Worlds Imagined: The Art of Children’s Books at Tall Grass

zen-shorts-022108.jpgPark Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Beginning on March 7 and running through May 31, 2008, Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, IL will host Worlds Imagined: The Art of Children’s Books.  The exhibit will open on Friday, March 7 with a reception in the gallery located at 367 Artists Walk, DownTown Park Forest, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Worlds Imagined will feature 74 original works of art by nationally-renown illustrators.   Illustrators featured in the show include Ashley Bryan and Jan Spivey Gilchrist (seventeen drawings from My America), Jules Feiffer (three drawings from The House Across the Street), Wendy Halperin (seventeen drawings from Thank You, World), Elisa Kleven (ten drawings from Apple Doll), Barbara Lavallee (one drawing from Mama, Do You Love Me? one from Papa, Do You Love Me? and one from Grandma Calls Me Beautiful), Kevin Luthardt (12 drawings from The Vowel Family), Jon J Muth (three from Zen Shorts), Don Nedobeck (three from The Twelve Days of Christmas),  Claire Nivola (three from The Friday Nights of Nana) and Susan Sturgill (three from I’m Just a Cat Mattress). 

Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist believes that children’s books are a marriage between pictures and words.  “The pictures come alive because of the words and vice-versa.”  Thus, to enrich the experience of visiting the show and to emphasize both the art and literacy components of it, the illustrations will be mounted next to sections of the text that the illustrations accompany. In addition to the featured artworks, books by these illustrators will be on display in the gallery for students and parents to read.

Many of the illustrators have won honors for their works. Ashley Bryan’s numerous awards and honors include the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, six Coretta Scott King Honors, the Arbuthnot Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship. He also won a Silver Medallion, for contributions to children’s literature from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Man in the Ceiling was Jules Feiffer’s first book for children. Highly praised in The New York Times and elsewhere, it was selected by Publishers Weekly and The New York Public Library as one of the best children’s books of 1993.  Jan Spivey Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including the Coretta Scott King Award.  Barbara Lavallee’s books have been selected as California Children’s Books award winners and by Parent’s Magazine as one of the best books of the year.  One of Jon J Muth’s books, Zen Shorts, was a Caldecott award winner. His most recent book, Zen Ties, is on the New York Times bestseller list. Jon also illustrated both of Carolyn Kennedy’s anthologies of poetry.

The illustrations presented in the gallery represent a wide spectrum of styles and media.  Several of the artists work with watercolors.  Elisa Kleven utilizes the art of collage.  Wendy Halperin utilizes crayons.  Several utilize pen and ink and colored pencils.

Teachers are invited to call the gallery to schedule group tours.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Special hours can be arranged for group tours.  The gallery is located next to Village Hall in DownTown Park Forest.  It is open to the public free of charge. 

For additional information, directions or to schedule a tour, call the gallery at (708) 748-3377.

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Pat Coffman Huss Exhibit at Tall Grass

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A watercolor by Pat Coffman Huss on display at Tall Grass Arts Association through January 12. (Graphic: TallGrassArts.org)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— The Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery exhibit “Reflections,” featuring nearly thirty watercolors by Pat Coffman Huss, opened on Friday, November 30 with a reception in the Tall Grass Gallery from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will run through January 12, 2008.

Paintings included in “Reflections” investigate glass and metallic objects, transparent and opaque windows and water within landscapes. Pat’s paintings also draw attention to unique moments and places. Tall Grass gallery visitors will be familiar with Pat’s scenes of the Chicago skyline as well as various neighborhoods within the city. Many of her scenes of the city are inspired by the changing seasons.

As a high school student, Pat studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and her Master’s from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design. She has also studied at Northern Illinois University and the University of Southern California.

Pat’s award-winning work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows. In 2007, she installed a solo show as part of the Healing Arts Program at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois. Her art has also been featured in local group exhibitions. In 2007, these included the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery in Kankakee, Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery in Park Forest, the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery in Palos Hills, Gallery 218 in Oak Lawn and Sanctuary Gallery in Clifton. Her work is also part of many private and public collections, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana; the Smithsonian Museum of American History; Mercy, Ravenswood, Edgewater, Little Company of Mary, St Francis, and Advocate Christ Hospitals; and several municipal buildings, libraries, and schools.

The Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery is located at 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest. It is adjacent to the Park Forest Village Hall. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge. For additional information or direction, call the gallery at (708) 748-3377 or visit the Tall Grass website at www.tallgrassarts.org .

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