MAILED: Oct. 27, 2000
Beginning Nov. 9, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery will house an exhibit titled "Masters of the Art of Children's Books."
The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 5, will show illustrations for children's books by renowned artist illustrators. A reception for the show will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Foster Gallery.
Anders Shafer, professor of art and curator for the exhibit, said he thought of the show idea after conversing with Beth Peck, a professional illustrator whose work will be featured in the exhibit.
"We thought it would be both educational and enriching to have a show of preliminary drawings and finished works by outstanding children's book illustrators," Anders said.
Most artists sketch the entire book's illustrations, which are approved by their editors and art directors before doing the final product. For this show, all artists were invited to submit several of their preliminary sketches in addition to two or three finished works.
"This way, people can see the artists' thought or creative processes," said Anders, explaining the show will consist of paintings and drawings.
The exhibit originated at UW-Eau Claire, although Peck, who lives near Menomonie, has done a similar one that included only her own work. UW-Eau Claire is the only location for this exhibit.
Work by the following artists will be included in the show: Peck, Kinuko Craft, Lou Fancher, Diane Goode, Steve Johnson, Bill Joyce, Uri Sulevitz and Paul Zelinski. There also will be selections from the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Collection, including works by Chris Van Allsburg and Wanda Goog.
Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information about gallery exhibits, call Tom Wagener at (715) 836-2328.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 29, 2000