Rosemary Wells, award-winning author and illustrator who created the popular characters Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora and Yoko, will be one of the featured visiting artists at the Mazza Museum’s Summer Conference slated for July 18-22.
The grand opening for an exhibition featuring some of Wells’ pieces will be held Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion. On Monday afternoon, she will lead a session with conference participants. Wells’ career as an author and illustrator spans more than 40 years and 120 books. Her books have received numerous honors, including a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year award for “My Very First Mother Goose.”
The annual Summer Conference benefits children’s book art enthusiasts, artists and educators who wish to learn more about incorporating art lessons and history into their lesson plans. Attendees have opportunities to learn from, work and socialize with acclaimed children’s book artists, illustrators and authors through small group workshops, breakout sessions, lectures and autographing sessions. They can also earn undergraduate and graduate credit by participating.
Other visiting professionals for this year’s conference will include:
- Chris Barton, author of the best-seller “Shark vs. Train” and the Sibert Honor-winning “The Day-Glo Brothers”;
- Barney Saltzberg, author and illustrator of “Beautiful Oops” and other works that tell readers it’s OK to make mistakes;
- Marie Louise Gay, author and illustrator of several books that have won accolades such as Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award;
- Lizzy Rockwell, illustrator of more than 25 children’s books by a variety of authors and the author/illustrator of works such as “Plants Feed Me,” and “The Busy Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness”;
- Steve Light, a teacher, illustrator and author of more than 19 children’s books, and former Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum and Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art employee;
- Lita Judge, award-winning author and illustrator of more than 20 nonfiction picture books, including “Hoot and Peep” and “Born in the Wild,”
- Elly MacKay, a paper artist who uses layers, light and photography who creates picture books and illustrates covers for novels;
- Randall de Sève, a former early childhood teacher and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Toy Boat”;
- Steve Swinburne, a former ranger who worked in several national parks and the author of more than 30 children’s books based on his experiences and travels;
- Jim Averbeck, author of the Charlotte Zolotow Honor book, “In a Blue Room” and two Junior Library Guild Selections books; and
- Jason Chin, an author who combines imaginative storytelling with intriguing science to create award-winning books such as “Redwoods Island: A Story of the Galápagos” and “Gravity.”
More details on the Mazza Museum’s 2016 Summer Conference can be found here.