A lover of art, Julia Fettes, 8, of Springfield, (right) also reads books with a flashlight under the comforter when she’s supposed to be sleeping — and writes her own books and movie scripts. Her favorite part of her visit to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst was hearing illustrator Jane Dyer in the reading library talk about her process of making art. No surprise there.
Eric Carle, famous for his colorful collage art (“The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” just one among dozens of works), and his wife, Bobbi, founded the museum after being inspired by book art museums in Japan. They thought of children’s book art as the introduction to art for young people and wanted to demonstrate “the beauty, seriousness, and the fun of it.”