PenguinArt by Kate Garchinsky

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Upcoming Events
4/28 Philadelphia Science Festival Book Reading
  • What: Star Party Storytime at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
  • When: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
  • Where: Visitor Center, USFWS John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
    8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, 19153 MAP
  • Why: Come to storytime for a special nighttime reading of The Secret Life of the Red Fox by illustrator Kate Garchinsky. Join the biggest stargazing party in the region as area astronomers provide tours of the night sky that will unlock the wonders of the universe.
  • How much? FREE
  • Bring: Flashlights, bug spray, walking shoes, and kids… wear your PJs!
4/29 Book Reading and Nature Walk
  • What: Storytime and Local Nature Walk
  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10am-12pm
  • Where: Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 MAP
  • Why: Join local children’s author Anna Forrester (Bat Count) and illustrator Kate Garchinsky (The Secret Life of the Red Fox) for a special Earth Week storytime featuring local wildlife stories, followed by a nature walk in Carpenter’s Woods a few blocks away.
  • How much? FREE
  • Bring: walking shoes, and binoculars if you have them
5/12 Willistown Junior Birding Club Book Event
  • What: The Secret Life of the Red Fox Book Signing and Art Workshop
  • When: Friday, May 12, 2017 4:30-6:30pm
  • Where: Rushton Woods Preserve, 911 Rushton Woods Preserve, Delchester Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19355 MAP
  • Why: This charming children’s book gives a beautifully illustrated look into the lives of foxes. Illustrator, Kate Garchinsky, will give a drawing lesson at RWP, all kids will receive a signed copy of the book (to be included in registration fee). Must pre-register by April 28th with Blake Goll 610-353-2562, ext.20 or Or use the SignUp Genius website
  • How Much? FEE (info coming soon)
  • What’s the Junior Birding Club? Club Membership is $25/family for the year. Non-members pay on a per-program basis ($5 per child).

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My first copy!

Please share! My The Secret Life of the Red Fox is being released tomorrow, and we’ve started celebrating. Join the virtual party! I’m putting together a few storytime/nature walk combo events in the coming weeks, with details coming soon.

If you’d like to host a brick-and-mortar book signing/nature/art event, or can recommend a bookstore or nature center for such a shindig, please email me: KateGarchinsky @

And please, pass it on!


Sharing my nature journal at the bird banding station at Rushton Woods, PA

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Tonight I’m giving a short presentation about Passenger Pigeons and their demise at Nerd Nite Philadelphia. It’s a great lineup, so if you’re not into dead pigeons, but like dogs or other food, there will be something for you! Plus beer, wine, and bratwurst.

Get all the info at the event FACEBOOK PAGE. I go on first, so don’t be late, friends!

Amiiiieeeee! Amieeeeeeee!

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And I have lots of stories to share. Where to begin?

The Pocono Mountain Retreat on the Shawnee was something special indeed. I made friends, received expert feedback, made bird sounds by the river, saw a golden eagle by the river, painted en plein air while rocking on the porch, and danced like a carefree idiot child.

I learned new techniques for time management from Laurie Halse Anderson, begged for (and received) a pretend portfolio deadline from Laurent Linn, waged a silent auction bidding war with Carter Hasegawa, and talked crayons, clients, mountains and skiing with Amy June Bates.

The weekend ended with a moving keynote address by Kay Winters, which drew tears of love and inspiration from my tired and bleary eyes. Between now and next year I plan (plan!) to be in a more comfortable spot financially so that I can attend this special conference again on my own, without the generous scholarship—so that someone else may benefit and grow from the experience, as I have.

Special thanks to Francesca Amendolia, Adrienne Wright, and Marilyn Hershey for designing and coordinating this out-of-this-world event, donating their time, sweat, and tears for the cause (triple sweat from Francesca, the dancing queen!).

Stay tuned for my upcoming personal accounts of what it’s like to care for baby wild birds, and how not to chase an injured black vulture through a field of cow pies. True story.

*cue hillbilly banjo music*

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April 1-30, 2011
“Water” Juried Show
Newark Arts Alliance
Newark, Delaware
Entry: White Clay Creek Snow Melt

March 4-5, 2011
NOMAD Artists First Friday
Artspace Lansdowne
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Sold: Dead Bird I: Juvenile Cardinal (Window Collision)

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Owl Flush by Kate Garchinsky

Now that my heron painting has sold for Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research (thank you, Coral and Cadie!), I can start blabbing about The Art of Giving exhibit (November 6, B Square Gallery, Philadelphia). My painting, “Owl Dream,” will be on display alongside a few dozen other original pieces of art to raise funds and awareness for Philabundance. Read more at (no name) Art Group’s website, Facebook, or Philabundance’s site. If you plan to attend the opening, please be sure to let me know! There will be wine…

Also, I’ve added new samples to my Design page, and created a folio specifically for Products I’ve designed and developed. This replaces the “Side Projects” page I originally had in its place. I’ll keep posting about my side projects here on my blog. Tidier and simpler.

