niches, typical of those seen in old Mexican churches, display dePaola’s globally
collected folk art. top: A churchlike birdhouse, a hard-carved painted angel figure, black
Oaxacan ceramic candleholders. center: A painted birdhouse, beaded “fantasy animals”
from Africa. bottom: A Chinese painted wooden rice carrier, two Native American
children’s rain-dance wands made of painted wood and fabric, flanking a display of vintage
baseballs on a handmade base, and decoratively painted antique American candlesticks.
A black-and-white sketch of dePaola’s most famous character, Strega Nona, and the March
lion and lamb from the coloringbook section of his website, tomie.com.