Celebrate MARCH 2020 ~ Women's History Month ~ in Central Park!

Coming this summer!  A monument to honor the historic 19th amendment giving women the right to vote!  Meanwhile, find these women - real and literary - in Central Park!

Mary Harriman Rumsey at The Rumsey Playfield

Mary Harriman Rumsey, friend to Eleanor Roosevelt and Frances Perkins, the very first woman member of the U.S. Cabinet.

Kate Wollman at The Wollman Ice Rink & Memorial Recreation Center

Philanthropist Kate Wollan and her brother William memorialized their parents and family with this ice rink and family center!   

Sophie Loeb

Instrumental in providing services for mothers and children, the Sophie Loeb Fountain was established in the James Michael Levin Playground in 1936.

Alice in Wonderland!

Enjoy Alice, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and Alice's other friends at George Delacorte's monumental gift to New York City children in honor of his late wife, who loved reading Alice in Wonderland to their children! 

Get ready for the Central Park Fancy Hat Luncheon!

It's not too early to prepare for the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and their most celebrated luncheon of the year coming May 6, 2020.  Go buy a Fancy Hat and dress to get ready! 

visit The "new fao schwarz


30 Rockefeller Plaza, 49th Street & Fifth Avenue, NYC

Welcome Spring!

At the iconic NEW FAO Schwarz!

Come spend a wonderful afternoon at the brand NEW FAO Schwarz, 

New York's flagship store for children and adults of any age..  

The Holidays are about happiness and sharing, 

being together with family and friends.

Enjoy all that New York City and FAO have to offer 

at this magical time of the year!

materials for the arts

Free Third Thursday - JANUARY 16, 2020 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM

 In line with our mission of inspiring imagination through creative reuse, please join Fran Quittel, author of The Central Park Lost Mitten Party (Regent Press, 2nd printing  2019), at our January Third Thursday Sock  Puppet Making Workshop. This free event, open to the public, will take place on January 16, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Materials for the Arts 

 Perfectly attuned to fall, winter, and the experience we all have of losing something we love, Quittel’s book, The Central Park Lost Mitten Party demonstrates  how through imagination and creativity, we can transform events we do  not like into springboards for creating something completely fresh and  new. At our  Third Thursday workshop, attendees will learn to create sock puppets or  other works of art, transforming one of life’s bumps in the road into a  new adventure.  


Sock Puppets and Making Art with Author Fran Quittel

January 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

MFTA Third Thursday

    3300 Northern Boulevard
New York, NY 11101 

Materials for the Arts. NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Education

Materials for the Arts. NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Education

marin- museum of contemporary art

National Family Day - Museum Store Sunday

Please join Fran Quittel, author of The Central Park Lost Mitten Party (Regent Press, 2nd printing  2019), for a Holiday Book Signing at 500 Palm Drive at the historic Hamilton Field in Novato, California.  The museum has a main gallery as well as the Ron Collins lobby gallery,  the Second Floor gallery, a museum store, an education program, and  artist studios. Over 60 artists have working studios in four buildings  that provide an atmosphere of creative energy in which contemporary art  flourishes.   Excellent programs for artists, families and children.





Emeryville's 33rd Celebration of the Arts

October 4 - 29, 2019

Share the big news!

This year's event included an expanded youth art program where students from age five to high school senior interact with art and create their own. The program was available to take place at the gallery OR at each school.   Each student receives an "Artist in Training" Badge and a chance to exhibit their art in City Hall.  Chair,  Fran Quittel.

Inside this Book


The  story of The Central Park Lost Mitten Party  begins at Greywacke Arch in Central Park  

with one  lost glove, and weaves its way through some of Central Park's most 

memorable sculptures, terraces and meadows.  

Notice that the story begins in the "real world," of black and white.

But The Lost Mitten Party  is celebrated in a world ablaze with color in the spectacular settings of  Bethesda Terrace, Gothic Bridge,  Greywacke Arch, Paul Manship's Group of Bears, Belvedere Castle,  the Delacorte Clock, the Carousel, Bow Bridge, and the

 Angel of the Waters and Alice in Wonderland  sculptures.

Here, in  this drawing, the shoes and galoshes are having 

a dance party at the historic Naumburg Bandshell.  


Deep Inside Central Park

Central Park is the first urban landscaped park in the United States and the most visited urban park in the world.   An iconic landmark, the Park exemplifies the urban public parks movement and ways in which big cities can incorporate parks into people's lives.

This particular drawing takes place in delightful Sheep Meadow 

with its beautiful West Side skyline.  

Look carefully!   How do we know the location?   Of course, 

because there are sheep!

This artwork is based on happy memories . . .

Library Cards, museum admission buttons, subway tokens and subway cards all dance happily  into America's first urban public park, while the hats on several of the "Lost Mittens" and their companions refer to the hats of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes!