Monday, January 21, 2013

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

"I Give Thee Love" © 1968 by Tomie dePaola

Betsy from California sent an envelope to Tomie, in 2007, with a letter and two photocopies. We only recently came across the envelope.

Betsy had purchased a hand-colored lithograph and an etching in 1968 at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Novato, California, from a small group of Renaissance costumed artists. The lithograph and the etching were created by Tomie dePaola. She now wondered if they were created by THE Tomie dePaola.

Tomie went to the Faire with a group of artists - all print makers. Tomie was attending California College of Arts and Crafts and teaching at San Francisco College for Women/Lone Mountain College. The group had made prints and sold them at the Faire. They even created artwork at the Faire.

Betsy remembered buying Tomie's works from a very tall man. Tomie said that one of the guys in his group was indeed tall.

This Faire was one of the first Renaissance fairs.

It's a wonderful story to hear from 45 years ago.