Flying Adventures media kit


Claudia Retter
(614) 937-5163
Instagram: @little7stars
Facebook: @claudiaretter

Exhibition Information

A Flying Adventure: Works by Claudia Retter
Springfield Museum of Art
107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield OH 45504
Contact: Erin Shapiro, Curator
June 15-October 9
Opening reception: Sunday June 30, 4-5:30 pm


May 30, 2019 - “A Flying Adventure Takes Off in Springfield”


The Flying Adventures of Two Candy Cane Pen Friends is the enchanted tale — told through photographs and hand-lettered text — of pen pals who finally meet and spend time exploring the Pacific Northwest in a little blue and yellow airplane.  Written in the spirit of The Little Prince, Flying Adventures is a timeless story that celebrates the magic of friendship and flight, inspiring the dreamer in us all.  (On a personal note, it also happens to be the creative retelling of the adventure which made the artist want to learn how to fly.) Originally intended as a single thank-you gift for her aviator penpal, the project has since evolved and expanded. Wanting to bring the story and its inspiration to many different audiences, Retter presents Flying Adventures not only as an editioned handmade artist book, but also as an illustrated reading, abridged paperbound zine, and now, a framed exhibition scheduled at the Springfield Museum of Art for the summer and early fall of 2019. Titled “A Flying Adventure: Works by Claudia Retter,” the exhibit includes the original book, the gallery edition of 42 framed folios, maps, memorabilia, and the original storyboard from the artist’s personal collection.


Click to view larger. **High resolution images available upon request.


Click to view larger. ** High-resolution images available upon request.


Claudia Retter was born in Germany, grew up in New England, and now makes her home in Columbus, Ohio. She has seen the world through the eyes of an artist and storyteller ever since she opened her first book, and inspires others to see the stories in their own lives through her exhibits, readings, and workshops. She has received numerous accolades for both her photographic work and her handmade artist book, The Flying Adventures of Two Candy Cane Pen Friends, including an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She is currently bringing Flying Adventures to its first audiences while beginning work on new projects. She earned her private pilot’s license after returning from her Seattle adventure.


Developing Talent Cityscene Magazine, Columbus, OH, May 2013
Meet Emerging Artist Claudia Retter Columbus Alive, Columbus OH, June 2013