This past Saturday, a new exhibition opened at the Mansfield Art Center which brings visitors closer to the world of children’s book illustration.

“The Art of Children’s Books” showcases four published artists whose work can be found in children’s books across the world.  Each artist skillfully presents their medium in an engaging and captivating way that speaks to both children and adults alike.

Featured artists include:

  • Richard Cowdrey,  is well known for illustrating many beautiful children’s picture books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Bad Dog, Marley!
  • David FitzSimmons, is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David’s most recent publications include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools, Curious Critters, and Curious Critter Volume Two, which have won nine national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies, as well as audio books for both Curious  Critters titles.
  • In the Tall, Tall Grass was the  first book in which Denise Fleming, used pulp painting as a medium.  “There is always an element of surprise in pulp painting, as I cannot completely control the blending of color and fiber. Each fiber retains its individual color–this and the layering of fiber create a feeling of depth in the finished painting.”  – Denise Fleming
  • Jay Hosler, writes and draws graphic novels that focus on natural history, evolution, and insects. Lots and lots of insects. His  goal is to use the compelling visual power of comics to illustrate the alien worlds that often go unnoticed and unappreciated.  Hosler is noted for using his storytelling as a means engaging the reader in scientific exploration & education, most notably in  his graphic novel, “The Last of the Sandwalkers.”

The exhibition is free with donations gladly accepted. It runs through September 10.

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