Writing with Pictures Art Exhibit

by Jackie Cohen June 23, 2015


pictures 1 The Museum at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido is collaborating on a multimedia exhibit titled “Writing with Pictures” with guest curator Joy Chu from July 11 to Sept. 13.

The exhibit tells the story of picture books and why they have become more popular in the past few years. The exhibit will include artwork from local illustrators and from illustrators working with local writers.

According to the Museum at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido’s press release, visual storytelling is a major part of children’s picture books. They begin with the author’s words, but the illustrator is the one that fleshes out the story beyond what words can convey.

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“This is an exciting time for the picture book genre. While initially aimed at young children, adults are drawn to them by virtue of being parents, teachers, or librarians. We have grown to expect image driven storytelling in the 21st century,” Chu wrote in the press release. “I’m pleased to bring together a cross-section of artists and writers who are pushing the boundaries, many from the San Diego and Los Angeles regions, and beyond. Unlike other such group shows, ours share their process — the inspiration, the outtakes and re-dos. Viewers will experience the thrill of story, and the stories behind them.”

Artists including, Marla Frazee, Antoinetette Portis, John Rocco, LeVar Burton will be a part of the exhibit. Local artists include, Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Courtenay Fletcher, Kathleen Krull, Cindy Jenson-Elliot, Edith Hope Fine, Marcie Wessels, Marcia Berneger, and Steve Breen.

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The Museum at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido will also be featuring artwork from students of all ages currently enrolled in any public, private, charter or home study program in the Juried Student Competition. Submissions are open through Monday, June 22. If you have any questions about this, contact Kirsten Vega, the education coordinator, at kvega@artcenter.org.

During the “Writing with Pictures” exhibit, the museum will be open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8. Members, children under 12, and military get in for free. Senior (60+) and student tickets are $5.

For more information about the exhibit, visit artcenter.org/museum.


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