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Nights at the NCCIL: Modern Calligraphy and Hand-Lettering

September 28, 7:00-9:00 pm

Many illustrators use both techniques as a means to add personalization, character, and style to their illustration work, including many who have exhibited at the NCCIL. In fact, Oliver Jeffers hand wrote book titles specifically for his exhibition here last summer!

Participants will learn both modern calligraphy techniques and hand lettering techniques. Create a hand lettered work of your own using whichever technique you prefer.

Taught by our in-house art instructor, Taylor Beam. Find her on Instagram @tayloralexandrabeam

Two adult beverages (wine or beer) complimentary with each ticket. Space is limited, so act fast!  Purchase tickets here.

Yuyi Morales: Soñadora

November 14, 2019

Yuyi immigrated to the United States as a new mother with her two-month-old son, Kelly, and his American father in 1994. During a difficult transition period, she was introduced by Kelly’s grandmother to a local public library. In the children’s book section, she found a gateway to her new life. Even if she did not know all of the words, she could determine the story through the pictures that communicated despite language barriers. In this way, she learned English alongside her son, Kelly. This initial introduction to a public library would lead her down a path to see her childhood dream of being an artist and storyteller come to fruition.

Yuyi is a six-time recipient of the prestigious Pura Belpré award, and the first Latina to receive a Caldecott honor for her book, “Dreamers,” in 2019. Her books have been recognized with starred reviews in publications such as Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist.

Yuyi’s stories are heavily influenced by her upbringing in Mexico and give poignant insight from an immigrant’s perspective. “Dreamers,” the recipient of a 2019 Caldecott Honor, speaks to this experience and topic especially. However, pieces of her vibrant past make their way into her other titles as well. “As anyone who comes to a new country carries with her, with him, all those stories, I brought them with me, too, and I put them in my books all the time,” Morales has said. Be inspired by Yuyi’s extraordinary art at her opening, November 14th, 2019.

A Time and Place for Everything: Peter Brown

June 6, 2019-November 1, 2019

In "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" (2013), "Chowder" (2006), and "YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND!" (2011) readers learn about the beauty of being yourself and how friends will come to us when we least expect it, even if it seems like we’ve been waiting for forever!  "Creepy Carrots" (2012) and "Creepy Pair of Underwear" (2017) remind us that sometimes it’s okay to be scared, even if you’re a “big rabbit,” not a “little bunny anymore.”  Sometimes, the things we are scared of even help us overcome our fears!  We see that, with kindness, care, and an open mind, hard places and people can become beautiful.

Peter works in watercolor, pencil, acrylic, India ink, and gouache.  After creating his original images, he scans them into his computer to combine and arrange into the stunning finished project we see in his books!  He relies heavily on storyboards to help him think through the plots of his stories.