Friday, October 30, 2015

Friends of CBIG News

Carol (Klio) Burrell, who joined us for our Dickens exhibit this year at Poe Park with a workshop on creating web comics is using Kickstarter to take her web comic, SPQR Blues to print! For further info, visit this LINK

Michael Patrick Hearn, children's literary historian, will be speaking on Alice In Wonderland with a panel of guests at the NYPL main library on 42nd street on December 12th at 2pm.

I hope to have a recap of the wonderful talks he's given for our exhibits by the end of the year on my Conversations blog. Meanwhile, you can review the artist interviews there. LINK

Coming soon...A recap in photos of this years events

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Illustrations by the Children's Book Illustrators Group 

On view in the Youth Wing at 
10 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn tel: 718.230.2100

June 11 - September 25, 2015 

exhibiting members:
guest speaker: Michael Patrick Hearn
For an interview with some of the artists, CLICK HERE
EVENT: Saturday, September 19 at 2pm: The Magic of Fairy Tales, a conversation with Michael Patrick Hearn, children's literary historian and curator, Donna Miskend
FREE and open to the public
Brooklyn Central Library
HOURS mon-thurs 9am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-6pm Sun 1pm-5pm

Thank you to the Brooklyn Public Library for hosting us. And a special thank you to Barbara Wing, Mgr. of Exhibitions! 
This exhibit is underwritten by the Brooklyn Public Library

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ABFE Children's Book Art Auction 2015

CBIG members join other notable children's book illustrators in contributing work to the American Booksellers Foundation annual auction. The private auction was held on May 26th and a recap of the evening will appear here in a future post. Meanwhile view some photos here. While many of the works sold that evening, there is a new round of work available, both prints and original art) at the public auction running from June 1-8. LINK  Funds raised from the auction go to support the Kids Right to Read Program and Banned Book Week, fight against censorship by making books available to kids in schools and in bookstores. Iconic titles such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax are among books previously unavailable to kids in many areas across the country. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


 Children's book illustrators exhibit. MASTER STORYTELLERS, classic tales by Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Mother Goose, Aesop and more inspire contemporary illustrations for children, picture book age through YA. On view April 1 - May 30, 2015.

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 27 due to popular demand
Participating CBIG Members: Melissa Iwai, Lisa Cinelli, Angelique Anderson, Roberta Rivera, Donna Miskend, Clare Pernice,Yuko Katakawa, Nancy Doniger, Christine Mix, Kitty Leech, Delphine Henault, Robin Meeks, Vicky Rubin, Cheryl Taborsky
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458

Schedule of events: 
Saturday April 11
12pm - Artist panel includes CBIG members Nancy Doniger and curator, Donna Miskend

1pm - A conversation with guest Michael Patrick Hearn, author and children's literary historian
followed by reception

Saturday May 30 11am
Learn Pen & Ink with CBIG artist Roberta Rivera

The exhibition is underwritten by the NYC parks department.

artist panel moderated by curator/exhibitor Donna Miskend
artwork by CBIGers L: Nancy Doniger, R: Lisa Cinelli
HIGHLIGHTS: reception, artist panel, conversation with Michael Patrick Hearn, School visits and public workshops with CBIG artists Donna Miskend, curator/exhibitor and Roberta Rivera, exhibitor.

Angelique Anderson

Melissa Iwai (art Top)
(art bottom Robin Meeks)
Our guest, Michael Patrick Hearn,
children's literary historian with Donna Miskend, curator

Roberta Rivera (art top)
(art L, Donna Miskend, art R, Nancy Doniger)
Vicky Rubin art: The Nose by Nickolai Gogol
WORKSHOPS for kids and adults

Roberta Rivera pen and ink
public workshop

vegetable printing
Pen and Ink

Donna Miskend with 1st graders

Pinnochio Cards
Lucy Aponte of Poe Park Visitor Center
artwork Cheryl Taborsky, Vicky Rubin
Gallery tour to kids

Thank you to our guest, Mr. Hearn, and Poe Park Visitor Center, Lucy Aponte and staff for making this exhibit a success.

Friday, March 6, 2015

DICKENS Travels, Poe Park Events Wrap-up

We took a selection of work from the original bicentennial show, Dickens, A Celebration In Pictures to Poe Park Visitor Center Gallery. It was a great success. There were tourists from europe, including a college from the U.K., and several elementary school visits. Channel 12 news covered the exhibit too. Here's a look at some of the family events and school visits. Note: all artwork copywrite individual artists.
Clare Pernice, author of Circus Girl, and Donna Miskend, teaching artist, host 2nd graders for Dickens character puppets workshop.
 the puppet on the left sports a beard!
T. T. Tyler reads from a picture book biography of Dickens and helps them with their craft project. 

artwork: Leeza Hernandez and Diana Ting Delosh 
art: Hernandez, DT Delosh, Lisa Cinelli
art: Peggy Dressel
 Touring the exhibit with exhibiting artist T.T. Tyler and Donna Miskend, curator
art: Dickens ms courtesy Morgan Library & Museum, Clare Pernice
art: Donna Miskend

art: Vicky Rubin, Marilyn Papas
Carol Burrell, a.k.a. web comic artist Klio gives a workshop on graphic novel art style and web comics.
 H.S. students learn about Dickens' illustrators with curator Donna Miskend. Some of the students and their teacher draw Scrooge and the Artful Dodger.
copywrite Ray Felix of Bronx Heroes Comic Con
Click here for a transcript included in this exhibit from my conversation for the bicentennial exhibit with Fred Kaplan, biographer, author of Charles Dickens A Biography, and his latest book, Visionary American A Biography of John Quincy Adams. 

