Thursday, November 7, 2013

Announcing our 2013 Children's Book Illustration Art Show & Book Signing!

*Updated 11-7-13

Get ready, because it's time for our...

Featuring the talents of

Special guest appearances by authors Kathleen Hague, Kathlen Krull & Paul Brewer

 Every year we say it can't get any better, but somehow this show reaches beyond our expectations! Taking an overview of this year's selection, we would have to say that this is the most diverse show yet, in both style and media.

We have more than 200 original illustrations available for purchase from these award-winning artists. Plus, over 50 books  are available for pre-sale from now until the close of business (5pm) November 30th or until each illustrator has sold 200 books, whichever comes first. 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 the availability of titles. Follow this link for the 2013 Book List.

If you can't make it to Chemers Gallery the day of the reception and signing, don't worry! We will take care of getting your pre-ordered books signed and dedicated for you. They will be ready for you to pick up at your convenience any time in the afternoon of December 7th and onward. Even if you live out of the area, you may purchase art and books and we will ship them to you! All artwork is available to view on our website.  We are happy to answer any questions via phone or email.

Meet and mingle with our illustrators and authors the day of the show, and enjoy their original artwork, books, talks and demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Talk & demonstration schedule listed below, or, follow this link!

Clients who purchase illustrations will be invited to a private evening with the illustrators.

And now, without further adieu, let us introduce our illustrious illustrators...

Michael Hague
Bringing the realm of fairies and beloved children's classics to life, Michael's watercolor illustrations are filled with intricate detail. He was influenced at an early age by the fairytale books of his mother's childhood in England as well as the comics that were considered contraband in his house. Michael's beautiful illustrations capture a magical "other world." Favoring watercolor, he also uses pen & ink and colored pencil. Michael studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His most well-known books include Peter Pan and The Velveteen Rabbit. Michael often collaborates with his wife, author Kathleen Hague, who will also be in attendance and signing books! 

Brett Helquist
Joining us from New York, Brett's graphic illustrations portray stories full of action and adventure. Influenced by the comics of his childhood, he studied at Brigham Young University and went on to pursue a career as an illustrator and now has more than 40 books to his credit. His first children's book was The Bad Beginning, the first of the ever popular Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events. Brett uses bold colors, sharp details and warm humor in his oil and acrylic illustrations. 

Molly Idle
Clever illustrations that are just oh-so-cute are what sets Molly apart from the crowd. The subtle hues and rich vibrant colors so central to her drawings are achieved completely with colored pencil. (She can go through nearly 200 pencils per book!) Molly trained at Arizona State University and was a member of the DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios team in a previous life. The influence of her time spent there is evident in some of her adorable illustrations. Recent books include Zombelina, a young zombie who gets a bad case of stage fright, and Flora and the Flamingo, a story without words.

Stacy Innerst
Innovation is key to Stacy's quirky, off-beat oil and acrylic illustrations. Painting on everything from paper to old Levi's, his artwork is full of thoughtful detail that seamlessly pairs with the text of his books. Stacy studied art and history at the University of New Mexico, where he discovered a love for folk and outsider art. The work from his first children's book, M is for Music, was displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago. Stacy's picture books have won numerous awards and honors, and recognitions from the Society of Illustrators, the Smithsonian and the Junior Library Guild. He has most recently teamed up with our guest authors Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer to create The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) - sure to be a best seller.

John Parra
With the nostalgic feel of Hispanic folk art from yesteryear, John's lively illustrations are filled with wonderful textures and colors that just beg to be noticed. Originally from California, he takes pride in his Hispanic heritage and looks to it again and again for inspiration. John is both a Pura Belpre Honoree and the recipient of the Christopher award for works that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." His illustrations are created using acrylic paint on board and have details that keep your eyes moving here, there and everywhere! Many books are bi-lingual, like Gracias / Thanks and My Name is Gabriela.

This year, the southwest has really stepped up to represent! All of our talented illustrators and authors have either grown up, studied at college, or currently live in California, Arizona or New Mexico. Yeah!

Come for the Art & Books and Stay All Day!
Schedule of Talks & Demonstrations by the Illustrators & Authors

1:45 Penny S. Bryan, Ph.D.: "Impact of Visual Illustration on Narrative"
2:00 Stacy Innerst, Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer: "The Beatles Were Fab: A Collaboration"
2:30 John Parra: "Folk Art Painting Demonstration"
2:55 Michael Hague: "Off the Cuff with Q & A"
3:20 Molly Idle: "From Motion Pictures to Picture Books"
3:45 Brett Helquist: "Creative Process"

Plus, children's storytime at 2:00 and 3:00!

Every year, the Children's Book Illustration Show benefits a local children's charity. This year, Chemers Gallery has again chosen to work with...

Chapman University's College of Educational Studies (CES) Literacy Programs provide world class tutoring for K-12 grade students regardless of financial resources; custom libraries of books for students to take home; after school programs in the community and a pathway to bring first generation students to the university. 

To help underwrite this program or donate signed children's books and/or illustrations to CES please contact Margie McCoy at or call 714-997-6692

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