Children’s Book Illustrators Guild exhibits at Banfill-Locke

The Children’s Book Illustrators Guild is exhibiting work by 15 of its member artists in a show at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (6666 East River Road, Fridley).

artsIllustratorssThe exhibition runs through Dec. 21 with a free reception planned for 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16. In addition to 34 illustrations on the walls of the galleries, books illustrated by the artists will be for sale.

Also the guild will hold a free story time 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the art center.

The Children’s Book Illustrator’s Guild of Minnesota was formed in 1982 as a resource and support group for artists working in the children’s book illustration and literature fields.

Illustrator and Guild organizer Shawn McCann said, “Our job, and joy, as illustrators is to share our private visions of these worlds, using media such as pen-and-ink, watercolor, gouache or a computer to record the pictures we see in our heads as we read the words.”

Due to the nature of the work, most artists typically spend a lot of time by themselves. The guild offers members a chance to get out of the studio and interact with other people in the same field.

Members range in experience from just starting out to having several published books to their credit.

Members of the guild discuss and share information on everything related to illustrating and writing children’s books – everything from discovering new books, revisiting classic favorites, the nuts and bolts of getting published, art techniques, styles, plot development and pre-press production.

“Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is excited to share the work of talented illustrators with our visitors,” Banfill-Locke Executive Director Bethany Whitehead said.

“This exhibition aspires to illuminate the artistry behind children’s books. As a center that fosters the visual and literary artists of our community, focusing on the visual art aspect of children’s books fits in perfectly with our programming.”

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