LEWISTON, Maine – The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College is presenting its summer exhibition “Tell Me a Story: Folktales and World Cultures” featuring children’s book illustrations by 13 Maine artists. The exhibition of over 75 illustrations continues through August 12.
Artists in the exhibition are Holly Berry, Waldoboro; Ashley Bryan, Islesford; Aileen Darragh, Sanford; Jamie Hogan, Peaks Island; Wendy Kindred, Portland; Holly Meade, Sedgwick; Leane Morin, Augusta; Anne Sibley O’Brien, Peaks Island; Mary Beth Owens, Walpole; Rebekah Raye, Blue Hill; Robert Shetterly, Brooksville; Helen Stevens, Gardiner; and Melissa Sweet, Rockport. There are illustrations from more than 30 books representing a variety of cultures, from traditional folktales to others based on true stories. Internationally known artist Ashley Bryan has many illustrations from his award-winning books on African folktales. There is a selection of his puppets made from materials he finds near his home on Islesford, an island off the coast of Maine. The exhibition features a ongoing video of Ashley Bryan.
Audrey Maynard, children’s book editor for Tilbury House Publishers, remarks in the exhibition essay about the changes in the world of children’s literature over the past 25 years. She notes that “from the careful renditions of the birchbark artistry of Passamaquoddy baskets, to the use of Romanian folkloric patterns, to the replication of Iranian rug designs, these illustrators worked with diligence to produce beautiful art that is culturally sensitive, accurate, and non-stereotypic…These are powerful stories that have been written to encourage young children to value the beauty and diversity of our world and to protect its handmade and distinctive qualities.”" She continues, “In the best multi-cultural books, it is often the illustrations that will light the way for the reader to embark on a unique journey of discovery.”
USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College at 51 Westminster Street in Lewiston offers interdisciplinary bachelor and graduate degree programs with both online and on-site classes.
The exhibition continues through August 12. The Atrium Art Gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 753-6500 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/lac/art.
Contact Name: Robyn Holman
Telephone Number: (207)753-6554