Wendell Minor, illustration for "The Magical Christmas Horse," 2011

Wendell Minor, illustration for “The Magical Christmas Horse” by Mary Higgins Clark, 2011. ©Wendell Minor. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, April 18, 2014—In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Wendell Minor’s America,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon with author Mary Higgins Clark and illustrator Wendell Minor on Saturday, May 10, starting at 1 p.m. Ms. Higgins Clark and Mr. Minor will talk about their long-running friendship and collaboration on two illustrated children’s books: “The Magical Christmas Horse” and “Ghost Ship.” A book signing will follow the conversation, featuring the two picture books and Higgins Clark’s newly released novel, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” which recently hit #1 on the bestselling book list for fiction.  The event is free with regular Museum admission.

Mary Higgins Clark is an international and “New York Times” bestselling author, who has written 33 suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, “Mount Vernon Love Story;” two children’s books (illustrated by artist Wendell Minor); and a memoir, “Kitchen Privileges.” She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five holiday suspense novels. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone. For more information, visit: www.maryhigginsclark.com

Wendell Minor’s America

On view through May 26, 2014

Celebrate the four-decade career of award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor, one of our nation’s premier historical illustrators. Minor drew his way through childhood in Aurora, Illinois, inspired by the richly illustrated magazines that were so much a part of American life during the mid-twentieth century; today he travels throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand. This retrospective looks at the many cover illustrations Minor has created over the years, as well as his 25th anniversary illustrating children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world.

“Wendell Minor’s America” traces the personal and artistic journey of the acclaimed book illustrator and admirer of Norman Rockwell, through original artwork, artifacts, and references from Minor’s expansive visual chronicles, as well as commentary about his collaborations with our nation’s most prominent authors, scientists, and historians; highlights include original work from such books as “Shaker Hearts” by Ann Turner; “Reaching for the Moon” and “Look to the Stars” by Buzz Aldrin; “Abraham Lincoln Comes Home” by Robert Burleigh; “Arctic Son” by Jean Craighead George; “Shane” by Jack Schafer; and “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates.