Chris Cheng, David Diaz and Tomie saw each other in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt in New York City earlier today. They are at the Hyatt for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference.
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.
Tommy is a student at Chaparral Elementary in Ladera Ranch, CA.
"Dear Tomie De pola, I think you are a great writer for many reasons. First, you are funny. Like when Big Anthony has to blow 3 kisses to stop the pasta pot. Also how he dresses up like a girl. Next, It gives a message to the reader. When Big Anthony dresses up like a girl it tells me to be my self. One other message is don't touch stuff that's not your like a pasta pot. Those are my reasons you are a great writer."
Brenda Martin won a visit to Tomie dePaola's house through a raffle at the Concord Museum (Concord, MA) in December, 2011. She, and her chosen guests, visited on January 14, 2012. Brenda, her daughters and friend sent a framed collection of photographs after the visit as a remembrance.
Starting at the Upper Left and then going Clockwise: Photo, left to right, of Victoria Martin, Tomie, Brenda Martin, Caroline Martin, Sharon Kennelly. Wooden Blocks from childhood, and featured in NOW ONE FOOT, NOW THE OTHER. Tomie designed a round stained glass window in the Mercer Room, and this is what happens when the sun shines through it. Close-up of Christmas tree. Stained glass white bird by fan Kate Nelson (last known address was in California) who gave Tomie many stained glass pieces. Mexican folk art. Christmas tree. Center photo is of the gnu that Tomie painted. The gnu's current location is near the New London Inn.
Brenda was born in England, so Brenda and Tomie continue to chat about all things British, such as, "Downton Abbey" and "Call the Midwife."
Tomie with E.B. Lewis after Tomie received the Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on October 25, 2012.
Tomie said that E.B. Lewis told him that he started wearing scarves after seeing Tomie wearing scarves at SCBWI conferences. When E.B. Lewis went to Paris, he noticed all of the men also wearing scarves.
Nancy Paulsen, left, and Cecilia Yung, right, are standing with Tomie (BONJOUR, MR. SATIE artwork hanging above them) at the Original Art show at the Society of Illustrators on October 25, 2012 in New York City. Tomie received the Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award at this event.
Nancy is Tomie's editor with Nancy Paulsen Books. Cecilia is Art Director for Nancy Paulsen Books and G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.
Many years ago, there was a store in Tomie's hometown of Meriden, Connecticut, called New England House of Collectibles/Three Cheers. It was a huge store.
When Tomie visited the store for the first time for an autographing, he was greeted by an enormous crowd. The autographing lasted nearly four hours. Friends from childhood would approach the autographing table and ask, "Do you know who I am?" His childhood dancing school teacher, Miss Leah, was in line, and tap danced with Tomie. It was a funny day... exhausting, but funny.
(The following day Tomie autographed pre-sold books for another four hours.)
At the end of the "live" autographing, as we were leaving the store, a young, tall and rather large girl at the cash register bellowed, "I don't know what you got, Tom, but you still got it!"
We've repeated that line many times since that autographing. A few minutes ago, we used a variation of that line, and received a great audience reaction. That is, we both laughed.
Countdown to "Downton Abbey," Season Three Premiere, 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, PBS, TONIGHT. Tomie is already prepared. His chair is in place. The channel has been changed. The volume is perfect. Sub-titles are on (who can understand those English?). His Union Jack jammies are laid out as are his Union Jack cap, slippers and flag. Reserved English excitement mounts.
Roland Coignard, French sculptor, created this Madonna and Child. It was hand carved from oak, and then polychromed. His wife and son Benoit were the models. Tomie met Roland Coignard in 1959 in Paris. Roland Coignard did work for M. Cheret L'Atelier, the studio owned by Tomie's ex-father-in-law.