Shirts—is a Kirkus, Amazon, Barnes &
Noble, and Chicago Public Library Best of the Best for 2009. Her newest
novel No Passengers Beyond This Point is due out in February
2011. Gennifer is hard at work on the last book in the Al Capone
trilogy right now.
Panelist, Summer Laurie - Summer
began her story in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduating with an
English degree from UC Berkeley. After an eye-opening
stint as an account executive with an investor relations agency, she
set her sights on the world of book publishing. She began to gather
steam down this path at Chronicle Books where she worked in both the
marketing and editorial departments during her three-year
tenure in the children’s division there. In 2000 she crossed the bay to
join Tricycle Press, the children’s imprint of Ten Speed Press in
Berkeley, California. As Senior Editor, Summer worked on over 50
books—picturebooks, board books, novels, activity books,
fiction and non-fiction for young people up to age twelve. After seven
years she took yet another fork in the road and is now an independent
editor, working to strengthen each and every word her clients
write. Summer is also a children’s specialist at independent
bookseller Books Inc. where she has started the “Wild Girls
Mother-Daughter Book Club.” And just for the fun of it, Summer produces
the children’s and teen programming for the Litquake literary festival
and is a prior member of the board of the NCCBA (Northern
California Children’s Booksellers’ Association).
Panelist, Heidi Long -
Heidi currently serves as Town Librarian at the Los Gatos Library.
Here, she has focused on developing community relationships
and transforming the Library into a community gathering space. Prior
to that, Heidi worked as Director of Research for a boutique executive
recruiting firm where she learned to appreciate people and connections
as two great resources which bridge all fields.
Heidi also worked as the District Librarian for a small, rural school
district in southern Arizona, just after completing her MLIS degree at
San Jose State University. With a Bachelors degree in Literature, the
Library is the perfect space to blend her passions
– people, books and research—into a fun and exciting career.
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