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Local Event at R. Michelson Galleries

October 13, 2011

For anyone living in (or near) the Pioneer Valley, Angela and I will be attending the “22nd Annual Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit” opening at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 6th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

This annual gathering brings out a plethora of local authors and illustrators, all of whom are happy to sign books and chat at this festive opening. This year, the gallery is honoring illustrator Jules Feiffer and the 50th anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth. Come on by and say hi!

PS – looks like Rich (the gallery owner, and author in his own right) has created a list of 22 reasons to attend the 22nd annual opening.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.