Norwich Bulletin, April 5, 2005

Profile of a Newsmaker: Work of Brooklyn artist is selected

In the news:  Artist Normand Chartier of Brooklyn recently had one of his watercolor paintings selected for a traveling exhibition "This Land Is Our Land," which uses original children's book art presenting themes about the United States. The show opens in mid-October in Washington, D.C.

Background:  Chartier is a watercolorist and illustrator. His paintings have won numerous awards. As an illustrator, he specializes in children's art. He has illustrated for more than 70 children's books. He contributes regularly to children's periodicals, such as "Lady Bug," "Spider" and "Sesame Street" magazines. In 1999, he was one of 43 of America's most distinguished contemporary children's book illustrators chosen to contribute to "TIKVAH," a collaborative reflection on human rights for children aimed at an adult audience. A 96-page book titled "My Maine, the Coastal Watercolors of Normand Chartier" will be published in the fall by Down East Books of Camden, Maine.

Traveling piece:  Chartier's piece for "This Land Is Our Land" came from a two-page spread he did for Jodi Icenoggle's book "Til the Cows Come Home." It shows a cowboy on horseback in the foreground of a snowy, early winter panorama. Another cowboy is pushing cows to the river and a ranch with a mountain range behind recedes into the distance.

Quotable:  "I felt very honored and flattered," Chartier said of being selected. "I've won many nice awards before, but this is the first time for a touring international show meant to spread good will and showcase the variety of folksiness that is America. I am also always pleasantly surprised when my art is included with others who I consider the best in the business."

-- David Pencek