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June Issue 2005
Franklin G. Burroughs Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Exhibit of Art from Children's Books
A 16-foot brush mobile; a life-size recreation
of the "green room" from well-known children's book
Goodnight Moon; and art galore are just some of the things
Museum-goers will enjoy at the Burroughs - Chapin Art Museum's
summer exhibit From Goodnight Moon to Art Dog: The World of
Clement, Edith and Thacher Hurd. The exhibit will be on view
at the Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, from June 9 through Sept. 11,
Artwork includes more than 70 original illustrations by Clement Hurd and son Thacher Hurd including watercolor, pen and ink sketches, woodcuts, drawing and tempera paintings. These works show the artistic progression involved in creating a picture book.
"For children, this exhibit could open their eyes to the exciting world of art and literature, and for adults, it will bring back the simplicity of childhood," Patricia Goodwin, Museum Executive Director said. "There is something appealing for everyone."
The exhibit, From Goodnight Moon to Art Dog: The World of Clement, Edith, and Thacher Hurd, resulted in Vermont from a cooperative effort between the Shelburne Museum and second-generation children's book illustrator Thacher Hurd and includes work from both generations of Hurds.
The family trend started when Clement Hurd began illustrating children's books in 1940 after encouragement from author Margaret Wise Brown. The two collaborated and Hurd became famous for his semi-abstract style with the 1942 publication of Runaway Bunny and 1947 publication of Goodnight Moon.
Clement and Edith Hurd worked together to produce two of the most popular 1960's children's books Johnny Lion's Book and Come and Have Fun.
Children today still read many of the Hurds' early books, as well as, the more contemporary works of Clement and Edith's son Thacher. Thacher Hurd is recognized for his books Art Dog and Mystery On The Docks and is introducing a new work Sleepy Cadillac.
On June 11, 2005, in celebration of the new exhibit, the Art Museum board, staff and volunteers will host a day of reading, singing, dancing and general fun-having at "Free Family Day at the Art Museum: Art and Stories".
In addition to the exciting features of the exhibit, Museum visitors may enjoy making an Art Dog or Runaway Bunny mask, listening to local celebrities like Ed Piatrowski and Bob Bestler read their favorite books or attending a seminar on writing children's books by local author Donna Tyson. Author Thacher Hurd will also be speaking at the Free Family Day.
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Gallery listings, call the museum at 843/238-2510, e-mail to (email@example.com)
or at (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).
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