Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Children's Book Illustration Event of the Century!

Twenty years have gone by in a blink! Over the years, Chemers Gallery has brought you some of the literary world's most noted children's book illustrators and we're not slowing down yet! This year marks our 20th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Art Show & Book Signing and we've pulled out the big guns to note the occasion. With over 50 books and more than 300 original illustrations to choose from, we're sure you'll agree that this is going to be one of our best shows yet!

20th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Art Show & Book Signing
Chemers Gallery
17300 17th St, Ste. G
Tustin, CA 92780

Raul Colon | Robin Preiss Glasser | Mary Grandpre
Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher | Elisa Kleven

Signing & Reception
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 1 - 5 pm
show continues through December 17th

Benefiting Chapman University College of Educational Studies,
K-12 Literacy Programs

Books and original illustrations are available for pre-sale from now until November 26th or until each illustrator has sold 200 books, whichever comes first. 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. Click HERE for the 2011 book list.

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 3rd, 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. Click HERE for the lecture schedule.

We welcome our talented illustrators:

Raul Colon
2003, 2007
Known for his velvety textures and smooth lines, Raul is back for the 3rd time with a wonderful array of Latin-inspired illustrations. Raul uses a watercolor wash, colored pencils and sharp instruments to scratch into the paper, thus achieving his unique style. A recent collaboration with local bookshop owner Rueben Martinez led to Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales. Meet Rueben at our book signing, too!

Robin Preiss Glasser
Working exclusively in pen & ink and watercolor, Robin brings the characters in the Fancy Nancy series into being by using layers of detail and humor. The latest of Fancy Nancy's exploits are featured in Fancy Nancy: Fashion Boutique and Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer. Robin has also collaborated with Lynne Cheney and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, to educate young readers on patriotism and etiquette. For the first time, Robin's original Fancy Nancy illustrations are available to the public! We will also be introducing 5 limited edition prints from the Fancy Nancy books also available for presale.

Mary Grandpre
Although best known for bringing Harry Potter to life, Mary has worked on numerous other children's picture books and chapter books for young adults. Working in a "soft geometry" style, Mary's jewel-toned pastels and mixed media work sing with vibrancy. She brings a strategic problem-solving approach to her illustration work. Mary's latest book, How The Leopard Got His Claws, is an African fable teaching loyalty.

Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
2003, 2007
Husband and wife team Johnson & Fancher have over 35 books to their credit including Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou and most recently Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played With Puppets. Working in media ranging from collage materials of fabric, paper, acrylic & oil paint to oil & ink on gessoed paper, Steve & Lou's illustrations flawlessly convey the heart and soul of every book they work on.

Elisa Kleven
1993, 2001, 2008
Returning for the fourth time to Chemers Gallery, Elisa's magical illustrations are brought to life through mixed media collages. Her dreamy watercolors are accented with teeny tiny bits of papers, lace and fabric. In addition to illustrating, Elisa also writes many of her charming, whimsical stories. Her latest books include The Friendship Wish and Thacker Hurd's The Weaver.

This year, Chemers Gallery has chosen Chapman University College of Educational Studies K-12 Literacy Programs as the beneficiary for our event. CES provides world class tutoring to K-6 grade students regardless of financial resources and creates custom libraries of books for students to take home. They also provide after school programs in the community and a pathway to bring 1st generation students to the university level.

Although the illustrations reproduced in the books are wonderful, there is nothing like seeing the original illustration in person. Expand your collection or start a collection for someone you love. Don't wait until your favorite is sold - come see them today!

We would especially like to thank Hilary Kaye & HKA for all of their hard work in helping us promote this year's show!

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  1. Hi - can we order books/art to be shipped if we're in another state?

  2. Hi Shena,

    Thank you for you interest. Sure, no problem... we can ship art and books to you. What are you interested in?




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