Priscilla Alpaugh Wayne Geehan Ed Shems Toby Williams
Exhibition Dates: February 25–August 1 Artists’ Talk and Reception: Four Boston-area illustrators will talk about what it’s like to make artwork for children’s stories on March 9th, 12:15-1:30 (approximately) in the Hess Gallery! Stop in and meet the artists and look at some of the books they’ve worked on. Contact: Carolyn Wirth / firstname.lastname@example.org / 978.298.5210
The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College is pleased to present Drawing Stories: Four Boston-area Childrens’ Book Illustrators Show and Tell!
Renowned childrens’ book illustrators share their secrets. Whether they work digitally, paint, or cut paper, each illustrator displays original artwork alongside the published page. Their work both illuminates the text and becomes the story.
Says Toby Williams (top) “I grew up wanting to draw cartoons for the newspaper comic strips or comic books. Looking back to my childhood, I can’t remember NOT drawing. After high school, I went to Rhode Island School of Design to major in illustration but became intrigued with sculpture, which ended up as my major. In the mid-1980s, I began working with cut paper and enjoyed the sculptural challenges that paper presented. Using cut paper proved to be the perfect blend of illustration and sculpture for me. I like to create a feeling of activity using varieties of poses and bright colors as well as whimsical associations in the composition. My work has been used widely in the children’s market for textbooks, early readers, posters and other educational materials. I have also done a few trade books including, The Secret Treasures of Coco Island.”
Wayne Geehan has been an illustrator and commercial artist for over forty years. Wayne has illustrated over eighteen children’s books for various publishers, especially for Charlesbridge Publishing in Watertown, MA. So far, Wayne has illustrated twelve “Math Adventure” children’s books for Charlesbridge, many of which are in the show.
Ed Shems’ goal is to create a sub-story in each piece, so that viewers may visually decode the story in addition to reading the text. Providing a platform for readers to enjoy a purely visual narrative in the picture books he illustrates is Ed’s biggest satisfaction as an illustrator. He works digitally, in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Priscilla Alpaugh is the 2015 Winner of the Portfolio Showcase Award at the 2015 NESCBWI Spring conference. She has several publications to her credit, including Solomon Sire and the Fantastic Fib and Hold This! She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group and the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers and lives in Maynard, Massachusetts. You can see her work at www.PriscillaAlpaugh.com
About the Hess Gallery
Pine Manor College educates and empowers a diverse student body to become accomplished, reflective, and confident leaders—one student at a time. The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College is directed by Carolyn Wirth, and presents three to four shows a year. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Please check the website for hours and directions: www.pmc.edu/hess-gallery
Gallery hours are the same as Annenberg Library hours. Check the library website for new hours and more information: www.pmc.edu/library.
Top: “The Secret Treasures of Coco Island,” cut paper by Toby Williams
“Leaning Cow,” digital, by Ed Shems
Wayne Geehan, detail from “Troll Bridge,” acrylic on illustration board.