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"Eric Carle's From Paper to Print Is the New Exhibit in Kidspace at MASS MoCA"
2000-10-06 until 2000-12-16
North Adams, MA, USA United States of America

From Paper to Print, the newest exhibition in Kidspace at MASS MoCA, features 43 original illustrations, hand-painted papers, and storyboards by renowned children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle. Carle has created beautiful picture books enjoyed by readers of all ages for over 30 years. This exhibition provides a glimpse into Carle's artistic process and invites visitors to paint, make collages, and create original illustrations and stories.

Kidspace at MASS MoCA is both a child-centered art gallery where contemporary artists' work is shown and a studio where children can create innovative artwork of their own. This year Kidspace is working with every student and teacher from Brayton, Greylock, and Sullivan Schools in North Adams. Kidspace Coordinator Molly Polk describes the new exhibition as a show of beautiful pictures in Eric Carle's signature collage style. In looking at these images, students will learn about Carle's process of making collages and picture books and they will also have the opportunity to experiment with this process themselves both in Kidspace and in their classrooms, said Polk.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle and his parents moved to Germany when he was just six years old. After graduating from Germany's prestigious Akademie der bildenden Künste art school he followed his dream of returning to the land of his happiest childhood memories. He arrived in New York in 1952 and soon found a job as a graphic designer for The New York Times. When the striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement caught the eye of respected educator and author Bill Martin Jr, Martin asked Carle to illustrate a book he had written. The result - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - is still a favorite with children and adults everywhere. Today, Carle's best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has sold over sixteen million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages.

Kidspace is open to the public on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm between October 6th and December 16th. Call (413)664-4481 ext. 8131 for more information about Kidspace. Admission to Kidspace is free.

In addition to this exhibit, there will be two Carle events related to the exhibition at MASS MoCA. On October 30th the Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia will perform its unique adaptations of Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Quiet Cricket in MASS MoCA's Hunter Center. On December 3rd Eric Carle will give a talk in MASS MoCA's B10 Theater at 2 pm. Call the MASS MoCA Box Office at 413.662.2111 for tickets and additional information.

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