Drawing on Imagination: The Art of Children’s Illustration

26 Dec

Drawing on Imagination

Multnomah County Library’s Collins Gallery’s latest exhibit is Drawing on Imagination: The Art of Children’s Illustration. This presentation by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Oregon Chapter (SCWBI-OR) features works by eleven illustrators and author/illustrators from Oregon and SW Washington, many from Portland, and a few I more familiar with since they’ve done readings at Green Bean Books. They provide a look at some of their creations from original concept art, book dummies, various sketches to publication.


One of the more eye-catching displays is Kaaren Pixton’s collage pieces for various Indestructibles, a line I love recommending at work. These alternate to cloth and board books are rip-proof, chew-proof, and washable. They’re visually stunning to look at. Kaaren explains her process.


In another display, I appreciated Cathy June going into detail about how she made the cover and developed the characters for We Eat Food That’s Fresh!


My favorite installation (and apparently a lot of others) was Maggie Rudy’s. She recently did a diorama for our store this past Halloween. Seeing her characters again and in the beautiful scenes from her book was inspiring.

Other works were from: Carolyn Conahan, Mark Fearing, David Hohn, M.K. Nelson, Nicole Rubel, K.C. Snider, Lee White, and Johanna Wright.

I’m so glad I went to this and recommend it to others. I definitely came out of the exhibit appreciating even more the rich talent of children’s book authors and illustrators we have locally! I can’t wait to read the books that were featured.

Drawing on Imagination is on view from December 21, 2013, until January 31, 2014, during Central Library’s hours.


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