Attention art lovers of all ages! In honor of Youth Art Month, author and artist Susan Fillion will speak at Wellesley Books at 82 Central Street in Wellesley about her gorgeous new book for young readers, MISS ETTA AND DR. CLARIBEL: BRINGING MATISSE TO AMERICA. Her book follows the amazing true story of the Cone sisters and how they amassed a stunning collection of artwork by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse at the turn of the 20th century. An artist and educator at the Baltimore Museum of Art where the Cone Collection resides, Fillion spins the wondrous tale of how these two women changed America’s perception of art. Come learn about modern art through the magnificent works of Picasso, Matisse, Vuillard, Cézanne, and Gauguin, alongside special artwork done by Susan Fillion that brings the story of the Cone sisters to life. Perfect for ages 10 and up! 


What could be more unlikely than this tale of two unmarried sisters from a German-Jewish family in Baltimore who amassed one of the major collections of modern art in America? But Etta and Claribel Cone saw the potential of young artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso when few people, or institutions, in America even knew they existed. In this touching story, fully illustrated, we can trace the lives of the Cone sisters, active participants in the decades that changed art forever. 


Susan Fillion is an artist and museum educator in Baltimore. Over the years, she has introduced audiences of all ages to the Cone Collection and especially enjoys teaching drawing where the collection resides, in the galleries of The Baltimore Museum of Art. She and her husband, Tom, live in a house in the trees.