Brunswick company to reproduce Robert McCloskey watercolors from books such as ‘Blueberries for Sal’

Posted March 12, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.

You’ve probably made room for “Make Way for Ducklings” on your bookshelf at home. Now you can make way for prints, paper, posters, notecards and flipbooks featuring the illustrations of Robert McCloskey.

Maine Arts Publishing in Brunswick has entered a partnership with McCloskey’s estate to reproduce images from classics such as “Blueberries for Sal,” “Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man,” and “One Morning in Maine.”

The watercolorist who lived on Deer Isle until his death in 2003, conjures up the feeling of childhood and sense of wonder in pastel detail. Besides the Boston-based “Make Way for Ducklings,” many of his books capture life on Maine’s coast.

The new product line, featuring images from the 1950s through 70s, will be introduced at the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show in Portland this weekend.

“We are ecstatic to have this opportunity to work with the McCloskey family,” said Dede Wilder, lead designer and co-founder of Maine Arts Publishing, in a press release.

“Not only is it an honor to work with Robert McCloskey’s images as a graphic designer, but to be part of a project that will bring his work to another generation of young people in new graphic forms beyond his traditional books.”

New England Made is a juried event featuring more than 250 locally made product and runs Saturday through Monday at Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren Ave., in Portland.

 

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