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Thurs. May 18th, 2017

Illustration Talk @ Watchung Elementary School

I will be displaying some of the original paintings from The Sound of All Things to 4th and 5th graders at Watchung Elementary School in Montclair, NJ on Thursday, May 18th. The process of taking author Myron Uhlberg's wonderful, autobiographical story and turning his words into detailed illustrations that add to the word's meanings will be discussed and I look forward to answering whatever questions the students have. As usual, I expect them to get most excited about finding the hidden "Sally" in each of the images! 

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Fri. February 3, 2017

Group Show "State of the Art 2017" Up Through Mid April 

Studio Montclair (SMI) presents “State of the Art 2017,” an exhibit on view from February 3 to April 14, 2017, featuring the work of 80 SMI members. The exhibit is up in Studio Montclair’s galleries at Academy Square, the SMI Gallery @ Academy Square and the SMI Virginia S. Block Gallery, located on the first and second floors of Academy Square in Montclair. The opening reception was held on Friday, February 3, from 7 to 9pm and it was great to see many friends and neighbors in attendance. The galleries are open to the public 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday. One of my pieces, "Mother's Day at the Amusement Park", is on display.

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Mon. January 16th, 2017

The Sound of All Things  Named a Winner of the Notable Books for a Global Society 2017 

Each year the NBGS Committee chooses 25 winners. These books for all levels (preK-12) reflect diversity in the broadest sense, celebrating a wide variety of voices and topics. Please look for a comprehensive article about these books (published in 2016) plus useful teaching tips in the Spring 2017 issue of The Dragon Lode, free to CL/R SIG members. 


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Sat. October 15th, 2016

Solo Show at The Bridge Art Gallery

A solo exhibit at The Bridge Art Gallery focused on the paintings from the book The Sound of All Things. Finished paintings from the book were displayed along with original concept sketches, and prints of paintings at various stages of completion. Additionally, some paintings and works in progress not related to the book were shown.  A brief presentation walked viewers through the steps required to complete this project. 


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Sat. September 24th, 2016

Grand Opening of The Bridge Art Gallery

I was happy and excited to be a part of this festive opening. Congratulations to Cheryl and Chris Mack on launching their new gallery which will showcase artists from Bayonne, Montclair, and Atlanta. It is located at the heart of the burgeoning art community of Bergen Point where previously the gallery space was used by Bayonne’s late, famed Elvis impersonator, Eddie O’Rourke, for music lessons. So, clearly, good vibes will abound! 

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Thu. August 25th, 2016

Super Summer Reader Club @ TD Bank Ballpark

A wonderful evening was had by combining two of my favorite things...art and baseball! I signed books and sold some prints at an author festival on Aug. 25 at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Members of MyCentralJersey.com's Super Summer Reader Club who sent in book reviews received tickets to attend the author festival during the Aug. 25 Somerset Patriots games. I was one of ten local authors and illustrators attending the festival. 

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Fri. April 15th, 2016

Arts Feature In The Montclair Times

I was warmly welcomed into the Montclair art community with this wonderful piece in the recent issue of the paper. Not only was it a nice mention, but they included two pieces, the main one being a boardwalk scene from my new children's book, The Sound of All Things

Papoulas said he was inspired by his young children, Sally, 2 1/2 years old, and Tes, who is 1, as he worked. Sally, he said, “was just born when I started the book.” Her name kept popping up: Papoulas received the offer shortly after his mother, whose name was Sally had passed away. The author’s mother’s name was Sally. So, Papoulas hid the name Sally in every main painting of the book.
— Montclair Times staff writer Gwen Orel
 
Sat. March 19th, 2016

Author Myron Uhlberg and Artist Ted Papoulas at the BPL

In celebration of National Deaf History Month, award-winning author Myron Uhlberg and I spoke about The Sound of All Things at the Brooklyn Public Library. A number of original illustrations were on display as Myron discussed his childhood and life as the hearing child of two deaf parents growing up in 1930s Brookyn. I spoke about the process of taking Myron's story and interpreting it through images by first researching the time period, then storyboarding the illustrations, shooting models for reference and of course executing the final paintings. The audience asked some wonderful questions at the end of our talk which made the event even more engaging. Thanks to all that came out to spend the afternoon with us! 

 
 
Wed. March 16th, 2016

Myron and Ted Speak at PS 347 in NYC

The talk at PS 347 was the first time Myron and I actually met! Up until then, we'd only collaborated via email - it was great to come together and present to NYC's CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) school, a wonderfully enthusiastic audience for our book which tells Myron's tale of being the hearing child of two deaf parents. The children were great and LOVED running up to the paintings and searching for the 'SALLY' in the images. 

 
 
Wed. March 9th, 2016

Speaking About The Sound of All Things  at My Local Book Store

I had a great time Wednesday speaking about the process of creating the illustrations for The Sound of All Things, displaying some of the original illustrations, answering questions and of course signing books. My thanks to everyone who came out. I appreciated it and loved the questions you posed. Anyone who couldn't make it can order a signed copy through Watchung Booksellers. 

 
 
Sat. March 5th, 2016

First Book Signing for The Sound of All Things  at the Brooklyn Museum

It was great fun to meet folks at the Broklyn Museum and sign copies of my new children's picture book. Many were very enthusiastic about both the story of the book and the vibrant illustrations depicting Coney Island in the 1930s. The first copies were purchased by my good friends Dave and Steph and I also got to reconnect with Heidi, a former Pratt classmate of mine! I'm really looking forward to the Brooklyn Public Library even on the 19th which promises to be even better and feature more familiar as well as unfamiliar faces.

 
 
Sun. February 21st, 2016

Peachtree Blog: Sunday Brunch with Myron Uhlberg  and Ted Papoulas

Peachtree Publishers has posted a Q&A on their blog where author Myron Uhlberg and I speak about our new book, The Sound of All Things. For those who don't know anything about Myron and his incredible life story, here's an excerpt from one of his answers. 

My mother and father were deaf. Born hearing, I was their first child. My first language was sign language, a language not of speech but of signs made with the hands, supplemented by the grammar of the face and body. From the earliest age, I felt no space existed between me and my mother and father. But at an early age my father asked me to be his ears and voice in the world of sound: my world, but a world as foreign to him as the moon was to me. With this request I stopped being a child, and overnight was forced to confront my parents’ world—a world of absolute silence.
— Myron Uhlberg

Myron discusses the story of the book and how it relates to his real-life childhood and I answer some questions about the roughly 22 illustrations that accompany the text. 

For those who find Myron's life story fascinating, as I do, I highly recommend reading his autobiography, The Hands of My Father. 

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Sat. February 17th, 2016

Some More Kind Words for The Sound of All Things from Publishers Weekly

Another early review has some very kind words for our new book. After all the time spent alone in the studio painting, it's great to share this story and images with others. 

Painted in lush acrylic and gouache, newcomer Papoulas’s illustrations are a love letter to Coney Island at its heyday, the period clothing and gleaming buildings placing readers in the thick of the crowds.
— Publishers Weekly

The term "newcomer" is technically accurate since it is my first picture book, but a bit humorous given my age and experience!

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Sat. January 9th, 2016

First Review is in from Kirkus Reviews, and It's a Great One

Having never published a children's picture book before, I was wondering how The Sound of All Things would be received by those who have worked in the industry for many years. That made these first kind words from a review of the book all the more satisfying. 

Papoulas’ vivid paintings animate the setting and sentiment with photographic attention to faces and period details, silently evoking a din of everyday noises that seems impossible to convey.
— Kirkus Reviews, January 15th 2016 Issue

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