Exhibition | Illustration

May 6 - June 9, 2023

Featuring artists: Chris Van Dusen, Anneli Skaar, Sarah Horowitz, Jo Ellen StammenSiri Beckman, David Jacobson

THURSDAY, MAY 11 FROM 5-7PM | Artist Talk with Anneli Skaar and Two Ponds Press
THURSDAY, MAY 18 FROM 5-7PM | Opening Reception and Camden Art Walk
SUNDAY, MAY 21 FROM 1-2PM | Pencils and Toast with Chris Van Dusen 

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A group show about illustration, pairing images with text to create a deeper understanding of a story or idea. On display in this exhibit are fine press art books, hand painted illustrations, limited edition etchings and engravings.

Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen is a nationally beloved children's book author and illustrator based in Camden, Maine. Van Dusen's original gouache illustrations for author Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series come to life with vivid color, expressive characters, and perfectly rendered scenes.

Anneli Skaar

Featuring Anneli Skaar's latest book with Two Ponds Press, The Island Whale, a collection of nine ancient stories from around the world about whales being mistaken for islands, and a compelling allegory for our currently rising sea levels. Scrimshaw-like drawings, whale stamps, and hand-painted red rose details within the book suggest the connection of extraction of natural resources to the land sinking below our feet. Anneli Skaar brings her unending curiosity and inspiring creativity to this project, which is on view alongside four of the artist's pen and ink whale drawings.

Sarah Horowitz

Sarah Horowitz's fine press book tells the story ‘Baba Yaga’, the Slavic folkloric witch who lives in a house on chicken legs. Sarah Horowitz is well known for her printmaking, drawing, and artist books. Botanicals have long been her subject, and here they continue to inform her storytelling. Plants weave through the etchings, guiding the story with their meanings - invasive, prickly and toxic plants begin the story with discord, bright sunflowers punctuate the ending with optimism. Sarah's hand-colored etchings give life to this old European tale. 

Jo Ellen Stammen

Jo Ellen Stammen is a Caldecott nominated illustrator. Her compositions are gentle yet wonderous, her drawings soft yet precise. On view are colored pencil and pastel illustrations from Wild Fox: A True Story, Bears Out There and Swan in Love

Siri Beckman

Siri Beckman is a masterful printmaker. On view are many of Siri Beckman's engravings and her books, A Dog Named Blackberry and A Week at the Lake. Siri Beckman's fine-lined wood engravings are imaginatively composed, capturing the essence of life in Maine, people and animals at work and play, at home and in the wilderness.

David Jacobson

David Jacobson is widely known as a glass artist, but he began his career as a professional cartoonist in New York. His cartoons have appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and have been nationally syndicated by United Media. On view are cartoons and glass art, including a series of hand blown glass word bubbles adorned with his drawings, a true combination of his pursuits.

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