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The office of Alumni Relations continues to offer a variety of programs on the road to intrigue and inspire many different interests. On Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4:30-6:30, we look forward to an afternoon of art, conversation and light refreshment at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters' James Watrous Gallery. The gallery is located on the third floor of the Overture Center in Madison. Peter Sattler, Lakeland's associate professor of American Literature, will lead a discussion entitled The Power of the Image, in relation to the gallery's current exhibition, The Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration. Lest you think you must have children to enjoy this exhibition, think again!
As professor Sattler points out, "This exhibition gives us a chance to really look at these powerful pictures—to get in close and see how they are put together, to appreciate the complexity and stark beauty of even simple images and their ability to carry a story." The exhibition highlights the work of seven of Wisconsin's most accomplished illustrator/artists of children's books, including Ellen Raskin, Lois Ehlert, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Kevin Henkes, Renée Graef, David McLimans and Laura Dronzek. The premise is to explore each artist's individual process for producing a finished children's book, exploring how the artist progresses from an idea to a finished set of original illustrations ready for the publisher.
With several book artists represented in the same space, viewers will have the opportunity to see a broad range of expression and style arrived at through various approaches to the relationship between narrative and image. Viewers will find that children's book illustration is indeed a fine art that inhabits a realm of its own, with a history, context and unique power to make imaginary worlds real.
Professor Sattler notes, "This exhibition allows us to see not only where an illustrator's ideas come from, but also the steps that lead to the published product. These Wisconsin artists reintroduce us to a familiar world of puppies, presidents, flowers and fairy tales. But great illustrators, like those represented in this exhibition, are masters at making the familiar seem fresh, new and immediate."
We invite you to join us for a thought-provoking afternoon sharing ideas with your Lakeland College friends. Pre-registration is required and there is a charge of $15 per person for this event. Register Here!