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  • MA – Play Ball Art Festival

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    Mark Chiarello, Art Director of DC Comics, opens an exhibition of his painitings on Saturday July 2nd.

    Press Release:

    Celebrate America’s favorite pastime and the art of Norman Rockwell. Bring your mitt and enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities, held both inside and out!

    12:30 p.m.: Kori Alston presents Baseball Poetry, including Casey at the Bat and an original poem written especially for the day.

    1 p.m.: Jane Shauck, photographer of the New York Mets

    1:30 p.m.: Mark Chiarello, watercolor painter of Negro League players

    2 p.m.: Baseball Hall of Fame educator Larry Moore presents an overview of the history of the Negro Leagues

    2:30 p.m.: meet James Overmyer, author of Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles

    3 to 4 p.m.: children may pick up a FREE souvenir Louisville Slugger mini-bat while supplies last. Bats donated courtesy of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville, Kentucky

    ongoing: Jane Shauck and Mark Chiarello exhibitions; design your own baseball card; play catch with the Pittsfield Colonials; book signing: A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve with author Douglas Gladstone.

    Program free with regular Museum admission.

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – ICE/HOT Exhibition

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    Press Release:

    Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for a special evening to preview this summer’s hottest exhibition “Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios” and celebrate award-winning artist and Blue Sky Studios character designer Peter de Sève on Friday, June 10, 6:00  to 9:30 p.m.

    The evening will include a cocktail buffet, raw bar, winetasting, private preview tour with Peter de Sève, music, champagne and dessert. On the lawn at historic Linwood House, located on the scenic grounds at Norman Rockwell Museum.

    Limited tickets available. Ticket prices start at $125 and table sponsorship are available — call 413.298.4100, ext. 230 for more details and to make reservations.

    In addition to his work in animation, Peter de Sève’s elegant drawings grace the covers and pages of The New Yorker, and appear in many illustrated books, including Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage;” The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Sève; Fin McCoul by Brian Gleeson, among others.

    All proceeds from this event support Norman Rockwell Museum.  Additional support provided by Winetasting.com

    Exhibition Opening Celebration
    Saturday, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Animazing opening night with the stars!

    Commentary at 6:30 p.m. by award-winning illustrator and Ice Age character designer Peter de Sève.

    Celebrate the art of animation with a first-ever look behind the scenes at the world of digital animation at Blue Sky Studios, where cutting-edge creativity and technique brings imaginative characters and stories to life. Meet members of the Blue Sky creative team.

    A festive reception and party will follow (think Hollywood premiere crossed with a Berkshire-style family picnic!).

    Tickets– Members: $20 per person, or $50 per family*. Non-members: $30 per person, or $75 per family*. *Family:maximum 2 adults and 3 children under 12.

    Reserve tickets by: Email: events@nrm.org , call 413-931-2221, by mail– send your check payable to Norman Rockwell Museum, PO Box 308, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    Blue Sky Studios specializes in photo-realistic, high resolution, computer generated animation and rendering. Critically acclaimed for their animated films Ice Age and its popular sequels, Robots, and Rio, as well as special effects and animation work for TRON, Alien Resurrection, Star Trek: Insurrection, Joe’s Apartment and numerous others. Rarely-seen conceptual drawings, character illustrations and expression sheets, 3D models, story boards, and background paintings illuminate the years of development behind the films. Visit the exhibition webpage!

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – Birthday Signing

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    Take an inside look at Jerry Pinkney’s creative and technical process on the artist’s birthday with curator Stephanie Plunkett, who will offer insights into his fifty-year career. Treats will follow! Free with Museum admission.

    Wednesday, December 22

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney

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    Experience the art of Jerry Pinkney, a master illustrator whose powerful, heart-warming stories reflect personal and cultural themes, and explore the American experience in words and pictures. Join us for this special celebration of an artistic journey that has continued for 50 years. Pinkney, the recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal, will be in attendance!

    Exhibition Preview for Librarians and Educators
    Friday, November 12
    4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Members Preview Opening
    Saturday, November 13
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Picture This!
    A Family Festival with Jerry Pinkney
    Sunday, November 14
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Will Br’er Rabbit outfox the others again? Meet Caldecott-winning artist Jerry Pinkney to find out during this lively family event filled with art making, tours, dramatic readings by actress Anne Undeland, and a presentation and booksigning by the artist. Free with Museum admission. Members and children 18 and under free.

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – The Naked Cartoonist Signing

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    Robert Mankoff speaks on Thursday, August 19 at 5:30pm.

