For starters, I met fellow children's book illustrator, Hazel Mitchell, for a chatty lunch at the Liberal Cup in Hallowell, Maine.
Never mind pie, face time with another artist is a really big treat! Hazel hails from Yorkshire, England, but finds the rolling fields of Detroit, Maine much to her liking. Thanks, Hazel, for making the trek! She documented my prize: a carved bear by Dan Burns, a surprise win in the Hubbard Free Library raffle.
I wore my red pants for the occasion.
On my way to another library, I lolligagged like Little Red at the nearby Maine State Museum, where I found Baby Bear out front.
There's a haunting exhibit there now about Malaga Island, a sorry chapter in Maine history.
I enjoyed the various installations evoking At Home in Maine. Could Grandma be waiting for Little Red in this kitchen?
There's an extensive exhibit, Back to Nature, where I encountered a very big Papa Bear.
A quote by Rachel Carson, naturalist and author of Silent Spring, hung in the air:
"In nature nothing exists alone."
That concept is also behind A Warmer World by Caroline Arnold, in which she describes animals' shifting habitats due to climate change. This poster hit the nail on that head. Many species are moving into cooler places all over the globe.
The museum was a great warm-up for my visit to the South China Library, where I met once again with their inspired book group for kids. I brought a few objects for display, several of which were used as reference in illustrating Nest, Nook & Cranny, and A Warmer World.
Each member gets to pick a book and the activity for that book. Thanks, Sedona, for choosing Nest, Nook, & Cranny and for bringing the clay and hay to make little nests!
I brought sketches, the original art for this book jacket, and some drawing supplies.
Love this young artist's squid!
And look, here's my illustration from the book, a hive and Mama Bear.
Thanks to South China Library for a fun evening! A sweet time all around.
My next outing will be on Great Diamond Island this Saturday night at 7 PM, the final lecture of the series at Fort McKinley. I'll tell more tales about the life of an illustrator, three miles out to sea.