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The Art of Eric Carle: Night
Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle's visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon--in all its phases--always displays a gentle face. "The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night," says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Dream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book's publication.

When: Sep 8, 2017 12am to Mar 18, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Treasure from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration
In its short history, The Carle has become one of the premier repositories in the country for picture book art. In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Museum has assembled an all-star lineup of work from its permanent collection. The exhibition showcases significant acquisitions of the past 15 years with a special focus on the Museum's most recent gifts and purchases. Included are masterworks by Don Freeman, Trina Shart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others. Also featured are rarely seen three-dimensional objects in the collection such as dummy books, artist sketchbooks, and hand-carved printing blocks. A special selection of artist doodles and sketches--drawn over 15 years of artist visits, workshops, and book signings--is displayed in the auditorium hallway.

When: Dec 1, 2017 12am to Apr 1, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Eighty Years of Caldecott Books
This exhibition brings together 79 first-edition Caldecott Medal award books; the newest winner, to be announced in January 2018, will be added to the display early next year (visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite contender!). While the books themselves are valuable artifacts, it is the art inside for which they are celebrated. Original illustrations from several titles are featured, including art by Marcia Brown, the Caldecott's first "triple-crown" winner. Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott Medal is bestowed annually by the American Library Association to "the most distinguished American picture book for children." Visitors will learn fun facts and test their knowledge of Caldecott trivia. Can you name the four husband-and-wife teams who have won a Caldecott Medal? This exhibition is co-curated by Barbara Elleman and Chief Curator Ellen Keiter.

When: Dec 12, 2017 12am to Mar 13, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Nature Play Afterschool Winter Session
When: Jan 3, 2018 12am to Mar 21, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Girls into the Wild Winter Session
When: Jan 4, 2018 12am to Mar 22, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Spring 2018 Late Night Movies
Come watch some of today's latest films not yet released on DVD for free while enjoying complimentary popcorn and refreshments.

When: Jan 26, 2018 12am to Apr 29, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Interactive Creative Experiences
Reflective writing, art-making, and sharing. A collaboration with Paperbark Magazine. Events begin at 3:00; arrive at 2:30 for quiet contemplation and check-in.

Part of the UMass Amherst project, 'Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis.'



When: Jan 31, 2018 12am to Mar 7, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
RecycleMania 2018
When: Feb 4, 2018 12am to Mar 31, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Exhibit: 'Home: Part I'
When: Feb 5, 2018 12am to Mar 6, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Here to Career Internship Workshop Series
In this non-credit course, students will learn career navigation skills such as resume and cover letter customization, interviewing techniques and how to connect professionally to promote career success.

Free dinner will be provided at every session from 6:15 - 6:30 p.m.

Attend all five sessions (1/29/18, 2/5/18, 2/12/18, 2/26/18, 3/5/18) to earn a $20 gift card and a certificate of completion.

All HFA majors and minors are encouraged; others welcomed.



When: Feb 5, 2018 12am to Feb 26, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA