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Holiday Bazaar 2017

by abby on November 15, 2017 | Comment

children's art
{Our colorful booth!}

Happy November!
I’m getting into the holiday spirit already. I got a little help from hosting this year’s Friendsgiving for our close group of friends. Nothing like a gathering people you love around a table with good food to put yourself in the right state of mind.

And now there’s more holiday happenings coming this weekend—it’s the annual HOLIDAY BAZAAR at the Rochester Museum & Science Center! AbbyDora Design will have a booth on the Mezzanine level (606 on the map).

    Here are the details:
    FRI NOV 17 5-9pm
    SAT NOV 18 9:30-5pm
    SUN NOV 19 11-4pm

Our table will be filled to capacity with as much color as we can fit! There will be framed and panel original art, matted fine art prints of all sizes, unique holiday cards, and many other paper goodies, too!

OH! And when you stop by, ask me about the new artwork I’m creating on right now. And maybe, just maybe I’ll share a sneak peak with you.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Anniversary and News

by abby on September 7, 2017 | Comment

number 8 with paint tubes

September is starting off with a bang of confetti. My company just celebrated our 8th anniversary! (check out my happy dance on Instagram). I can’t quite believe it’s been that long, but time flies when you are doing something you love, right?! My heart is full and I want to say thank you to all who has supported me and AbbyDora Design over the years. Here’s to a great 8th year!

I also wanted tell you that this year AbbyDora Design will not be at Rochester’s Clothesline Festival. It’s a little painful, but after 3 years in a row, we needed a break. But don’t be too sad, because we will be showing at November’s Holiday Bazaar at Rochester’s Science Museum. I’ll be sharing the details and maybe even a sneak peak of new art closer to November.

RIT Spring Craft Fair

by abby on March 30, 2017 | Comment

Can you sing the song about these frogs?

I wanted to let you know that I’ll be at RIT’s Spring Craft Fair this Friday March 31st from 9-4pm.

We’ll be celebrating Spring with all sorts of Spring-themed artwork. Like what you ask? Speckled Frogs and Yellow Ducks!

children's art print

Baby Animals!
children's art by Abby Dening

Mother and baby giraffe with alphabet

And there will be many more pieces too, but you’re going to have to come by our table on Friday or visit our Shop.

Art Heals

by abby on November 15, 2016 | Comment
Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Art heals the troubled soul. That’s what I’ve been saying lately. And this week, I’m focusing on preparing for my first holiday show of 2016, the HOLIDAY BAZAAR at the Rochester Science Center and Museum, so I can help make the world a more beautiful and loving place.


Holiday Bazaar table for AbbyDora Design

The practice run of our display table.

Our display table will be jam packed with artwork to make you and your child or grand child smile. I promise! Interested in attending this show and support local upstate artists? Here are the details:

2016 Holiday Bazaar

FRI November 18th 5pm-9pm
SAT November 19th 9:30am-5pm
SUN November 2oth 11am-4pm

Rochester Museum & Science Center
AbbyDora Design’s Table
Main building (bldg #1)  in Space #606, on the Mezzanine
(use the back stairs to reach the mezzanine level)

children's print sale

OH OH OH! There’s more! It’s time for me to clear out space in my studio, so this weekend I will be offering special SALES on select prints and original art! The earlier you arrive the more you are going to save! Oh yeah.



Big Thanks!

by abby on September 14, 2016 | Comment

photo of AbbyDora Design booth at Clothesline Festival in Rochester

Wow—what a great weekend!
Thank you to all who came to the AbbyDora Design booth. I enjoyed meeting everyone. There were so many wonderful stories shared with me last weekend about where my artwork is located and enjoyed.

I’m honored to know that my art is in:
teacher and administrator’s offices
children’s bedrooms
children’s bathrooms (you know those whales, ducks, and frogs need their water!)

It’s just amazing. I’m fulfilling my job by spreading joy and color!

Clothesline 2016 is Coming

by abby on August 29, 2016 | Comment

Memorial Art Gallery art show postcard

Hi all!
I’m happy to announce that this year I’ll be back at the Memorial Art Gallery’s art show, CLOTHESLINE FESTIVAL! I know I’m not the only one who’s hoping for beautiful sunny skies and warm weather for the art-packed weekend.

This 400+ artists art and fine craft show is taking place on September 10th 10-6pm and September 11th 10-5pm . There’s live music and local restaurants and food trucks, too. It’s a great time to transition into Fall and start your holiday shopping.

Our booth will be located in the same spot as last year:

(near the University Ave and Goodman Street entrance)

Keep your eyes open for our bright green and blue banner and a tent filled with colorful children’s art (originals and fine art prints) and paper goods for all ages.

children's art prints and note cards

I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!


My New Studio

by abby on May 16, 2016 | Comment

children's book designer's office with bookcases

Happy Spring to all! It’s been a busy last few months. D and I bought a house! (Eeeeeeee!)So our hands and minds have been very busy settling into our new home. I’ve also been creating a new studio.

This studio space wasn’t just going to be “good enough” or “yeah that’s OK”. NO! This one was going to to hit a few of my dream check list items. What items, you might say? Well, first colorful walls, then white bookcases that fill entire wall, and third let’s have a window seat to dream up big ideas. Check, check, check!

The renovation started with refinishing the wood floors, painting all the walls and built-in bookcases to brighten up the space. Yesterday afternoon, I finally found the time to empty out 15 boxes of books to fill my bookshelves with books: that I’ve designed, books I admire, and books that inspire. I also added in pieces of my own artwork and little touches of photos and collectibles that make me smile.

children's book designer's bookshelves

When everything was in it’s place and the boxes were are gone. I toasted the new space with a glass of champagne. Here’s to dreams coming true!

Merit Award Winner

by abby on September 15, 2015 | Comment

AbbyDora Design award winning art
{I’m all smiles!}

Phew! What a festival weekend! It was rainy both days, but as you can see I’m all smiles after it was announced that I won the MERIT AWARD at this year’s Clothesline Festival. This award is only given to 10 jury selected artists out of 400+ artists. The award honors not 1 piece in particular, but the quality and style of my artwork overall. I feel so honored to be a recipient!

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold damp weather and visited the AbbyDora Design booth. I enjoyed meeting you and sharing stories.

I will be showing at 1 more holiday festival in Rochester this Fall and I will have more information in the next month.


It’s THIS Weekend

by abby on September 8, 2015 | Comment

colorful art festival booth of children's art from Abby Dening

It’s this weekend! It’s this weekend!
Will you stop into the AbbyDora Desgin booth? I hope so!

It’s time for the CLOTHESLINE FESTIVAL on the lovely grounds of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery.

Here are the details:

2015 Clothesline Festival

SATURDAY Sept 12th 10am-6pm

SUNDAY Sept 13th 10am-5pm.

Our booth is located in ZONE B (on the pavement near Goodman Street)

We’re located in BOOTH SPOT 305.

children's art prints and note cards {Look for our brightly colored banner!}

I always love talking with folks who come into our booth. I’m excited to again have a booth packed with:

colorful children’s artwork

high-quality digital watercolor prints

greeting cards & card sets

illustrated children’s books by me

inspirational small prints


photo of blank page notebooks created by Abby Dening
{Our newest product}


These notebooks are just the right size for capturing thoughts on the go, journaling, sketching, and anything else you might want to put down on paper without a cumbersome large notepad.

There’s something for every age in our booth! (big smile).

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Golden Legacy is Filled With Color

by abby on January 9, 2015 | Comment

children's illustration art show at Memorial art gallery
{I’m all smiles at the Golden Legacy children’s illustration show!}

It’s a rare occurrence here in Rochester when an museum art show relates so directly to what I do and love. The opportunity wasn’t wasted! D and I ended the holiday season by seeing the exhibition: GOLDEN LEGACY, 65 years of Golden Books at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. It’s a show celebrating the artists who illustrated the hugely popular Little Golden Books series, created by Random House in the 1940’s. By mass producing these smaller picture books, Random House made buying children’s books more affordable and gave greater access to good quality stories and illustrations.

illustration from Little Boy with BIg Horn, 1950
{It was thrilling to see the actual pieces of artwork from the books}

D and I went to see the show on a Saturday afternoon and it was refreshing to see the museum humming with activity. Old and young were enjoying the picture book framed artwork! There were many moments of “OH, I remember this!” from myself and others around me. The museum had even set of reading nooks in several spots through the gallery where they placed a cozy love seat and a bookshelf with donated Little Golden Books. This show received over 600 donated books!

Sadly, photos were not allowed inside the exhibition. But let me tell you that the colors of the artwork were very vibrant and made me giddy! It was very interesting to notice that most of the illustrators used gouache and watercolor for their art (just like me).

Although I can’t show you photographs of the hanging art I can show you samples of work from a few of my favorite artists we saw by sharing pages from this book:

Everything I Need to Know I learned from a LIttle Golden BOok

D and I saw illustrations from Tibor Gergely and Mary Blair,

Mary Blair I can Fly
{Tibor Gergely left and Mary Blair right}

JP Miller and Aurelius Battaglia,

{JP Miller left and Battaglia right}

and finally we saw a illustrations by Richard Scarry’s from Chicken Little !

RichardScary { a spread from CHICKEN LITTLE illustrated by Richard Scarry, 1960}

I’m not sure if this show is traveling around (I hope it is), so keep your eyes out for it in your neck of the woods. It’s worth seeing!

Do you have a memory about or favorite Little Golden Book?