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“Stage invasions aren’t supposed to be this cute. As sprightly folk-popsters The Leisure Society launch into their second number, a two-year-old wobbles up to the front of the stage, making it to the edge before he’s whisked off by his mother to a murmur of aahs.”

James Medd of Word interviewed SMTS co-producer and art director Kate Garchinsky and attended the show on May 15 with his two sons. Read his account of the festivities, and learn more about the Kindie movement in children’s music.

PDF: SingMeToSleep_Word0710

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You would think from the lack of activity on my own website that I’ve been lying around in my pajamas, daydreaming to sweet tunes, doodling and enjoying tea and crimpets.

That, my friends, is precisely what I’ve been doing.

(Ok well, sort of.)

My big fat project of 2009-2010 has been a CD of lullabies for children and music-appreciating not-so-grown-ups. Once a figment of an idea itching my brain, now full-blown reality, for the past 16 months “indie lullabies” have been my life. On May 15 The Line of Best Fit, Arctic Circle and American Laundromat Records celebrated the album’s release in London at a hugely successful Daylight Pyjama Party at Union Chapel with The Leisure Society and The Real Tuesday Weld performing. The event was covered in Word mag, and scores of blogs have made favorable mention of the album over the past 3 months.

Video Footage:

The Leisure Society: Inchworm at Union Chapel

Nine songs from the CD are now being played on rotation on Starbucks radio in locations spanning the globe. Kind of mind-boggling—when in London one cannot turn a corner without spotting a Starbucks. Scary, really. But anyway… I’m pretty proud of it. Can you tell?

The fantastic part about all this is that the CD is a charity album, and all sales go to a great cause. The Valerie Fund has been supporting the comprehensive treatment of children with cancer and blood disorders for over 30 years. But as a small, independent non-profit, the fund operates on a skeleton staff with fully tapped, limited resources. Non-profits such as these struggle in the same way small businesses do during times of recession, and their work is insurmountably important. The last charity compilation American Laundromat Records produced has raised over $30,000 for Casting for Recovery, and I hope that we will, at the very least, quadruple that success with “Sing Me to Sleep” and help The Valerie Fund thrive rather than survive. Each year thousands of children and their families rely on their support and care in specialty centers in hospitals across densely populated New York and New Jersey.

There’s tons more info I would love to share with you now, but I have to go return some shoes, deposit a check, and pack my bags for the weekend because Sunday is the BIG DAY, Release Party the Second, at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Come, bring your kids. Yes, even the screaming runny little ones. The event is designed specifically to delight and engage ornery minds with beauty, art and music. Plus the face-painter is one of the best in the city, and you know I am all over that.

Once this event is through, it’s back to the creative board—I have plenty of new ideas itching my brains. More on that later.

Happy weekend.

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Author Denise Vega introduces her mentor, Julie Anne Peters

Author Denise Vega introduces her mentor, Julie Anne Peters

This past Saturday and Sunday I attended the RMC-SCBWI Conference at the Sheraton in Lakewood, Colorado. In attendance were a couple hundred writers and illustrators, and industry experts who gave presentations, demos and critiques to the published and to the aspiring. Rather than spread myself thin, I decided to focus on three of the presenters whose work and expertise were of particular interest to me.

Allyn Johnston, publisher of Simon & Schuster’s new imprint, Beach Lane Books, gave an excellent tandem presentation with writer/illustrator Marla Frazee. “Let’s Start at the Beginning—with the Ending!” emphasized the infusion of raw emotion within the core of a storybook—especially on the last page. I found this discussion particularly fascinating and helpful, as Allyn shared her emotion-squeezing techniques, using some of Marla’s books for examples. “But what are you reeeeally trying to say?” It’s a good question. “Ok, but what are you reeeeeeeeeeally trying to say?” Even tougher. Later I sat next to Marla during lunch, where I picked her brain a bit on successful illustration portfolios.

Another highlight of the conference was James Gurney’s plein air discussion. Mr. Gurney exposed all his secrets for painting onsite, whether it be legal (as in a paintout situation) or not so much (such as in a fine art gallery). Later in the evening I jumped at the chance to sit with him at the dinner buffet, where we discussed the similarities between birds and dinosaurs, extreme plein air painting and his February appearance at the Delaware Art Museum. I snapped a few shots while he personalized a book for one of our tablemates.

James Gurney personalizes a copy of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

James Gurney personalizes a copy of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

A T-Rex mowing the lawn.

A T-Rex mowing the lawn.

Sunday was a shorter day and included a class on public speaking, an expert panel Q&A, and a sort of shotgun critque session with Allyn and Marla. The two were asked to comment on images flashed on a projector screen for one minute a piece, which proved to be quite the challenge (pressure!). Three of my illustrations made it up on the screen, and the commentary for each was positive (thank you!).

I believe the most important bit of wisdom I pulled from the entire weekend was this: Write.