Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Every Picture Tells a Story

I was out and about shopping on beautiful Montana Avenue in Santa Monica {California} yesterday and came across the most delightful art gallery specializing in the art of illustration called Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery. It carries original artwork from some of our most loved childhood stories. I was totally in heaven since they have priceless originals, numbered prints and classic artwork from Disney, Charles Schulz, Dr. Seuss, Tim Burton and more!

'Very Hungry Caterpillar' 40th Anniversary Print signed by Eric Carle {right}

One of my favourite stories when I was a kid {and yours too, I'm sure since it's sold something like 29 MILLION copies} was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The Every Picture Tells a Story Gallery is the only gallery with the “40th Anniversary Very Hungry Caterpillar” giclee print, in a limited edition to 200 honouring the classic...and each print is personally signed and numbered by Eric Carle himself...Yay! They told me that only 100 prints remain and priced at only $450, I'm sure they won't last. I'm in discussions now with the hubs as to whether we can get one. The image is just too cute for words and I just have to have one to add to my slowly growing art collection. :)

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Below are just some of the other limited edition signed and numbered prints I loved that were available at the gallery. Celebrities and fellow art collectors alike are sure to grab these quickly. In fact, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz bought this $5,300 extremely limited 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Print by Tim Burton for their gothic nursery when they were getting ready for baby Bronx to arrive...How sweet!

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'Nightmare Before Christmas' Print signed by Tim Burton

'Counting the Days' Harry Potter Print signed by Mary GrandPre

'Bad Case of Stripes' and 'Settle Down!' Prints signed by David Shannon

'Sandman' & 'Mad Hatter's Table' Prints signed by Lisbeth Zwerger

'Vroom-Vroom' & 'Leonardo' Prints signed by Mo Willems

'Terrific' Print & Charlotte's Web Cover Art Lithograph by Garth Williams

Clockwise, R to L:'Three Cats' 'Cat Reads' 'They Call Him Pat' & 'Horton' Original Sketches by Dr. Seuss

Clockwise, R to L: 'Snow White Study3' 'Snow White Study' 'On Ice' & 'Snow White Witch2' Original Production Art from the 30s by Walt Disney

Renowned authors and artists like Eric Carle, Jamie Lee Curtis, James A. Owen, David Shannon, and Cornelia Funke appear at the gallery on a monthly basis to demonstrate their craft or read from their latest best seller, so be sure to check it out. I just know you'll love it there as much as I did!

Every Picture Tells a Story Gallery

Address: 1311-C Montana Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90403

Phone: 310.451.2700



Petra said...

WOW! Some of these bring back many great memories! I LOVED The Very Hungry Caterpillar book when I was a child. I'm gonna go check out that gallery's web site now.
And, WHY didn't you invite me to go shopping with you??? I love Montana Avenue too and I haven't been there for at least a couple of months now. Next time, you and me and shopping, please! It's been tooooo long! :)

Mikiep said...

When I gROw uP I want to be able to dRAw lIKE these gUYS :)

jason said...

thats very interesting. i knew the 40th anniversary was like a month ago or something, i didnt know he did ltd ed prints for hungry caterpillar.

Kristy's Custom Creations said...

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a wonderful post!
I did a blog post on the Very Hungry Catepillar here: March 20. 2009 was the 40th anniversary of the release of this book.
You might also enjoy this blog I discovered along the way:

Iris said...

How sweet! Love Eric Carle! What a great find!

Nick Jones said...

These really do take you back. I remember when my mom used to read to me at bedtime. I'm going to be in the LA area next week. I'll go and check this place out. I'd love to have one of these prints.

sarihatma said...

always love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, really nice to hear review about it!

Bayu Probo said...

What a wonderful post!

jodie nicholson said...

I'm on the other side of the world...and yet, we share many of the same childhood favourites. I love that my nieces are old enough to appreciate them all now.
Great post, thanks.

Meekiyu said...

wow that is awesome... I remember those books and movies from way back... that's such a great idea! =D

SweetEmme said...

I definitely remember most of these and you've included some newer illustrations that are adorable too.
I didn't know that I could buy originals.

Mary Q. said...

After seeing this post, I stopped by their website. I love all the cuteness! I'm hoping to stop by the gallery soon to pick up something pretty for my daughter's room. Thanks so much for posting this. I wouldn't have known about them othherwise.