In February, Kalman published “And the Pursuit of Happiness: In Love with A. Lincoln
” (above) for her NYTimes.com
blog — becoming in her own way a rival to Mary Todd Lincoln. The verdant Chesterwood, nestled in this Berkshires, was perfect for sharing her passion for Abe with others. The illustrated “reading” was wonderful, and the grounds and buildings (studio below bottom) sublime.
If you are ever in the area, a visit to the home, studio, gardens and sculpture park is well worth the admission price of $15. Only a few short miles away is The Nornan Rockwell Museum, which regularly hosts events devoted to the art of illustration.
And don’t forget to read Kalman’s warm and witty visual essays about other founding fathers (and mothers) and characters here