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Revised dates for illustrate your own story

Anna Vojtech’s weekly course begins March 28 (not March 14th). Please adjust your calendars.

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Delightful illustration course at Rocky Neck Cultural Center: award winning children’s book author illustrator, fine artist and Film Animator ANNA VOJTECH

Delightful illustration course at Rocky Neck Cultural Center: award winning children’s book author illustrator, fine artist and Film Animator ANNA VOJTECH

What an opportunity to learn from someone in the top of the field! Tuesdays with Anna Vojtech begin March 28th (new dates announced)  March 14th and continues weekly through May 2.
Anna Vojtech is a fine artist and an award winning children’s book illustrator and writer living in Gloucester. She grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, what is now the Czech Republic. She studied art and film animation at the Art Academy in Prague, in Antwerp, Belgium, and in Hamburg, Germany. 
In 1971 Anna moved with her husband to Canada where she worked at the National Filmboard and for various film companies in Montreal. Her work in film animation led her to children’s book illustration.
Since 1979 Anna has worked with major publishing houses (“The First Strawberries” by Joseph Bruchac, Dial/Penguin, “Tough Beginnings” by Marylin Singer, Henry Holt & Co, “Over in the Meadow” by Olive Wadsworth, North-South Books (now Simon & Schuster), “Ten Flashing Fireflies” by Philemon Sturges,  and many others).
She became also known for her stunning botanical paintings, published by Crown Publishers as “Wild Flowers for All Seasons”.
For the last 18 years Anna has been living with her family in Gloucester, painting and illustrating in her Cripple Cove Studio. She is happy to live on Cape Ann and to share her life and art with the community. 

The 4 Cape Ann public libraries announce the Cape Ann Reads jury panel

See the 2016 Cape Ann Reads selection panel  

After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads original picture book contest is in full swing and has moved into the jury processing stage. The contest is hosted by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. They will publish the first edition printing for one book from entries that were submitted by December 15, 2016. The jury selection panel includes representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library; Kate Strong Stadt, Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex. Joining these talented library participants are three artists and award winning children’s picture book authors and illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech.  Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop will provide another crucial area of book world expertise.  Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process. A second jury of children will select their favorites and is chaired by Liza Browning from the Cape Ann Museum, a Cape Ann Reads partner.

About the Cape Ann creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest:
The 4 public libraries hosted a one of a kind call for entry seeking new and original children’s picture books showcasing local artists and writers. 

Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published, and to submit their entries by December 15th, 2016. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017 by the 4 public libraries and with the support of various sponsors. The copyright is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, “Little House”, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.

Community photos of Anna Vojtech presentation at Sawyer Free Library

Anna Vojtech gave a wonderful presentation at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library about her working process and experience with children’s book publishing.

The November 26th event was part of Cape Ann Reads.

The photographs were taken by Kristen Jaques, Sawyer Free Library Assistant, children’s services.


Fine artist and award winning children’s book illustrator and author ANNA VOJTECH @Sawyer Free November 26

Don’t miss Anna Vojtech‘s special program for Cape Ann Reads from Sawyer Free children’s services. “Informative and casual master class about how to work with publishers and what do to for preparing and sending your children’s books to publishers.”




Artist Spotlight Series – Anna Vojtech

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Spotlight on Anna Vojtech

Anna grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, what is now the Czech Republic. She studied art and animation film in Prague, Antwerp (Belgium) and Hamburg (Germany), where she met her German-American husband, Roland Cornelis Baumgaertel.

In 1971 Anna and Roland moved to Montreal where she worked as a freelance artist for the National Filmboard of Canada and for various film companies. During that time Anna started to illustrate children books and work with Canadian publishers. Her first book published in the US was “The Star Husband”, a Native American legend, published by Doubleday in 1979. Since then Anna has been working and publishing with major publishers like North South, Putnam, Dial, Penquin, Abrams, and many others.  Her botanical paintings, another of Anna’s passions, have been published as”Wild Flowers for All Seasons”, a beautiful coffee table book.

In 1983 Anna, Roland and their two sons, Mathis and Lukas, moved to the North Shore. They lived in Marblehead for a time, but for the last 14 years they have been happy residents of Gloucester along with their grandchildren, Cyrus and Natasha. In 2001 Anna and Roland purchased a building in East Gloucester and turned it into an artist haven with 7 studios, called “Cripple Cove Studios”. This is where Anna continues doing what she has done all her adult life – illustrating, painting and experimenting with various media. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

In March 2013 Anna exhibited her paintings along with her husband’s sculptures at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.  Anna will be participating in the Rocky Neck Arts and Crafts Show where she will be selling some of the books she has illustrated. Her most recent book are “Look What I can Do!” written by Nancy Viau and The Friendly Beasts”, an old English Christmas Carol, which includes a CD. All of the books will be autographed and at special times Anna will be signing them especially for your special little ones.

Look for Anna and her wonderful books at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, East Gloucester during the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-4 PM November 30 – December 29 http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org/winter.php

E.J. Lefavour

SAT, Oct 9 : 10 – 5 pm – Cripple Cove Open Studio

Seeing as Cripple Cove Studios Are Located Dead Smack in Front Of Captain Joe’s You Ought To Check It Out and Then Swing Down and Say Hey To Your Pal Joey 🙂


     97 East Main Street, Gloucester

Deb Aldrich – watercolor
Sinekka Nogelo – painting
Linda Sojda – painting
Jenn Powell – mixed media
Anna Vojtech – painting and illustration
Maura Cronin – cranio-sacral therapy