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Let it snow! Exhibition of children's book art opens at Bruce Museum in Greenwich
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.
GREENWICH, CONN.- Winter has arrived to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, in the exhibition Let It Snow! Children’s Book Art. 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.

“Children’s books can be a playground for an illustrator’s creativity,” explains Helen Davie, whose work is on view.

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 also explores the artistic process behind many of the works.

”There is a very detailed, three-dimensional anthropomorphic world, up there in my head,” illustrator Cyndy Szekeres describes. “It has been there since I could read. Characters rattle around in my brain, tumble out and run around my desk.”

Some final illustrations in the gallery are 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.

Rockwell, for example, wants “to communicate to children that there is order in the universe…I try to create worlds in my books that explain nature, and show its order and beauty, that inspire creativity and self expression, and that model human beings who are reliable and kind.”

While Barbara Cooney recalls, “My favorite days were when I had a cold and could stay home from school and draw all day long.”



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