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Author: Irene Martin (Irene Martin)

Eugene Yelchin

Eugene Yelchin

The first culture shock the Russian-born artist Eugene Yelchin experienced in the United States was a classified page in the Boston Globe. Dozens of ads called for painters. Yelchin was thrilled. What an amazing country, he thought. He was a painter — he’d just had a solo museum show in Russia. Newly arrived to America, Yelchin sadly...

Gene Barretta

Gene Barretta

Gene is an author and illustrator of children’s books. His illustration and animation work also appears on Sesame Street and Between the Lions. In addition, he has designed characters for The Jim Henson Company. genebarretta.com

Marc Brown

Marc Brown

Marc Brown is best known as the author and illustrator of the wildly popular Arthur series. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, he grew up hearing stories from his grandma Thora and great grandmother. He found inspiration for many of the characters in Arthur’s world from his own life including his third-grade class at Lakewood School and...

Lynne Avril

Lynne Avril

Lynne Avril grew up in Montana and got her art degree from the University of Montana. She has lived in Arizona, though, for the last 30 years. She has illustrated over 80 books for children, and when she’s not drawing or painting, she plays bass in local Phoenix blues bands. Mazza Museum owns over 400...

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