I am counting down the days until July 1st, when the “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)” touring exhibit opens at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. I grew up reading and re-reading Maira Kalman‘s children books, especially Hey Willy, See the Pyramids and Stay Up Late. Now, in my adult life (if I can admit to myself that I am an adult), I am just as fervent an admirer of her work as I was at age four. Kalman is a brilliant observer and artist, a real inspiration.
If you happen to be in San Francisco, do visit her upcoming exhibit. And if not, at least visit her website and her NY Times blog, “And the Pursuit of Happiness.” Here’s Kalman’s portrait of herself and her dog Pete: