Lauren Castillo
Snow Day, 2011
from The Reader, 2012
Ink, watercolor, digital on paper
Collection of the artist

Wendell Minor
Arctic Midnight Ride from Arctic Son, 1997
Watercolor on paper
Collection of Wendell and Florence Minor

Andrea Wisnewski
Little Red Riding Hood at Grandma’s House
from Little Red Riding Hood, 2007
Cut paper print, watercolor
Collection of the artist

Jennifer Thermes
After the Ride, 2011
from The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! , 2012
Pencil and watercolor on Arches paper
Collection of the artist

Let It Snow! Children’s Book Art

December 1, 2012 - February 23, 2013

Original illustrations by regional artists tell tales of winter fun and frolic.

 This family-friendly exhibition of winter scenes from children’s books features more than thirty original artworks from favorite illustrators, including many living in the Connecticut region such as Lizzy Rockwell, Jennifer Thermes and Wendell Minor.

The excitement of the snowy season is depicted in vivid winter landscapes, frolicking animals, and popular sports and games such as sledding, ice skating, and snowball fights. Displayed works present the range of media available to illustrators, including pen and ink, colored pencil, oil, watercolor, gouache, papercut, collage, and digital media.

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In addition to viewing illustrations of the winter season, visitors are encouraged to read from the many books represented in the exhibition in a designated reading corner, from classics like Andrea Wisnewski’s Little Red Riding Hood and Norman Bridewell’s The Clifford Series to new favorites like Lauren Castillo’s The Reader.

The exhibition will also explore the artistic process behind many of the works.

Some final illustrations in the gallery will be displayed alongside earlier versions, showing the progression towards a finished product. Additionally, the exhibition includes quotes from many of the artists discussing their artistic approaches and their development as illustrators.

Featured are:

• Norman Bridwell, The Clifford Series
• Lauren Castillo, The Reader
• Barbara Cooney, Emily and The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree (from Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries)
• Helen K. Davie, Animals in Winter and Ducks Don’t Get Wet!
• Ezra Jack Keats, Snowy Day (from the Ezra Jack Keats Papers at the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS)
• Loretta Krupinski, Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here (from Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries)
• Barbara McClintock, The Mitten
• Wendell Minor, If You Were a Penguin, Arctic Son, and Snowboard Twist
• Lizzy Rockwell, Valentine’s Day
• Susan Roth, It’s a Dog’s New York
• Shadra Strickland
• Cyndy Szekeres, A Christmas Party Poem (from Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries)
• Jennifer Thermes, The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!
• Walter Wick, Can You See What I See? Toyland Express
• Hans Wilhelm, Anook the Snow Princess and I Love Snow!
• Andrea Wisnewski, Little Red Riding Hood
• Pamela Zagarenski, Sleep Like a Tiger and Red Sings from Treetops

 

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