National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature - Abilene

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Hosts Art Auction as Fundraiser
By Janis Test, Abilene Public Library, Information Services Manager

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) turns 10-years old in February 2007. What started as an idea generated from a book written by William Joyce called Santa Calls “about kids living in Abilene, Texas” has grown into a national phenomenon.
The NCCIL started out as a quaint and entrepreneurial idea. We are proud that it has grown in the way that it has. It has firmly established itself as a treasure in the world of children’s illustrated literature -- both here in Abilene and nationally,” said Gary McCaleb, former mayor of Abilene and NCCIL board member.
To celebrate this landmark event, the NCCIL is hosting a black tie gala on February 3 in Abilene plus is hosting an art auction of original works from the various illustrators who have exhibited there over the years. Sue McKeon, Executive Director said “This art auction is a unique way to showcase the incredible array of talent the NCCIL has exhibited in its 10- year history. And, it’s a great way for us to raise funds through the sale of the pieces. It’s also quite an opportunity for someone to actually own a piece of work from these beloved artists.”
NCCIL is working with cMarket, “a Boston-based firm who specializes in hosting online auctions for non-profit organizations.” We are so thrilled to be able to tap into the expertise of the cMarket team. Their experience in doing this has helped us open up our auction opportunity
outside the Abilene community,” McKeon reported. The NCCIL art auction will be live online from January 18, 2007 through February 24, 2007 at www.nccil.cmarket.com. All funds raised will be used to support the NCCIL’s work moving forward. The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature enhances visual and verbal literacy by celebrating the best original art published in children’s literature. It is located in downtown Abilene as part of the cultural arts community in West Texas.
The NCCIL (read Nickel) has hosted a wide ranging list of artists and styles over the past 10 years, both in their small permanent collection and in their nationally traveling exhibits, which spend most of their lives on the road. Some Texas links include the work “Alamosaurus” by Bernard Most in the museum’s permanent collection, a watercolor painting of longhorns by Ted Lewin in the auction, and a retired exhibit titled “Journeys” featuring illustrations by Abilene native Diane Stanley. And of course, "Childhood's Great Adventure," a bronze statue by Rick Jackson, celebrates the story of three fictional Abilene children featured in the book Santa Calls, by William Joyce.
For more information: Contact:
NCCIL - Suzanne McKeon, Executive Director / 102 Cedar Street Abilene, TX 79606
Email: smckeon@nccil.org Ph: 325.437.5486 Fax: 325. 673.0085 Website: http://www.nccil.org/

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