Norman Rockwell Museum presents the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Experience Rockwell’s art, life and legacy in the artist’s picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires.

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"Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit (God Bless Us Everyone)," Norman Rockwell, 1934. Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” December 8, 1923. Oil on canvas. Private collection. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.

Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens!

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates the 200th birthday of Rockwell’s literary hero, Charles Dickens. Throughout his life, Norman Rockwell would cite the influence of Dickens on his art. Not only did the author provide a lexicon of human experience and personality types for Rockwell to explore, he also inspired the artist’s portrayal of Dickensian characters throughout his career.

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Artwork by Elwood Smith. ©Elwood Smith. All rights reserved.

Q&A with Top Illustrator Elwood Smith

February 2011 Roll magazine interview with Elwood H. Smith:

In the field of illustration this guy is a rock star, with his work featured regularly in Time, Newsweek, Forbes, New York Magazine… His signature style has enhanced the advertising campaigns of Sony, GE Cellular One, Blue Shield/BlueCross of Texas, Pizza Hut… as well as numerous children’s books. He’s even played guitar, written songs, and made records with local guitar hero John Platania (Van Morrison). But you can be forgiven if you’ve not heard of Elwood H. Smith. More often than not great illustrators don’t quite get the publicity that great cartoonists and comic artists do. And those folks don’t get a heck of a lot as it is…

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Berkshire Visitor’s Bureau Free Print Coupon

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Artwork by Everett Raymond Kinstler, 2011. Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist. ©Everett Raymond Kinstler. All rights reserved.

Exhibition Opening Event: Everett Raymond Kinstler, Pulps to Portraits

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 5 to 7 p.m.

Join us for a special evening with Everett Raymond Kinstler, the prominent American portraitist who began his career as a comic book artist and illustrator working for the popular publications of his day. Reception will follow with refreshments and a cash bar. $20, members free. RSVP 413.931.2221, or email rsvp@nrm.org

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"Juvenile Cowboy" (detail), Norman Rockwell, 1960 Advertisement illustration for The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., 1960. Pencil on paper. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©NRELC: Niles, IL.

Dog’s Life! Dogs & Their Friends Day

Saturday, August 6, 11 to 3 p.m.

Celebrate the “dog days of summer” and the new exhibition It’s a Dog’s Life: Norman Rockwell Paints Man’s Best Friend. Featured guests include: Scooby Doo, Eric Letendre from Bay State Dog Training, who will share tricks of the trade; puppeteer Roy Drew; the United States Post Office; the Good Dog Foundation; and Berkshire Humane Society, with lovable canines in tow. Bring along your own dog, and join us for a costume parade, art activities, or a photo with your pooch! Free with Museum admission. Sponsored in part by Time Warner Cable.

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