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Children's book illustrations exhibit headed to art museum

The N.C. Museum of Art will host an exhibit of children's book illustration from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art this fall.

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Green Frog, Green Frog, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

We're a lover of Eric Carle books in my house. I've read them to my five-year-old since she was a baby. And now she's reading them to her baby sister.

So I'm so excited to take her to a special exhibit set to open at the N.C.Museum of Art in Raleigh this fall. Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is one of five special exhibits which will open inside the museum's original building on Nov. 7.

The headliner, of course, is American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, which will open the same day. You'll need tickets for the Rockwell exhibit.

But the four others, including Fins and Feathers, will be free.

Fins and Feathers will feature illustrations from the late 1960s to today, including Carle (author/illustrator of nearly 40 books including "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?"), Leo Lionni (of "Swimmy" and "Frederick" among others), and Petra Mathers (of the Lottie's World series and others).

The illustrations come from the Eric Carle Museum, which Carle established in 2002. The museum in Amherst, Mass., is devoted exclusively to original picture book art. This will definitely be a family-friendly exhibit with lots of pictures for kids to get excited about or recognize from their own books at home, including a daydreaming fish, day-tripping chickens and a mixed-up chameleon.

The Rockwell exhibit also will be a great family activity as well. 

Both will run through Jan. 30. Click here for more details.

The art museum has lots of other family-friendly events coming up.

You can see "Fantastic Mr. Fox," rated PG, starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the museum's outdoor summer movie series.

There's the Dan Zanes concert at 4 p.m. this Sunday. Open Dream: Peril of the Red Planet is at 4 p.m. Aug. 28. The Open Dream Ensemble is a professional outreach program of the UNC School of the Arts. It presents original theater productions to young audiences throughout the southeast.

And the Paperhand Puppet Intervention moves its giant puppets and big summer show from Chapel Hill to the art museum Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

Click here for more information on these shows.

The museum also will continue its children's performances, Family Fun Saturdays and Preschool Playshops this fall. The details are being hashed out now. Stay tuned. So nice to have the museum open again!


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