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by Francesca Rusackas, Regional Advisor

Spring is always a time of energy and renewal. With that in mind, our wonderful Regional Illustrator Coordinator, Gina Capaldi, is coming up with plenty of opportunities for illustrators (and writers) to improve their skills and make connections.

Our 2015, exhibition, Imagine! The Art of Children’s Books Illustration, was a huge success and Gina is already at work on plans for 2017!

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The door

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Bird’s eye view

Gina is a dedicated SCBWI volunteer and in that capacity she wears many hats. As a local meet up coordinator she offers meetings at the dA Center for the Arts, 252 S Main Street in Pomona. In March the topic of discussion was First Pages. Attendees brought manuscripts and/or illustrations to share. The emphasis was on the “First Page” and included reading and critiquing each other’s work. Check our website for further details at socal.scbwi.org.

Gina and meet up coordinator, Cliff Cramp, are planning a gallery show from July 9 through the 23rd at the dA to showcase our local illustrators who attend the meetings. Once the groundwork has been laid the shows will take place regularly either quarterly or twice a year. They will be promoted on the SCBWI regional website; postcards will be produced and sent to Art Directors and Editors.

Future plans include a seminar on digital art and marketing at California State University, Fullerton. Cliff Cramp will present demos and John Dadlez will present a workshop on metafile, blogging to reach an audience, and more.

And while you’re filling in your calendar with all the great upcoming events, don’t forget that our 2016 Spring Retreat will take place at the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa from May 20-22.

Anna Roberto

Anna Roberto

We’ve had a change in our speaker program. Deirdre Jones of Little Brown won’t be able to make it, but the delightful Anna Roberto of Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will be joining us.

Anna works on everything from picture books to young adult novels. She edited the #1 New York Times bestseller Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato, Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton, Little Bird’s Bad Word by Jacob Grant, the upcoming How to Find a Fox by Nilah Magruder, and Flawed by Cecelia Ahern—to name a few.

Happy Spring!