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Arielle Eckstut and Joann Eckstut - The Secret Language of Color

December 18, 2013

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FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m.  

Arielle Eckstut and Joann Eckstut take the audience on a journey through time and space, visiting color past and present, and revealing along the way myriad surprising facets of color in both the natural and man-made worlds. Come learn how color colors nearly every aspect of our universe. 

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Why is the sky blue, the grass green, the rose red? Most of us have no idea, nor are we aware that color pervades all aspects of life, from the subatomic realm and the natural world to human culture and psychology. In this beautiful and thorough investigation, The Secret Language of Color explores everything from why and how we see color to the nature of rainbows; from why red is universally the first color named after black and white to why grass really does appear greener on the other side of the fence; from why purple is associated with royalty to how Starbucks got in trouble for using bugs to color its strawberry frappuccinos. This new book is organized by alternating chapters that cover broad topics (such as the Physics and Chemistry of Color) and those that cover each hue in the visible spectrum (Red, Orange, Yellow, etc), presenting them in singular and in-depth detail.

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Copies of The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty and Joy of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2013) are available for purchase and signing at the event after the audience Q&A.

Arielle Eckstut is the author of 9 books including The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. She is co-founder of The Book Doctors with her husband David Henry Sterry, a company dedicated to helping writers successfully publish their books. She is also co-founder of the iconic, colorful company, LittleMissMatched, which now has stores all over the United States including Disneyland to Fifth Avenue in New York City. She is also on the children's committee of the Color Association of the United States. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Joann Eckstut is a leading color consultant and interior designer who works with a wide range of professionals including architects, developers, and manufacturers of name-brand products. She is founder of The Roomworks, a prominent New York City interior design firm and is one of twelve designers chosen by the Color Association of the United States to create the yearly interior/environmental forecast that is bought by major industries to keep up with color trends. She lives in Rensselaerville, New York. 

This event is organized in collaboration with Arezoo Moseni.