Monday, March 29, 2010

Women's History Month Celebration

The opening event of the Women's History Month Celebration started with an original picture book illustration exhibition at Superfine.

Selina Alko, Miriam Cohen, Pat Cummings, Aileen Leijten, Meghan McCarthy and I shared the Superfine gallery wall during March 2010.

My illustration was from the book, MERMAIDS ON PARADE.

Lots of children attended and went home with signed books.

Everyone was treated with a special visit by Miss Brooklyn 2009, Keelie Sheridan. The children could not stop talking to her. Keelie was interviewed on this blog in October 2009.

Here are two amazing women I feel lucky to be connected to. How fantastic that Miss Brooklyn extended her support to the Women's History Month Celebration. Keelie Sheridan's platform is Arts in Education for all as part of the Miss Brooklyn/Miss America Scholarship Fund. And Tanya Rynd, an owner of Superfine, who 'got' my vision for a grassroots community art and literature event and helped to make it come true. THANKS!

With Heather Scott of Scholastic.

Deloris McCullough from Brooklyn Central Library with a parent.

Uldis Skrodelis from Brooklyn Heights branch library.

I want to thank all the participating author-illustrators, bookstores, and Superfine, as well as bloggers, friends, artists, writers, students, parents, librarians, publishing professionals, patrons and well wishers for their support. It takes a community to create a picture book. THANK YOU!

Photo Credits: Melanie Hope Greenberg and Michael Santangelo Copyright 2010


Michael S. said...

I had a great time that night. It was such an important show and I think all the illustrators working and living in Brooklyn, women and men, should be proud of it.

Maria Madonna Davidoff said...

Looks like a great event. Congratulations.

melanie hope greenberg said...

Thanks for the great comments and your good wishes.

Christina Rodriguez said...

Hey, I like the look of that bar! What better place for children's book art than right above the booze? :)

melanie hope greenberg said...

I brought our art to a new audience who would never venture into a children's bookstore. The fact that picture book art is low on the heirarchy totem pole is good reason to let people see how complex, diverse sophisticated and well executed it can be. Superfine has a built in "captive audience". Hundreds of people got a chance to see our art, where otherwise you'd have to drag them to a gallery. The Brooklyn Winter Hoedown was on the first weekend of the exhibition. So many people coming to hear live music at Superfine got a chance to look at the art. And with all that booze it might make them more willing to buy art. ps I read your :) as a sarcasm emoticon ;-)