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February 4, 2014 > ChildrenÕs Book Illustrators Exhibit celebrates 25 years

ChildrenÕs Book Illustrators Exhibit celebrates 25 years

Submitted By Christine Bender

2014 will mark the 25th year of the annual ChildrenÕs Book Illustrators Exhibition held at the Sun Gallery, Hayward. In the years that we have been hosting this show, a lot has changed in the world of publishing; both in terms of production and distribution of print media, and also in the way in which illustrations that accompany print media are produced and associated with the relevant text. This year we decided to focus both on traditional media and alternative press, so we have included zines and comic books as a compliment to works that tie images closely with literature. We are also featuring, for the first time, a book that has been illustrated by children so that visitors to the exhibition are able to see how participation in reading and the visual arts is a collaborative exploration as children grow up around an increasingly diverse environment of language and visual arts.

A Special Teachers Preview Day will be held on Friday, February 7. Teachers will preview the art, childrenÕs books, meet some of the illustrators, meet our curator, our new director Liesa Lietzke, our art educators, gallery manager, and enjoy tea/coffee, scones, and treats. There will also be a raffle for some of the children's books from this and other shows, and gifts.

A book signing by the artists in the exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Reception for the Artists on Sunday, March 16. This is always a fun event with the artists present to answer questions you or your kids might have, and to sign copies of books available for sale throughout the course of the exhibition. If you would like to purchase a book but know, in advance, that you cannot make the Reception, please let the Sun Gallery staff know and we will ask the artists to sign your book for you.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Constance Anderson, Angela Dominguez, Sara Palacios, Lauren Gallegos, Allyn Lee, Charlotte Cheng, Ashley Wolff, Cathy Bowman, Annette Frei, Susan Pace-Koch, Jack Wiens, Tina Banda, Nikolas Heslep, Spenser Arias, Crystal Gonzalez, Patrick Lugo, Emily Alden Foster, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, Chris Harper Triplett, Lauren Marie Taylor, Linda Lens, and our own volunteer, Bethany Bender.

In conjunction with the Sun GalleryÕs regularly scheduled free art Saturdays, we will be holding a Ôzine making workshop during March. Please check www.sungallery.org for more details. Free Art Saturdays take place in the Sun Gallery Studio Classroom on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Art activities are appropriate for all ages and utilize materials easily found in the home or the environment. Exhibiting artist Emily Foster will be joining the Sun Gallery's art education staff for this program. This is a free activity for ages five to adult, and no reservations are required.

Please visit www.sungallery.org and click on the exhibition blog for further details of specific publications, Ôzines, websites and images. We look forward to seeing you at the Sun and to making this quarter century exhibition exciting and interactive for all involved.

ChildrenÕs Book Illustrators Exhibition
Friday, Feb 7 Ð Monday, Apr 7
Thursday Ð Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Special Teachers Preview Day: Feb 7, 3 p.m. Ð 5 p.m.
Reception for Artists and Book Signing: Sunday, Mar 16, 1 p.m. Ð 4 p.m.

Sun Gallery
1015 E St., Hayward
(510) 581-4050
www.sungallery.org

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