NANCY CARPENTER. I see the woman in her long bright skirt with the man and the little girl." Double-page illustration from "Picnic in October (Rise and Shine)" by Eve Bunting (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999). Acrylic on paper. 241x610 mm; 9 1/2x24 inches, image. Signed and dated 1998 in image, lower left. Archivally matted and framed; publisher's label cornered to verso of framing back. Provenance: Collection of Robert and Alice Dornish. Exhibited: Reading Public Museum, November 2004; Kutztown University Sharadin Gallery, January 2005.
This image by Carpenter, is from from Bunting's children's book about an Italian-American immigrant family's annual journey to picnic at the base of the Statue of Liberty on her birthday. It shows them gazing upwards, marvelling at Lady Liberty from her base, while the cityscape of lower Manhattan, prominently featuring the Twin Towers, sets a bright and hopeful backdrop.