Illustration Art Show

Monkey Ono illustrations on display at the West Hartford Art League.

Monkey Ono illustrations on display at the West Hartford Art League.

I am thrilled to have original illustrations of my book, MONKEY ONO, up at the West Hartford Art League for their Art of Children’s Book exhibit.  It was difficult picking which illustrations to show.  I tried to choose a variety of scenes that showed different methods of illustration.

Yesterday, there was a book reading and signing.  (Below) Here I am reading MONKEY ONO.  Oddly enough, there were a lot of adults there – adults with no children in tow.  It’s always a little odd to read a children’s book to adults, but I just go for it. I give them the full Julie performance.   And there was a sweet little girl in the front who was giving me a lot of feedback.  I was the straight man and she was getting all the laughs.  Worked for me!

J. C. Phillipps reads her book, Monkey Ono at the West Hartford Art League.

J. C. Phillipps reads her book, Monkey Ono at the West Hartford Art League.

This was an illustration show, so some of us read through the books and some of us talked more about the illustrations.  Andrea Wisnewski read her brand new book, Trio, (which comes out in October.)  It’s sooo cute and beautiful!  If you’re in the market for a picture book and you already have all of mine (wink, wink) then definitely pick this one up.

At the end, all of the illustrators – me, Robert Noreika, Andrea Wisnewski, and Sandy Chase – got together for a group shot.  It was a lovely event and I am honored to have been a part of it.

J. C. Phillipps, Robert Noreika, Andrea Wisnewski, and Sandy Chase pose with their books.

J. C. Phillipps, Robert Noreika, Andrea Wisnewski, and Sandy Chase pose with their books.