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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst celebrates 10th anniversary

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART<br/>Examples of Eric Carle's photography are included in the exhibit "Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle."

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART
    Examples of Eric Carle's photography are included in the exhibit "Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle." Purchase photo reprints »

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART<br/><br/>"Bridge I, Bridge II, Bridge III" by Eric Carle

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART

    "Bridge I, Bridge II, Bridge III" by Eric Carle Purchase photo reprints »

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART<br/>Eric Carle's "Four Easy Pieces"

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART
    Eric Carle's "Four Easy Pieces" Purchase photo reprints »

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART<br/>Examples of Eric Carle's photography are included in the exhibit "Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle."
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART<br/><br/>"Bridge I, Bridge II, Bridge III" by Eric Carle
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART<br/>Eric Carle's "Four Easy Pieces"

Over half a million visitors. A permanent collection of over 10,000 illustrations from major book artists such as Maurice Sendak and William Steig. Over 50 special exhibitions staged, highlighting work by Dr. Seuss, A.A. Milne and other children’s authors.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst has compiled impressive statistics since it opened in November 2002, becoming the country’s first museum dedicated to such art. To mark its 10th anniversary, the Carle will tap its permanent collection in an exhibit opening Oct. 30, “Iconic Images: Ten Years of Collecting.”

The show, which will run through Feb. 24, will highlight past masters of children’s book art such as Sendak, Steig and Margot Zernbach as well as contemporary illustrators like Carle, Jules Feiffer and Jerry Pinkney. Among the iconic characters that will be on display are Babar the Elephant, Madeline, Shrek and Frog and Toad.

“Even though the Carle is young in museum terms, we have a collection of work of the highest order,” said the museum’s chief curator, Nick Clark.

“Iconic Images” will run alongside the exhibit opening this weekend, “Beyond Books: The Indpendent Art of Eric Carle,” which displays private art that Eric Carle has made over the last several decades.

The museum will also host a reception Nov. 10 for members, with many of the featured artists in “Iconic Images” expected to attend. On Nov. 11, those artists will participate in a book signing for the general public, and the museum will host a holiday bazaar.

Sculptor Nancy Schön has crafted a bronze maquette of Carle’s most famous illustration, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” which will be displayed in the museum’s main hall. Schön, the creator of the “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture in the Boston Public Garden, will put the new work up for sale during the museum’s anniversary year and will contribute the proceeds to the museum.

— Steve Pfarrer

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