|with my sister, Karen|
|my sister, husband Sean Qualls and mom make a toast|
|with Marcos Chin, who's work is also on exhibit at the BPL|
|with Taeeun Yoo, Lauren Castillo and Jeanine Henderson|
|with friends, family and my agent Rebecca Sherman (aka 'the Sherminator')|
|with BPL staffers|
The opening was awesome. I was touched that my mother and sister flew here from my birthplace, Vancouver, Canada, to attend the festivities. It was wonderful being surrounded by so many of my friends and colleagues, as well as my beloved husband, Sean Qualls, all of whom have helped me in my journey to becoming an author/illustrator. After a few glasses of wine, in a rare unscripted moment, I referred to my agent, Rebecca Sherman, affectionately as 'The Sherminator'.
I dedicated the exhibit to my late father, Henri Alko, who was responsible for teaching me how to paint and exposing me to beautiful things at an early age. I think I actually felt his spirit at the opening night beaming with pride.
Hope you get a chance to see the exhibition. It is in the Youth Wing of the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library through December 1, 2012.