David Small & Sarah Stewart wow the audiences at the Cookies & Crumbs event!

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NCCIL’s twentieth anniversary celebrations continued with a visit from beloved artist David Small and his lovely wife, Sarah Stewart. Both have long been supporters of the NCCIL and its mission. Upon being invited to be a part of the yearlong festivities, Sarah remarked, “David and I don't think of the NCCIL as simply one of the repositories of picture book art in the U.S., but as our Fort Knox, keeper of the best of the gold.”

Accompanying them was Holy McGhee, Creative Director, Pippin Properties, who flew in from New Jersey to join in the festivities. During her visit, Holly fondly recalled her previous visit to the NCCIL and Pippin artists who have had exhibitions here- Betsy Lewin, David Small, Fred Marcellino and William Steig, and had this to say, “The NCCIL has been making the world more beautiful through art for 20 years. Congratulations and wishes for many more!” Another long time NCCIL friend and supporter author Kathi Appelt and her husband Ken, drove down from College Station, TX to participate in the festivities. David and Sarah interviewed each other and later captivated the audience with a drawing lesson!

Small’s works first exhibited at the NCCIL in the spring of 2001. The exhibition, A David Small World, updated in the spring of 2007, is still touring nationwide. The NCCIL will display a sampling of art from this exhibition in its back gallery until March 22, 2017.