Although it was the first year and a bit low on attendance, the book festival was fun and really inspiring. Thank you to the volunteers and staff who made it a really nice day! I got to meet several talented authors and artists including Dilys Evans, author of SHOW & TELL: EXPLORING THE FINE ART OF CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION. She is an amazing person, so spunky and full of energy, and LOADS of passion for children’s books. I could have listened to her all day long (and then some)–she seems to have lived many lives! The artists in her book include: David Wiesner, Trina Schart Hyman, Lane Smith, Brian Selznick, Bryan Collier, David Shannon, Petra Mathers, Paul O. Zelinsky, Hilary Knight, Denise Fleming, Harry Bliss, and Betsy Lewin. The book is awesome. I can’t wait to pour over it!

I also wandered throughout the International Folk Art Museum and doodled from bits of folk art. Alexander Girard‘s collection spins my head like a wild whirly gig every time! I had fun combining imagery from different countries and times into one odd, international story. It feels like some funny musical stage production. Like, what’s up with the mermaid squeezing her nipple behind the nun praying…? Whoops. Not sure how that happened…

I love getting out of my world sometimes and into another. It is energizing, and you never know how it will creep into your art.

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I believe we should preserve this evidence
of the past, not as a pattern for sentimental imitation, but as nourishment
for the creative spirit of the present.

-Alexander Girard