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   

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DICKENS: A Celebration In Pictures - Travels to Poe Park

Dickens: A Celebration In Pictures - A selection of work from the original exhibit that first appeared at the Yonkers Riverfront Library for Dickens' Bicentennial, will be on view at POE PARK VISITORS CENTER ART GALLERY, February 3 - 21, 2015.

If you missed the original show, here's your chance to experience a selection of illustrations created by CBIG members based on the literary work of Charles Dickens. Some of the guest collaborators will also be on hand for a series of family programs.


guests include: Carol Burrell, Fred Kaplan, Michael Patrick Hearn and the artists from CBIG: Lisa Cinelli, Diana Ting Delosh, Peggy Dressel, Laura Goetz, Sara Kahn, Leeza Hernandez, Doreen Marts, Donna Miskend, Marilyn Papas, Clare Pernice, Roberta Rivera, Vicky Rubin, T. T. Tyler

Photos from the original exhibit with all the artists can be found by searching for DICKENS on this blog. Additionally, a variety of material from the exhibit can also be found at the Dickens Museum, London, UK in their bicentennial archives. Research material is currently only accessible on site at the museum. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


 courtesy of Patricia Keeler
Members of CBIG join a growing list of illustrators working in the children's book industry who have submitted art for ABFFE's 20th Annual Childrens Book Art Auction, to support their initiative against censorship of children's books. Artwork for auction are both published and unpublished illustrations, sketches and prints.

This years special tribute include illustrations honoring Dr. Seuss whose books have been criticized for their content. His book The Lorax was challenged due to its unfavorable portrayal of the foresting industry.
 courtesy of Vicky Rubin

The Kids Right To Read Program is co-sponsored by ABC Children’s Group of the American Booksellers Association and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) with the National Association Against Censorship.There will be an on-line auction open to the public click HERE (opens: at noon, June 2, 2014 and closes, June 9, 2014 at noon), in person ticketed auction (Wed. May 28th at BEA may be purchased online) and a holiday auction in the fall. For more information visit the web sites highlighted.  
Examples of books that have been banned or challenged effecting availability:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; Angels in America by Tony Kushner, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Click HERE to see more books, many considered literary classics and important portrayals of American history.
Contributing CBIG artists include:
Wallace West · Jennifer Thermes · Vicky Rubin · Stephanie Ruble ·  Marilyn Papas · 
Clare Pernice · Christine Mix · Donna Miskend · Doreen Marts · Nina Mata · 
Patricia Keeler · Melissa Iwai · Lisa Cinelli

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Members of CBIG took part in the Draftman's Congress, an event at the New Museum in association with an exhibit by the artist Pawel Althamer. He first created this event at the Berlin Biennale in 2012. More are planned for Europe and Asia. Artist groups from different disciplines, painters, engineers, designers, cartoonists, etc. were invited to paint and draw. The public was also invited to join in for a huge art collaboration. Think of it like art as dance.  Ephemeral and the experience for both the artists and public as the act of creation. Participating members of CBIG:

©Angelique Anderson
Angelique Anderson click to visit her blog
©Amalia Hoffman

Amalia Hoffman click to visit 
"Participating in this event was a freeing experience. I felt like a kid, drawing with a piece of chalk, discovering colors, textures".

©Lisa Cinelli

Lisa Cinelli click to visit her web site
"The spontaneity, excitement, energy, and camaraderie making art together on the fourth floor of the New Museum created one of the most fun filled art making experiences I could ever imagine. Pawel was making art on the walls alongside the rest of the public".
©Diane Allison

Diane Allison
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"So how often do you get to DO the artwork in a major NYC art museum?  Huh?  Was this fun or what?  And working beside your colleagues, making delightful images beside, beneath and -oops there goes Nancy reaching above me, pasting her cut-out leapord in the hand of my tree-man!  It brought out the wall-scribbling 3year-olds in all of us -- and the glee".

©Yuko Katakawa

Yuko Katakawa
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©Donna Miskend
Donna Miskend
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"Walking into the space we were surrounded by art. Wow, what a great idea! It was so much fun to draw together."

©Marilyn Papas
Marilyn Papas click to
view her web site
Nancy Doniger
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©Nancy Doniger

©Kitty Leech

Kitty Leech
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"It was so much fun to get directly into the fray of artmaking, to all be drawing together and to have people walk by and comment while you were still working. It was an exhilarating afternoon!"

©Madonna Davidoff
Madonna Davidoff click to 
visit her web site

Thanks to the members for contributing the photos! 
Preparations - we get our own paper to work on  

CBIG artists begin

Can you spot Nancy's collage pieces? 

The walls, chairs and floor were covered with art!

Thank you to Pawel Althamer and the New Museum hosting such a wonderful event!

(top row) Nancy Doniger (front: L to R) Kitty Leech, Diane Allison, Angelique Anderson, Marilyn Papas,
Lisa Cinelli, Amalia Hoffman, Donna Miskend, Madonna Davidoff, Yuko Katakawa