Kids & Families Activities – Prime Time Me!
December 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 30, 2022
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 30, 2022
Celebrate the holiday week with Eloise, the six-year-old who lives in the Plaza Hotel, drawn by illustrator and artist Hilary Knight.
Create your very own Passport, self-portrait sketch and imagine what your story could be. Your story needs a poster and costumes and props! Let’s design your show with colored paper cutouts, glue sticks and imagine your favorite, favorite, favorite character for an “I am ME! ME! ME!” photo-shoot.
The museum will celebrate with some “Room Service” with treats for all to enjoy.
The Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the opening weekend of the new exhibition Eloise & More: The Art of Hilary Knight with activities for children of all ages including story-time and artmaking, curator talks and more.
Hilary Knight has been creating art for 70 years. He is often known for his iconic illustrations of Eloise in the books by Kay Thompson — the indomitable six-year-old girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel with her dog, her turtle and an unstoppable sense of mischief.
In a broad retrospective, Eloise & More will pay homage with original art, manuscripts, sketches, photographs, music videos and more, including original illustrations from many other books and from Drawn from Life, an illustrated memoir.
The show will include work from his artistic parents, artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, and look back to Knight’s early years in the field, as he began to publishdrawings in 1952 in magazines such as Gourmet and Mademoiselle.
Two years later he met actress and singer Kay Thompson, and over the next few years they collaborated on four books about Eloise.
Since then, Knight has continued his career illustrating in a variety of fields. This retrospective looks back to Knight’s early advertising assignments, magazine illustrations, art for Broadway musicals, painted fashion designs, sketches and final work for books he has illustrated and written.
Following Thompson’s death in 1998, Knight has drawn and painted five more books involving Eloise, selections from which will be on view.
Much of the work in this show has rarely been seen, including trial Eloise drawings from Hilary Knight in 1954, previously unpublished drawings from Eloise in Paris and a once-stolen Eloise portrait from the Plaza Hotel.
Hilary Knight was born in Hempstead, Long Island and grew up in the town of Roslyn. When he was six the family moved to Manhattan where he has lived ever since. In the past twenty years he has maintained an apartment in the center of New York City which doubles as his studio and houses his collection of books, programs, and recordings of theatre and film music. His first published work appeared in Mademoiselle Magazine in 1952, followed by drawings in House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, and Gourmet magazines.
Mr. Knight has illustrated over fifty books, nine of which he also wrote. Besides books, his work has included note and greeting cards, children’s fashion advertisings, illustrations for Cricket magazine, record album covers and posters for the Broadway musicals Half A Sixpence, Hallelujah Baby!, No, No Nanette, Irene and more.
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Puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall with the comic story of how his family’s century-old Czech puppet theatre was created and how it came to America.
New Year’s Eve — The Eggmen and the BTUs
The Barn will bring in 2023 with The BTUs and The Eggmen Beatles Tribute band, three sets with a champagne toast.