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Chanda Patel. A native Philadelphian, Chanda currently lives in Chicago, IL, where she works as a designer. She has created experiences and services for clients in a range of industries. Her work draws on research and her passion for understanding people and their stories. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University. In her free time, Chanda enjoys making things and eating dessert. Mother Beach is her first illustration project.


 Clarabelle van Niekerk, a long time resident artist for the Erie Arts Council, travels among grade schools and conducts workshops that infuse various forms of art, music, dance, and theatre into education.  Born of Afrikaans decent, she holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Orange Free State in South Africa.  Clarabelle also toured Europe as a cellist for The Free State Orchestra and was awarded a South African Grammy for most popular CD. She is the Founder of the London Puppet Theatre and winner of many international awards including the Perry Cumberland Excellence in Puppetry Award.



Mark Weber’s work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cricket, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Highlights for Children, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune and The International Herald to name a few.  He recently illustrated the 50th anniversary edition of Little Toot and the Lighthouse. His paintings can be found in both galleries and private collections in North America and Europe. Also an Erie, Pennsylvania native, Mark lives and works in Southern New Jersey with his wife Chris and stepdaughter, Kelsie.