This week artist/architect Marcela Straudenmaier has been working diligently to transform the walls at Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery here at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven into one large children’s book. The Art of the Picture Book: Creative Process in Visual Storytelling opens today at 5pm with an opening reception that is perfect for the entire family. The reception will double as a book signing featuring picture books created by the local artists featured in the exhibition. Participating artists include Doe Boyle, Frank Dormer, Deborah Freedman, Lynn Reiser, Sanna Stanley, Marcela Straudenmaier, Jennifer Thermes and Nancy Elisabeth Wallace.
The interactive exhibition will show the creative process in visual storytelling in a way that will change how you look at children’s books forever. Artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, for example, uses found and recycled materials to create her cut-paper collages, while Marcela creates three-dimensional collages that are then photographed to become the final illustration.
As you walk through the exhibition you become part of the creative process. You can feel the passion the artists have towards making picture books that not only inspire children, but visual artists everywhere. The exhibition which has now been extended to February is one of the first I have seen that will leave a lasting impression on viewers of all ages. It is encouraged that you invite your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to come witness The Art of Picture Books.
Article by Stephen Grant, Communications Manager for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven