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‘Get the Picture’ With Children’s Book Art at Brandywine

Jes Lyons

Jes Lyons

Editorial & Marketing Assistant

Posted October 1, 2014

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The Brandywine River Museum of Art, a favorite of Main Line and Philadelphia families, has a feature exhibit that focuses on beautiful children’s book illustrations. “Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration is a celebration of the ridiculous, endearing, sweet, and outlandish artwork that makes its way into the stories that stay with us forever.

Curated by H. Nichols B. Clark, this exhibition features prominent artists at the very apex of children’s illustrations. Approximately 20 works from each artist’s most recent books will be on display. These artists include Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Marla Frazee, Jon Klassen, Melissa Sweet, David Wiesner, and Mo Willems. (Get a sneak peek with this lovely video.

This exhibit is a great pull for local families. “While this exhibition will be popular with a wide range of audiences, it is the latest project in an initiative to welcome children to the museum and engage them through art,” said Thomas Padon, the museum’s director.  They do this by showcasing the artwork for in an engaging way and including an inviting reading area for families featuring all the artwork they’ve seen throughout the exhibit.

The museum has put together a slate of programs and events for families to accompany the exhibit. Several are happening this weekend, so now is a great time to go. 

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families

August 7, 11 am — 2 pm

This free event invited families to come and enjoy art activities, seek-and-find, and readings from children’s favorite books. The hands-on fun cannot be beat!

Inspired to Draw! with Raúl Colón

August 7, 12:30 pm

Meet the award-winning illustrator Raúl Colón as he discusses how he created his latest book, Draw! No words are spoken, yet the reader is taken on a journey through a young man’s mind. Want an autographed copy? Stick around for a special signing. 

“Get the Picture! Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration” is currently on exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art until October 9, 2016. Admission to the museum is $15 for adults; $10 for seniors ages 65 and over; $6 for students and children 6 and older; and free for children 5 and younger and museum members.

The museum is located at 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford.

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Sweet for A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013 ©Melissa Sweet)

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