Honored to Win First Place in Book Illustration at Phillustration 7

I am very honored and grateful to the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the judges for Phillustration 7, for awarding my illustration “Ghost Tour” First Place in the Book Illustration category this year. I painted this piece last fall for the children’s book Let’s Visit New Hope, written by Gayle Goodman and Roy Ziegler and sponsored by the New Hope Historical Society.

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(c) Pat Achilles

There were no shortage of terrific illustrations in this year’s show in several different categories. Other members of the Bucks County Illustrators Society, of which I’m a co-founder, also had outstanding work exhibited, including Glenn Zimmer, Deb Hoeffner, Pam Hamilton, and Rebecca Rhodin. Joe DeVito served as one of this year’s judges and his pencil concept sketches for a King Kong project he is working on were also prominently featured.

The crowd at the Sketch Club was large and enthusiastic for the opening reception yesterday – Pam Hamilton took this wonderful panoramic shot of the gallery:

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The Sketch Club is a venerable Philadelphia institution, having started in the 1860s, and is considered the oldest continuously running organization for artists in the country. Outstanding painters and illustrators of the past who have been members include Thomas Eakins, N.C. Wyeth, Henry Pitz, Walter Baum, Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber; and Ranulph Bye, among many others.

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Sketch Club President Rich Harrington and the staff created a varied and exciting exhibit that I recommend to everyone who enjoys ‘fine art that tells a story’ – which is how good illustration is defined. I am thrilled and grateful to receive this recognition, and thankful also to authors Gayle and Roy for writing the book that inspired my illustration!

The Sketch Club is located at 235 S. Camac Street in Philadelphia, and this show is up until November 27, with gallery hours Wednesday, Friday,  Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Bucks County Illustrators 2013 Member Show

bcismembershowpcThe art on this postcard is by Becca Haushalter Klein, an up-and-coming illustrator in our area, a huge Disney fan (perhaps you could tell) with a Belle (of Beauty and the Beast) personality.

The illustrators of BCIS have had the good fortune to be invited to create a Member Show, to be hung in the large gallery of the Cultural Center at the Pearl S. Buck estate in Perkasie, PA.  Becca’s illustrations just explode with mood and magic, and we were very glad she gave the ok for us to use her illustration for our card.

There will be a variety of other lively and imaginative illustrators exhibiting in the show, including

James Bennett, Dot BunnAmanda Condict, Joe DeVitoHeather DavulcuPonder Goembel, Pamela HamiltonMonika HinterwaldnerDeb Hoeffner, Denise Callanan-KlineKim Kurki, Linda LaRoseChristina ManietKathryn Maxwell, Steve Ottey, Rebecca Rhodin, Dave SongJoe TacynecEric Wight, Glenn Zimmer and myself.

If you are in the area of beautiful Bucks County, PA, from June 26 to 28, you should take a look at our show – especially Friday the 28th, when we’ll have an open wine and cheese reception from 7-9 pm.  More info at theBCIS website at

http://bit.ly/16LaV6U.