Monday, October 25, 2010

19th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing

Can you believe it? It's time again for our 19th Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing! We've carefully selected 5 award-winning children's book illustrators, and we think you'll agree that this year's lineup is simply amazing! We have over 400 original illustrations in a variety of media to share with you, and we have over 50 wonderful books for you to chose from.

19th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing
Chemers Gallery
17300 Seventeenth Street, Suite G
Tustin, CA 92780

Signing & Reception
Saturday, December 4th, 2010, 1 - 5 pm
Show continues through December 18th

Books and original illustrations are available for pre-sale now until November 27th. Be sure to come in early to pick your books so you don't miss out! You'll still be able to purchase books the day of the show, but we can't guarantee that we'll have all titles available.

We'll take care of having your pre-ordered books signed and dedicated by the illustrators. They'll be ready for you at the show on December 4th, but don't stress if you can't make it that day! You can pick them up any time after the reception at your convenience.

You can meet the illustrators the day of the reception, watch their demonstrations throughout the afternoon, view and purchase their original illustrations. Clients who purchase illustrations will be invited to a private dinner with the illustrators. We have all the artwork now, so come to select your favorite before someone else snaps it up!

We welcome our illustrious illustrators:
David Diaz | Patrick O'Brien | Julie Paschkis
S.D. Schindler | Gennady Spirin

David Diaz
Caldecott winning artist David Diaz has been illustrating for over 20 years. As an avid creative since elementary school, David always had the determination and the desire for a career in the arts. Not knowing the term "illustrator," he dubbed himself a "drawer" and has illustrated for newspapers, national publications, corporate clients and children's books. His arresting style is forever changing. Utilizing bold, bright colors and intriguing textures, David weaves a magical tapestry of visual story-telling through his mixed media paintings and silkscreens.

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien invigorates his subjects on paper and canvas with a deft skill. His masterful, true-to-life renderings of animals, ships and dinosaurs excite the scientist in us all - he has even been filmed by the History Channel for a documentary about recreating dinosaurs. Pat's background in biology shines through in his watercolor and oil paintings. His awards include the Best of Books by the Chicago Public Library and the Keystone to Reading from the state of Pennsylvania.

Julie Paschkis
Using bold, vivid colors and intricate designs in her stunning illustrations, Julie Paschkis creates charm and whimsy. Her work is reminiscent of scratchboard art, although she works primarily with gouache and ink to create what she calls "open ended stories." Julie studied at Germantown Friends School, Ringerike Folkehogskole in Norway, Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT. Her vibrant illustrations have overtones of Scandinavian folk art.

S.D. Schindler
Steven D. Schindler's meticulous illustrations certainly cannot be pigeonholed! Taking his cues from the tone of the book manuscript, Steve's style is as varied as his 100+ books are. He captures the characteristics of every story in his pen and ink, watercolor, pastel and gouache illustrations. Humorous and lighthearted, Steve continuously showcases his balanced vision in his art. He has won the Smithsonian Award for outstanding natural history title, as well as Notable Children's Book from the American Library Association.

Gennady Spirin
Exquisitely detailed and rich in color, Gennady Spirin's illustrations are perfectly suited to the fairy tales and foklore they are paired with. Originally hailing from Russia, Gennady studied at the Surikov School of Fine Art at the Academy of Arts in Moscow and the Moscow Stroganoy Institute of Art. Working in watercolor, Gennady presents magical worlds that echo Renaissance sensibilities. His many awards include the Golden Apple Award and 4 gold medals from the Society of Illustrators.

As always, this event benefits a local children's organization. This year, a portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. They provide housing near medical facilities to families who have children receiving treatments, enabling sick children and their parents the comfort of having one another close by.

CLICK HERE for this year's book list.

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