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Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustration

October 24–December 16, 2018

Mitchell Gallery Hilary Knight Beauty Beast Cover
Hilary Knight (b. 1926), Cover, watercolor on board, from “Beauty and the Beast” by Marie Leprince de Beaumont, translated by Richard Howard, 1963.

Illustrations that bring your favorite children’s books to life with over 140 original works. Explore the history of children’s books from the turn-of-the-century pen-and-ink Mother Goose art of Sarah Noble Ives, to the most popular works of today including the digital creations of Mo Willems. This exhibition features the original art of Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry, Rosemary Wells, Hilary Knight, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Garth Williams’ Stuart Little. Revisit classic illustrations of fondly remembered characters including Dick and Jane, Eloise, Madeline, The Cat in the Hat, and Babar. Read a review of the "Childhood Classics" exhibition in the Baltimore Sun.

The exhibition was curated and organized by Lee Cohen and Lois Sarkisian, co-founders of Every Picture Tells A Story, in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

Exhibition Tour Management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

This exhibition is generously supported by Annapolis Subaru and PNC Foundation with additional support provided by Deborah B. Coons and George and Madeleine Hughes.

Schedule of Events

Docent tours on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. Free, no registration required.

October 26 Members Preview Reception. Be the first to preview the exhibition at this elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres reception from 5 to 7 p.m. By invitation only. Call 410-295-5551 or become a member here.

November 4 Try-It Workshop. Create your own storybook character in ink and watercolor pencil with artist and illustrator Lindsay Bolin Lowery. Ages 16 years and up. No drawing skills or previous art experience needed. Workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. with all supplies provided. $15 for Mitchell Gallery Members; $25 for non-members. Registration required. Call 410-626-2556 or register online.

November 7 Collectors’ Lecture. “Childhood Classics” collectors and curators Lois Sarkisian and Lee Cohen will lecture on the exhibition at 5:30 p.m.

November 11 Caritas Society’s Meet the Authors. This program complements the “Childhood Classics” exhibition. Three children’s book authors will discuss their work and approach to writing for young people. Sean Rubin, Susan Weisberg, and Tami Lewis Brown will discuss their work. Purchase tickets online.

November 14 Art Express Lunchtime Tour. Join Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg for a tour from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

December 6 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book 
Club for a docent tour followed by a discussion of Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mitchell Gallery Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead the discussion. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556. This event is full.

December 16 Sunday Afternoon Lecture. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m.

Gifts in-kind

Art Things, Inc., Barnes & Noble Annapolis, Historic Inns of Annapolis, Kathleen McSherry, Merrifield Graphics and Publishing Service, The Symmetry Agency, and Up.St.ART.