Get the Picture!

1 Jul

I am so excited to see that an amazing exhibit on children’s illustration is happening at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, just a short drive for me.  I haven’t been able to make the trip up to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, so I’m super excited to see some amazing events coming to the Philly area.

From the museum’s website, “This exhibition, organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and guest curated by H. Nichols B. Clark, will feature an exciting selection of contemporary paintings and drawings created by eight of the most renowned artists currently working the field: Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Marla Frazee, Jon Klassen, Melissa Sweet, David Wiesner and Mo Willems. The works reveal the artists’ broad spectrum of working methods and subject matter, as well as the ever-increasing inclusiveness in the field of children’s book illustration. Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration brings the museum’s long standing commitment to the history and traditions of children’s illustration to the present day.”

The exhibit opens today, July 1st and will close October 9th with some amazing events throughout the exhibit’s time at the museum.  What I love is that they are offering not only lectures and programs for adults, but are also including art and story workshops for kids as well.  It’s exciting to see how art museums, history museums and others are really trying to encourage hands on learning in places where originally “no touching!” was the rule.  I know that many museums and libraries are partnering together to create such high-quality programs for kids, teens and families and I think it’s such a powerful connection and so amazing that families can participate in.

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