Thursday, October 8, 2009

18th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing!

Last year's children's book illustration show seems like it was only last week, doesn't it? Yet here we are again, gearing up for our 18th Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing! Once again, we have 5 accomplished children's book illustrators ready to share their talents with you.

Over 200 original illustrations are here, and so are the books. Boy, do we have books! Over 40 delightful,whimsical and moving tales, filled with beautiful illustrations. We even have adult and chapter books, too!

18th Annual Children's Book Illustrator's Show & Signing
Enderle Center
17300 17th Street, Suite G
Tustin, CA 92780
714 731 5432
Benefiting Saint Joseph Ballet

Saturday, December 5th, 2009 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing & Reception
Show Continues Through December 19th

Books and original illustrations are available for pre-sale
NOW until November 28th
Don't wait until the last minute;
trust me, you don't want to see our "frantic faces!"

When you pre-order your books, we'll have them signed and dedicated for you by the illustrators. Your books will be ready and waiting for you at the show on December 5th, but don't worry if you can't make it - you can pick them up after the show, at your convenience.

And oh, those glorious illustrations! We are now pre-selling with private and semi-private viewings of these extraordinary works of art. Prices range from $150 - $2500. Don't let someone else get the piece you fall in love with. Preview the work on our website, but be sure to see them in person because there is no comparison to the real thing.

You can meet the illustrators on the day of the show, listen to their presentations throughout the afternoon, and view and purchase their original illustrations. For those last-minute gifts, you can still purchase books the day of the show, although we can't guarantee to have all titles available.

Presenting our Five Fabulous Illustrators:
Ronald Himler | Rafael Lopez | Kelly Murphy
Kristina Swarner | Lee White

Ronald Himler - Ron has over 30 years of experience illustrating more than 150 children's books! This accomplished watercolorist has been the recipient of the prestigious Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, among many others. Ron's traditional paintings transport you to a by-gone era and the childhood of yesteryear.

Rafael Lopez - Rafael's vivid works are infused with the magical symbolism he experienced growing up in Mexico City. His bold acrylic paintings on wood are textural and rich, even appearing collage-like in their effect. Rafael's stylistic approach is reminiscent of Diego Rivera. He has won 2 Americas Awards and a Pura Belpre Honor.

Kelly Murphy - Using a rich color pallet, Kelly really brings her mixed-media pieces to life. Kelly's award-winning illustrations have been featured in curated shows and international magazines. Her adorable paintings really "pop" in person.

Kristina Swarner - Kristina's charming illustrations take their inspiration from her memories of childhood exploration. These little treasures are created using a mixture of techniques to create a magical mood that is uplifting. Kristina's recent book awards include the Koret International Book Award and the Sydney Taylor Book Award Gold Medal.

Lee White - Anything can happen in Lee's delightful, fun-filled worlds. His talents for illustration, discovered by chance while working as a graphic designer, are devoted to telling stories through pictures. Lee's playful, mixed-media artworks are a perfect companion to children's books. He is currently working on his 10th book!

A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to the Saint Joseph Ballet, a non-profit organization in Santa Ana that provides a creative outlet for at-risk kids by integrating year-round dance programs with academic assistance and family services. Donations make it possible for Saint Joseph Ballet to provide these programs for nearly all of their student free of charge. 93% of students who have participated in the programs at Saint Joseph Ballet since 1993 have gone on to college or pursued professional arts training.

Don't forget to pass this information on to your friends, family, teachers, librarians and any one else who appreciates a good story and the imagination of a great illustration.

The show is open to everyone and enjoyed by all ages.

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