Jeannie Brett
“Bear Behavior” (2012) from Wild About Bears
Watercolor and gouache on 300 lb. hot press Arches paper, 22 1/2 in. x 9 in.
Collection of the artist

Jeannie Brett
“North American Black Bear” (2012) from Wild About Bears
Watercolor and gouache on 300 lb. hot press Arches paper, 22 1/2 in. x 9 in.
Collection of the artist

Wild Reading: Animals in Children’s Book Art

March 26, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Enjoy an adventure into the world of animals and explore their portrayal in children’s book art. Through contemporary and historic illustrations, visitors will immerse themselves in the colorful lives of wild animals -- both realistic and exaggerated. A highlight of this exhibition will be the taxidermy examples from the Bruce Museum’s natural history collection, which will be paired with their illustrated counterparts. Comparisons drawn between the illustrations and specimens address the characteristics that make each animal unique and the artistic techniques utilized to emphasize these features.  

An accompanying family gallery guide and family day will foster exciting cross-generational experiences for museum visitors of all ages.

Connections will be made to local science, language arts, and arts curriculum and standards to create an interdisciplinary visit for school-aged children and educators.

Wild Reading will feature over 30 children’s book illustrations and taxidermy specimens. The distinctive pairing of illustrated animals with their taxidermy counterparts will immerse visitors in the diverse and wild world of animals. 

Sarah Brannan, “Feathers Can Warm Like a Blanket…” (2013) from Feathers: Not Just For Flying
Watercolor on cold press Strathmore paper, 22.5 in. x 9 in. Collection of the artist

This exhibition is generously underwritten by Gabelli Funds and the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

This exhibition is also supported by a Committee of Honor led by Co-chairs Clarena L. McBeth, Chrissy O’Brien, Christine Pascarella, Candace Procaccini, Jordan Rhodes, and Glenn Shaw.

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