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Monday
Oct282013

RISD By Design 2013

The second weekend of October marked a very special event: RISD By Design, an annual alumni reunion and parents weekend occurring all over campus. The event coincided with RISD's Alumni and Student Art Sale, as well as numerous presentations, tours, open studios and receptions. Every year, RISD by Design offers a chance to reunite with old friends, make new ones, rediscover the campus, and realize just what makes RISD so special. Click on the photo above to see more of the festivities from RBD 2013, or hit this link to visit the RISD Alumni Flickr page.

This year, in addition to being one of the biggest events of my event coordination career, was also my 10-year college reunion.  I enjoyed a house full of friends and more than a few adventures to commemorate the occasion. I'm so proud to be part of the team that pulled this off, grateful, and honestly a little surprised to be exactly where I want to be with my life.

Thanks to all my friends who made it out here for the weekend, RISD Alumni Relations + Special Events for all their tireless work, & my bosses for loading me up with drink tickets at the alumni dinner!

Monday
Sep162013

Kidlit Salon: 2013 Exhibition

Thanks to Lin Norman-Lyman for the banner design!

Kidlit Salons are back, and you're invited to an opening reception of artwork by professional and aspiring children's book illustrators!

Kidlit Salon: 2013 Exhibition
Date: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: The Olive Tap, 485 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906

Participating artists include yours truly, Roxie Munro, Ernie D'Elia, Sheli Petersen, Lin Norman-Lyman, Gaia Cornwall, Michelle Martins, Russ Cox, Sharon Wagner, Tal Levitt, Cat Smith, Courtney Autumn Martin Peck, and Jennifer Marsh Morris. 

Light refreshments of wine, sangria, and tasty appetizers made with artisanal olive oils and vinegars from The Olive Tap will be provided - including a special Kidlit Salon-inspired non-alcoholic cocktail of my own creation!

Please RSVP on Facebook. The show will remain on view at The Olive Tap until mid-November. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Monday
Sep092013

NecronomiCon-Providence Recap

Photo of Big Nazo puppets by Asylum House Images.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending, volunteering, and vending at NecronomiCon, a fantastic convention honoring the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft. I met a ton of friendly people, watched some great panel discussions, and enjoyed one of the most unique events Providence has ever seen (can you say "Cthulhu-themed Waterfire?")!

The reception of The Antarctic Express, a Lovecraftian children's book I illustrated, was beyond anything I was anticipating. I completely sold out after only a few hours! There was a constant stream of folks coming up to my table, grinning wildly about the concept. Fearless parents bought copies for their kids; subversive aunties and uncles bought copies to scare wee nieces and nephews (I can relate to that!). Others were on a mission to own everything ever made by author Ken Hite. This is a book that confounds most mainstream kidlit folks, but at NecronomiCon it was at home.

Without a doubt, this was one of the best conferences I've ever attended. I look forward to the 2015 NecronomiCon with much excitement - and armed with more books! In the meantime, I recommend everyone check out fabulous NecronomiCon photos over on the Asylum House Images Facebook page.

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