A conversation about Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe with Michael Patrick Hearn, children's literary historian and author of the Annotated Christmas Carol and forthcoming Annotated Edgar Allan Poe.

artwork: Sara Kahn

Klio, Donna Miskend, Lucy Aponte, Michael Patrick Hearn

An audience of kids enjoyed a talk with artists: Peggy Dressel, Clare Pernice, Roberta Rivera, guest Carol Burrell (aka Klio) and curator/artist Donna Miskend. Peggy mentioned using her nephew as a model and photographing him from above for her painting of Oliver asking for more food. Clare spoke about how she arranges her colors for inspiration, blues together, etc. Roberta said never give up your dream if you want to be an artist. Klio showed her travel water chamber paintbrush and sketchbook and said draw, draw, draw! Donna mentioned that although she painted Marley's ghost, she likes to paint animals and nature. One of the children said he likes to draw dogs and showed the artists his drawing of a dog he drew and the beginning of a story to go with it. Clearly we had a future picture book author/illustrator in the audience. We talked about illustrating Dickens' work, and about being an artist. A great end to a wonderful exhibit. Thank you to Poe Park Visitor Center for hosting us. 

CBIG artists return to Poe Park Visitor Center Gallery along with other artists for Master Storytellers, classic authors' literary work depicted in illustrations for children and teens. Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allan Poe and more, curated by Donna Miskend. On view April 1 through May 30, 2015. Check back here for more details soon. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

DICKENS TRAVELS- Dickens, A Celebration In Pictures



SNOW DELAYS OPENING  - February 3 new date 5 - 21, 2015

exhibiting members:
CLICK on name to view artist's web site

Lisa Cinelli      Diana Ting Delosh      Peggy Dressel      Laura Goetz    Leeza Hernandez

Sara Kahn      Doreen Marts      Donna Miskend      Marilyn Papas      Clare Pernice

Roberta Rivera      Vicky Rubin     Cheryl Taborsky      T. T. Tyler

Poe Park Visitors Center Gallery                      Hours:   Tues. - Sat.   8am - 4pm
2640 Grand Concourse                                         Exhibit and Events FREE
Bronx, NY 10458

Guest Speakers:
CLICK on name to view web site

Michael Patrick Hearn (literary/children's book historian)       Fred Kaplan (biographer) written contribution
Carol Burrell (a.k.a Klio, comic artist)

SCHEDULE of Events - Please note that some dates have changed*

school visits: February 5 - school elementary school visit
                      February 12 - high school visit

Saturday, February 14

12pm Creating comic style art and starting your own web comic with Carol Burrell (a.k.a Klio, comic artist) 

2pm  Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe, A Discussion with Michael Patrick Hearn, literary historian/author of The Annotated Christmas Carol and the forthcoming book The Annotated Edgar Allan Poe (ages 15 - adult), moderated by Donna Miskend, curator

Saturday, February 21*

10:30am Dickens Picture Book Reading and Art Project with T. T. Tyler, CBIG artist (ages 5-8)

1pm   Panel Discussion with CBIG artists  (family event)*

  • Clare Pernice, Marilyn Papas, Peggy Dressel, Roberta Rivera, and special guest Carol Burrell a.k.a. Klio, moderated by Donna Miskend, curator/CBIG artist 
2pm  Closing Reception*
gallery closes at 4pm
these sites offer more info on Dickens

Gerald Dickens talks about performing his great, great grandfather's work in the same manner as Charles Dickens performed them in his public readings VIEW

Simon Callow on Dickens as a performer VIEW

Ruth Richardson, author of Dickens and the Workhouse, shows us the area that inspired 'Oliver Twist' VIEW

Sue Perkins on Dickens' life, work and methods with commentary by various British actors VIEW

ANIMATED by Richard Williams A Christmas Carol narrated by Michael Redgrave VIEW

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


artwork: Lisa Cinelli, Clare Pernice
Fun at the ABFFE childrens book art auction at the Javitz Center in May

Marilyn Papas
Wallace West
Stephanie Ruble and Lisa Cinelli; artwork Lisa
Marilyn Papas, Nancy Doniger, Donna Miskend
CBIG members not only contributed artwork, but also volunteered for this worthy cause in an effort to combat censorship regarding children's books: volunteers T.T. Tyler and Nancy Donniger

Doreen Marts
artwork Patricia Keeler, Patricia and Vicky Rubin
Melissa Iwai
Stephanie Ruble

Jennifer Thermes

Special section for artwork celebrating Dr. Seuss:

Vicky Rubin 
Donna Miskend
Nina Mata

Christine Mix
Dancin' to Footloose tune

Donna Miskend, Clare Pernice, Patricia Keeler
Annina Luck Wildermuth, Vicky Rubin

 For more information, visit the earlier blog post on ABFFE and the art auction details HERE