‘Noisy Nora’ author Rosemary Wells exhibits her watercolor art at Library

Acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Rosemary Wells wants to give children the chance to experience original art. Through her Real Art for Young Artists initiative, Wells is allowing the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to exhibit the original watercolor art from her classic book Noisy Nora with a long-term loan. 

The exhibit Real Art for Young Artists: The Art of Rosemary Wells is on display in the Children’s Library at the Downtown Main Library beginning Sept. 15. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Wells is visiting the Library on that day for a presentation with local illustrator Will Hillenbrand and a book signing. This special event happens at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Learning Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513-369-6900 or visit www.CincinnatiLibrary.org.


Wells was born in New York City and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey. Growing up her playwright father and ballet dancer mother encouraged her artistic bent. She attended the Boston Museum School and married architect Thomas Moore Wells in 1963. She worked as an art director and designer before illustrating her first book. Wells is the author-illustrator of more than 120 books for children, including the beloved Max and Ruby and Noisy Nora books. She travels all over the country as a tireless advocate for literacy. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Victoria and Marguerite, and grandmother to four girls.


Hillenbrand is celebrated children’s author and illustrator whose published works include over 65 books. In his work, he uses a combination of traditional drawing methods and direct impression media to create his magical illustrations. He has lived almost all of his life in Cincinnati where he grew up as the youngest of four boys. He is the first Illustrator and Author in Residence at Kent State University in Kent. He is a member of the National Advisory Board at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum and a member of the Greenacres Artists Guild in Indian Hill.