Lunch Time!

Yesterday, I and my friend, Cindy, took a short ride out to the Northampton area for some lunch and schmoozing with the wonderful author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Way back in the winter, Jarrett held an auction of many wonderful items, all benefitting the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships at Worcester Art Museum, named after Jarret's grandparents. All the proceeds fund art lessons for kids who could not otherwise afford them.  Here's a link to Jarrett explaining the basis for the scholarship.

What better way to get great schwag and give to such an important cause. Well I bid on a few items, some artwork and the big one, lunch with Jarrett in his studio. Needless to say, I was outbid on all, but felt great knowing at least I helped to raise the bids and the dollar amounts given to the scholarship fund. Shortly thereafter, I received an email that since the bidding was close, if I wanted to match the winning bid, I too could come to lunch. Well that was a no-brainer, I was in. My mother taught me it's fun to drive around at night cause you can really see what people's houses look like with the lights on! Well my curiosity sort of makes me a stalker...what's more fun that to go see where the Lunch Lady was born? We wanted to hold off til Spring due to a lot of family obligations and travel.

Yesterday was the big day. We showed up to the raucous barking of Ralph Macchio, whom was put away while we parked the car. Jarrett warmly welcomed us to his studio and we had a wonderful lunch of assorted sandwiches and mac n' cheese (not much tops that) and of course we had them on melamine style lunch trays with all the cutouts for food! Super fun!

Jarrett was superbly gracious as Cindy and I talked to him about all the nuances of the publishing world and he kindly shared how he started out, how nerve wracking it can be, and how fun it can be as well. He also gave good advice for us newbies to the business and shared process, which I love as well. It was also great to see the process all over the place, on the tables, walls, paint covered work spaces and toys and trinkets all over the place. I feel much better about my studio's own moving mass of floor fodder that just meanders to different spots.

We then stopped by for a little more inspiration at the Richard Michelson gallery. Cindy and I had never been and it was great to see all those originals and prints of many of the artists we look up to.

All in all it was a wondrously inspiring day and I want to give a great big thanks to Jarrett for the opportunity!

Oh and here are links to Jarrett's pages....


  1. Wow. What a great opportunity! And what a great scholarship program Jarrett is running.

    1. It is a wonderful scholarship!!!! Jarrett rocks!!!

  2. Wow! Brook sounds like you and Cindy had a great time.
    Let's meet up for Coffee soon.


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