Art Auction to Benefit the Eric Carle Museum

Start with this:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Add in a little of this:

maisy the mouse


A bit of this:

Van Allsburg Monkeys


A handful of this:

Mo Willems Pigeon

And what do you get?

Well, besides what would be a very surreal dinner party, you get an opportunity to own an original piece by an amazing picture book artist.

Here’s what you need to do: Go check out these artworks. After you’ve wiped the drool off of your chin, go to this page on the Eric Carle Museum site to request your invite to the Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction.

Wear something snazzy, because here is the itinerary for the evening:

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Guastavino’s, 409 East 59th Street

5:00 p.m. – VIP champagne reception with honorees
6:00 p.m. – Reception with drinks, dinner fare, and auction
7:30 p.m. – Seated presentation of awards
8:15 p.m. – Dessert and coffee
8:45 p.m. – Auction close
9:00 p.m. – Wait around to stalk your favorite illustrator

(Guess which part of the night I added in.)

Now. let’s just say for a moment that you won’t be able to make it to the benefit. You can still bid in absentia, or just sit around and daydream about what it would be like to own one of these:

carle honors illustrations

And here’s the piece you may win for me:

carle honors_swiatkowska

Now, take a look above at the 7:30 slot, and you will notice there are awards. For what? I’ll just quote the press release here:

The Carle Honors celebrates individuals and organizations that bring creative vision and long-term dedication to picture books and the many ways they open children’s minds to art and literacy. The awards are selected each year by a committee chaired by children’s literature historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus, who was central to the founding of the Honors. The committee recognizes four distinct awards: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Angel, whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; and Bridge, individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.


Here are the honorees for this year:

  • Artist: Lane Smith, the author and artist who received a 2012 Caldecott Honor for his book, Grandpa Green.
    • Lane Smith will be introduced by children’s literature expert Anita Silvey.
  • Angel: Kent L. Brown Jr., executive director of the Highlights Foundation and editor-in-chief emeritus of Highlights for Children, Inc.
    • Kent Brown will be introduced by artist Floyd Cooper.
  • Mentor: Frances Foster, the editor of Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar Straus and Giroux.
    • Frances Foster will be introduced by artist Barbara McClintock and musician Natalie Merchant.
  • Bridge: Christopher Cerf, Sesame Street contributor and co-creator of the PBS series Between The Lions.
    • Christopher Cerf will be introduced by artist Mo Willems.


Okay. Who wants to dress up like our favorite characters from Eric Carle books and sneak in with me?

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. My kind of star-studded event! Thanks for letting us know about it. I am planning to be the highest bidder on them all! Okay maybe I will leave the Swiatkowska for you!

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