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Artful Alphabets: Five Picture Book Artists

June 11, 2011–November 6, 2011
Thoresen Picture Book Gallery Ryan Education Center

How do your children see the ABCs? Illustrator Mordicai Gerstein sees sculptural letters formed out of creatures. Chris Raschka portrays a man and his cat in an alphabet adventure. Mary Thelen’s colorful pictures of shapes and lines illustrate a toe-tapping text, while Stacy Innerst explores the world of music from A to Z in paintings on board and tin. Hand-colored woodblock prints by Mary Azarian explore the garden theme and expand vocabulary with word and picture. All of these artists prove that are as many artful ways to illustrate the ABCs as there are ways to see the world.

An entire alphabet soup of drawings, paintings, prints, and collages is on view in the Vitale Family Room in the Ryan Education Center. Along with these original illustrations are a variety of ABC books for you to share with your child. Get inspired and design your own alphabet letters, or fire up your imaginations and see how many letters you can find in the world around you.

Chris Raschka. Illustration from Talk to Me about the Alphabet, 2003. Henry Holt and Company.