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Offered in conjunction with the exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs, The Carle invites the public to participate in Colorful Bugs: A Community Art Project. Visitors young and old are asked to make small fiber art bugs to populate the decorative webs that will be woven among trees in the Museum’s apple orchard this summer.

Bugs will be collected from now until August 1, 2015.  They will be on view in The Carle’s apple orchard from June 6 – the annual Children’s Book Festival – through August 30, 2015.

Fiber art bugs can be dropped off at The Carle’s Front Desk or mailed to: The Carle Community Art Project
c/o The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA  01002


  • Bugs can be knitted, crocheted, felted, or made of fabric. Have fun!
  • Please attach a safety pin to the back of each fiber art bug, so it may be easily affixed to a web.
  • Artists are welcome to write their name (first name only, please) on their bug with a permanent or fabric marker.
  • By contributing a work of art for yourself or on behalf of a child, you are verifying that the artwork is original, and that you understand that this work will become the property of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and will not be returned.  The work(s) may be used in social media, promotional materials, and other forms of publication.

Please email Courtney Waring at

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