- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – The curator of a new exhibit in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts started putting up the show last week. Erin Burchwell said there is a lot of work that goes into putting up a show with this much creativity and detail. “Children’s Book Illustrations: The Circle of Creativity” will be on display January 22 to March 21.
“I have not seen anything like this before,” said Burchwell. “I’ve never seen a gallery where you started and circled around back by chronological age, so I think it’s something unique.”
The exhibition will begin with illustrations from preschoolers. Subsequent sections will move through the ages of young artists. There will be a sections dedicated to elementary students, middle school students, high school and college students, and adults aspiring to be illustrators. The exhibit will culminate in a final section featuring published illustrators and samples of their work. Their books will also be on display.
“As we put up the exhibit, we have to sort the art and group by age,” said Burchwell. “What makes children’s book illustrations different than something you would just hang on your wall or see in a gallery? They’re simple and they’re like a child would draw. They’re from a child’s viewpoint. That is what we’re showing in the exhibit.”
The gallery opening will be held Wednesday, January 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“I hope those that come will be inspired to learn that everyone has a starting point. Everybody starts off at that preschool level. I hope it will inspire them to think about publishing or even just taking an art class. No one is past the age of learning how to draw.” said Burchwell. “The great thing about the fine arts is that you can achieve any level you aspire to with hard work and practice. Even though I had a ‘knack’ for art at an early age, I never had a formal drawing lesson until my senior year of high school. And I’ve still never taken a painting class. But I’m glad for that now, because I can tell kids ‘You can be an artist without the formal training.’ To be an illustrator, you have to have a child’s point of view and every one of us has had a child’s point of view.”