February 20th Event

It looks like we won’t have enough people confirmed to purchase tickets as a group for the Kadir Nelson talk at the August Wilson Center <http://www.pittsburghlectures.org/interior.php?pageID=240> , so anyone who plans to attend will need to purchase tickets individually.

Tickets are available online through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust:

Individual tickets cost $10 (plus  .75  tax & processing fee) and include Nelson’s talk, a Q&A, a book signing and refreshments.

The program begins at 2:00 and runs until 5:00 on Sunday, February 20

at the August Wilson Center.

We will meet at the Panera Bread at the Waterfront at 11:00 for lunch and to discuss Nelson’s books before we carpool to the program. Be sure to bring any books you may have that are illustrated by Kadir Nelson including ones you’ve borrowed from your library.

Please feel free to meet us for lunch at Panera even if you don’t plan on attending the program that afternoon.

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We’re moving:

I will keep this blog for a few more months, but we’re moving to a new (and improved) blog.


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We have some exciting things planned for the 2011 year!


Kadir Nelson

In preparation for the Black, White & Read All Over series installment with Kadir Nelson, we would like to get together to discuss his children’s books, particularly his Caldecott Honor Books (Moses and Henry’s Freedom Box).

If we were to meet at a library (Brentwood and Peters Township Libraries have been suggested), we could pull his books from the shelves as well as bring our own.

If Amy Kellman can join us, we could discuss the Caldecott Awards in more detail. (Specific meeting date TBA.)

And, of course, we’ll have to bring some munchies and drinks.

Areas of discussion could include:

• his illustration style from book to book

• page compositions

• color choices/palettes

• lighting

• details added that weren’t part of the text

• perspectives (camera angles)

• the “why’s” for all the above

• what’s so special about the Caldecott Honor Books

Prior to Nelson’s talk, the group could meet for lunch and carpool to the August Wilson Center. Group rates are discounted if we can get five people or more to attend and order the tickets online in advance.

Black, White & Read All Over

Sunday,February 20, 2011,

2:00 pm

August Wilson Center

980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown

… a wonderful day!

Here is the winner of the Lapel Pin Challenge: Anni Matsick‘s design.

This will be available at the next conference.

Also everyone who attended yesterday’s conference received a 2010 lapel pin, and they will be made available on the website soon.

Next year’s conference is going to be a BIG one…it will be held in Gettysburg and we’ll be joining up with two other regions to bring in a lot of art directors and editors. Stay tuned for more information.


2010 Lapel Pin

This is what this year’s lapel pin looks like. John Hinderliter’s design won last year’s challenge.

I posted several of this year’s entries already this past week…totally forgetting that they will be voted on as anonymous entries!  …and there I was adding everyone’s web addresses.  (having a ‘senior moment’,  I suppose)  So, I had to delete those posts and start over again.

I will add all of the entries this evening with no names or websites…and then AFTER the conference I can re-post with their website information.  They are all so beautiful, I can’t wait for you to see them all!  Thanks to everyone who entered.  For more information.


Tuesday  October  12th


Barnes & Nobles at the Waterfront in Homestead

Bonnie Funk is starting the Tuesday Night Critique Group back up.  (yay!)

It will be scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month again,  EXCEPT for this month…it’ll be on the 12th (which is actually the second Tuesday)

…everyone is welcome…bring your portfolio or a piece that you’re working on….(maybe buy a cup of coffee & a sweet roll) and chat the night away!

It is always so helpful to have a few more sets of eyes look at your art, to give you new ideas or help you correct a trouble spot…it would be great if you could make it!


Any questions or suggestions? Leave a comment right here and we’ll try to get back with you as soon as possible!

Saturday November 13th

at the Greentree Radisson in Pittsburgh

Besides all of the other wonderful things happening that day, here’s what’s in it for the illustrators:

  1. Take part in SCBWI’s customary Illustrator’s Round Table discussion. We’d all love to hear what you have to say.
  2. Learn about creating book covers and other useful illustration and marketing tips as John Blumen shares his 34 years of experience in illustration.
  3. Join Nora Thompson as she shares her thoughts on Blogs, Tweets and other social networks and their benefits to you.
  4. and we will also have a group portfolio review…so bring your portfolio.

And also bring your promotional materials to be displayed for the editors and all of the attendees to view.

see WPaSCBWI.com for more information


I would like to involve all of the illustrators in this years challenge: designing our second annual lapel pin.

Last year’s by John Hinderliter will be available at the conference.

The design must include:

  • the date: 2011
  • WPaSCBWI (in any readable form)
  • a simple graphic to somehow symbolize children’s books.

You can use almost any shape, the longest part being approximately one inch to one and a half inches.

For presentation purposes make the design larger than the actual pin on a 7.5″ x 7.5″ sheet of white paper. They will be displayed at the conference.

Please send the designs either to my mailing address or to my email RoseGauss@me.com before October 25th.

Have fun with this and good luck!

I hope to see you at the conference on November 13th!


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Pittsburgh Sketch Crawl

Second Saturday Art Workshop

Saturday, October 9 | 10am-4pm

Rain Date: October 16

FREE TO PARTICIPATE – Registration is required!

Join us for a 6-hour drawing marathon!  Draw what you see on your journey through some of Downtown’s scenic plazas.  Bring your own preferred art supplies, sketch book and a bag lunch.
Here’s how it works:
Sign in at the Trust Arts Education Center located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue at 10am to pick up your Pittsburgh Sketch Crawl Schedule and Map, plus a free prize.
Visit the sketch crawl locations in any order you choose. A team of artists will be on hand at each location to assist you with your sketches, led by illustrator Rick Antolic.
Afterward, your sketches can be exhibited at First Night® Pittsburgh 2011! After the Crawl, we’ll contact you with details.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Organized by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education and Community Engagement Dept.

For more information:

some photos from PSIcon

This was a great conference in so many ways.

Here are some SCBWI members who are also PSI members who made it to the conference. Leda Miller, Kim Kerr, Cheryl Johnson, me, and Nora Thompson.

and a few more.  Anne Trimble and Judi Emerick.

at the registration table.

There were a few more SCBWIers that made it and when I can get my hands on more photos, I will post them.