You must see the Tony DiTerlizzi show at the Norman Rockwell Museum, “Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi”. I had never heard of this artist before, but I am raving about it to all my guests!

illustration of green dragon surrounded by other cartoon characters including a green troll looking at man in black jacket painting at easel

I recently played tourist for a day and visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, which is just an easy 20 minute drive from my bed and breakfast, the Inn at Green River, in Hillsdale, New York.

I was unfamiliar with the work of this artist as I am not a reader of children’s books, nor a fan of Dungeons and Dragons. But I always find the Rockwell Museum’s shows of other major illustrators, along with their collection of the most famous illustrator of them all, Norman Rockwell, to be most interesting, and so wanted to see this one. I am so glad I did.

I was charmed by DiTerlizzi’s illustrations for children’s books such as “Ted” by Zena Sutherland, the sweet story of a young boy who has an imaginary friend named Ted, a large pink creature with a button for a navel, and long floppy ears.

black and white illustration of spider holding looking glass for fly dressed as woman with hat

I particularly enjoyed the illustrations for a book based on Mary Howitt’s 1829 poem, “The Spider and the Fly”. This¬†portion of the exhibit was in a separate darkened room all by itself. The illustrations are black and white and are a bit of an homage to Edward Gorey.

Artist DiTerlizzi discusses the influences on his work, ranging from Rockwell himself to Gorey, in a video interview which plays in the green room with its wonderful chandelier made of 2 dimensional DiTerlizzi creatures.

chandelier of rippled brown sticks with dangling cartoon creature cut outs

This exhibit of DiTerlizzi’s work runs through Memorial Day weekend, May 28, 2018, so don’t delay. I promise you will enjoy it as much as I did.

My location in the upper Hudson River Valley on the border of the Berkshires of Massachusetts offers easy access to a number of world class museums, including the Rockwell, the Clarke Art Institute and MassMoCA, so plan a museum getaway soon, and book your room at the Inn at Green River.

You’ll find even more ideas fun Berkshire adventures on our Things to Do in the Berkshires page.

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