100 Years of Children's Book Illustration

Oct 24 to Dec 16
From: 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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100 Years of Children's Book Illustration

"Where the Wild Things Are" "The Cat in the Hat" "Charlotte's Web. Frog and Toad"
Some books are so iconic that to simply hear their titles is to be flooded with memories of the whimsical stories and, perhaps more vividly, the lush illustrations within their pages. Revisit the stories that have charmed generations during Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children's Book Illustration, a new exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery.
The exhibition features more than 100 original illustrations from Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Dr. Seuss, Garth Williams (Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web), Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit), and Richard Scarry, with additional illustrations of Popeye, Yogi Bear, Babar, Eloise, Madeline, Frog and Toad and many more.

The exhibition will feature Augmented Reality for several selected works, allowing viewers to access fun facts, film clips, interviews, and other bonus content on their smartphones. The Mitchell Gallery is the first fine art museum in Anne Arundel County to make use of this technology.
Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children's Book Illustration was curated by Lois Sarkisian and Lee Cohen, co-founders of Every Picture Tells A Story, an innovative and influential gallery of original art from children?s books in Los Angeles. The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

For more information about the exhibit and related events, or questions about the Mitchell Gallery, call 410-626-2556.

Docent Tours:
Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. Free, no registration required.

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.

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

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

This Event is Brought to You By Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery/St. John's College

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, located on the campus of St. John’s College, is a hidden treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012 and dedicated to bringing art of world renown to Annapolis since it opened in 1989, the Mitchell Gallery’s modern design won a Citation of Merit from the American Institute of Architects. It attracts over 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-quality exhibits which are of an unusual range and diversity for a gallery of its size. Exhibitions have included works of celebrated artists such as Bruegel, Calder, Rembrandt, Rodin and Motherwell and Johns, exhibitions of unique historical and regional interest such as photography by A. Aubrey Bodine and Marion Warren and The National Craft Show. The Mitchell Gallery serves the community of St. John's and the wider communities of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County as a resource for viewing, discussing, and learning about fine art. Presenting exhibitions of unique historical and regional interest and museum-quality exhibitions that change regularly.  Interpretive programs include lectures, gallery talks, docent tours and children’s programs.