Children's book illustrators to appear at Main Line Art Center

Matt Phelan illustrated "I´ll Be There" and will discuss his work this Sunday at the Main Line Art Center.
Matt Phelan illustrated "I'll Be There" and will discuss his work this Sunday at the Main Line Art Center.

The Main Line Art Center is teaming up with Haverford’s Children’s Book World to host a free Sunday event booked with presentations by eight illustrators from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each illustrator will share with attendees their work and talk about how they came to be an artist. Visit the event’s page to find out what time each illustrator will speak, and check out the who’s who below:

David Wiesner won three Caldecott medals for his illustrations in “Tuesday,” “The Three Pigs,” and “Flotsam.” As he has with many of his titles, he authored his most recent book “Art & Max,” which was released in 2010. From fish and pigs to flying frogs and dragons, Wiesner continues to explore various medias to create new ways to tell stories derived from his imagination.

Brian Biggs’ artist scope includes works for comic books, news publications and advertising, but the Arkansas native and current Philadelphian most recently showed off his work in “Everything Goes,” a children’s book about transportation that he authored.

Amy Ignatow’s first book “The Popularity Papers,” gave Ignatow’s career a growth spurt after she graduated from Moore College of Art and Design in 2002. The book spurred three more installments, the most recent of which will be released in April 2012. Subtitled “The Rocky Road Trip of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang,” Ignatow’s second scrapbook-style children’s book will follow her characters on an adventure – chaperoned by their fathers, of course.

Gene Baretta isn’t a stranger to “Sesame Street.” An animator as well as illustrator, Baretta worked on the popular TV show’s 28th and 29th seasons.  In June, he released “Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs,” a follow-up to “Deer Dear: A Book of Homophones.”

Monica Carnesi authored “Little Dog Lost” – released in January – while maintaining her librarian status at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Carnesi frequently updates her blog with daily sketches and paintings.

Matt Phelan’s most recent work exists in the pages of “I’ll Be There,” a book authored by Ann Stott. Phelan also writes his own graphic novels, including “The Storm in the Barn” and “Around the World.” The Oregon Children’s Theater in Portland is adapting “The Storm in the Barn” for a play opening in April 2012.

Robert and Lisa Papp spend their works days illustrating in Bucks County, Pa., where they live together as a married couple. They both have large individual bodies of work, including “Rudolph to the Rescue,” illustrated by Lisa and “The Last Brother,” illustrated by Robert.