    Join New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff for an uproarious look at the art of humor.  One of the nation’s leading comic commentators, Mr. Mankoff originated The Cartoon Bank and the Cartoon Caption Contest, and is the creator of the magazines’ best-loved comic images. He is also the author of The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity and many other cartoon collections. A book-signing and reception will follow the program.

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – Comic Genius Lecture

    An Evening with Cartoonist Liza Donnelly

    Thursday, August 12 at 5:30pm

    Explore the art of The New Yorker through the eyes of one of its ingenious comic creators. A cartoonist for the magazine for more than twenty-five years, Liza Donnelley will share the best illustrated jokes, gag cartoons, and slice-of-life drawings, offering a rare first-hand glimpse of the creative process. Her latest book, When Do They Serve the Wine, will be available for signing at a reception following the program.

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – Shrek Creator Exhibit

    William Steig opens the Love & Laughter exhibit on Saturday, June 12 from 7pm to 10pm 

    Expect to laugh… and dance! Join us for the opening celebration of William Steig: Love & Laughter, featuring the uproarious comic art and best-selling illustrated books of the famed New Yorker cartoonist, and creator of Shrek!

    The special exhibition opening will feature commentary from Jeanne Steig, the artist’s wife and creative collaborator, who will have several of her three-dimensional assemblages on display. Live dance music, and scrumptious hors d’ouevres to follow! Free for Museum members; $25 guests.

    Norman Rockwell Museum
    9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – Imaginative Realism Signing

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    Painting What Doesn’t Exist: An Afternoon with James Gurney

    “Mountain Tribesman,” James Gurney, 2007. ©2007 James Gurney. All rights reserved.

    Saturday, March 13, 1 to 4 p.m. 

    Award-winning fantasy artist and creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney, explores ways to incorporate detail and imagination into stunningly realistic fantasy settings. At 1 p.m., the artist will discuss the step-by-step techniques that have won him worldwide critical acclaim, followed by hands-on art making and a booksigning of Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist. Free with Museum admission, kids and teens free.

    About James Gurney:
    James Gurney is the best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series. He has worked on assignment as a National Geographic artist, and illustrated seventeen United States postage stamps, and numerous book covers. An accomplished, award-winning artist, Gurney is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including seven Chesley Awards from the Association of Fantasy Artists, two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention, and Best of Show from the Art Director’s Club. Gurney’s art currently appears in museum exhibitions around the world, including the Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney.

     Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Route 183,  Stockbridge, MA 01262

    MA – Got Ink?

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    Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Got Ink? Creating a Graphic Novel

    Gifted educator/graphic novelist Tim Callahan will guide young cartoonists through the process of moving an idea from first frame to finished comic. Ages 13 and up. $8, $6 members.

    Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

    Phone: 413-298-4100


    NY/MA – Duchess of Whimsy Tour

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    Peter and Randall de Seve tour in promotion of their new children’s book The Duchess of Whimsy.

    Thursday, November 12th – 4:00pm

    Bundle NYC/Reading & Signing

    Bundle, 128 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
    (212) 982-9465

    Reading & Signing The Duchess – Randall only


    Saturday, November 14th – 11:00am

    Bank Street Books/Reading & Signing

    Bank Street Books, 2879 Broadway, New York, NY 10025-7805
    (212) 678-1654

    Reading & Signing The Duchess – Randall only


    Sunday, November 15th – 2:00pm

    Word Bookshop/Reading & Signing

    Word Bookshop, 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222-2002
    (718) 383-0096

    Reading & Signing The Duchess – Peter and Randall


    Wednesday, November 18th – 11:00am

    Barnes & Noble Tribeca/Reading & Signing

    Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street (@ Greenwich), New York, NY 10007

    Phone: (212) 587-5389

    Reading & Signing The Duchess – Peter and Randall
    Society of Illustrators
    6:30 to 8:30 pm
    Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY
    212 838 2560

    A Whimsical Evening with Randall and Peter de Seve
    Randall and Peter discuss working together.
    Signing afterwards.
    Saturday, November 21st

    Brooklyn Museum Children’s Book Fair

    Randall only

    Details TK


    Thanksgiving Weekend

    Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

    Short presentation and then a reading and signing

    Also, an exhibit of original artwork from The Duchess

    Copies of A Sketchy Past will also be available

    Peter and Randall


    Saturday, December 5th – 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Oblong Books (Millerton, NY)

    Oblong Books, 26 Main St, Millerton, NY 12546-5166
    (518) 789-3797

    Reading & Signing The Duchess

    Peter and Randall

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