More than 40 original works of art from the Mazza Museum will be featured in an exhibit titled “Turning the Page” at Strathmore, a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center in North Bethesda, Maryland, from June 11 to July 31. An opening reception will be held on June 16 at 7 p.m.
Located at the University of Findlay, the Mazza Museum’s collection includes over 10,000 pieces of artwork, making it one of the largest and most diverse collections of picture books in the world. The pieces featured in “Turning the Page” focus on picture book development.
“These are pieces that demonstrate the creation process of the artist, everything from preliminaries and rough sketches to the final artwork used in the book,” explained Dan Chudzinski, museum curator.
Included in the exhibit are a preliminary woodcut print and the actual carved wood block used to print a design in Shadow, the 1983 Caldecott Medal winner translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown, and “Going to the Ball” from her 1955 Caldecott Medal winner Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper. A piece from Steven Kellogg, “Pages 34/35” from Mike Fink will also be featured. Other artists included are Eric Carle, Blair Lent, Kevin Henkes and many others.
While “Turning the Page” is at Strathmore, the center will host a series of special events including panel discussions on children’s book illustrations over the centuries and the author-illustrator relationship as well as illustration classes for kids and families. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.
The mission of the Mazza Museum is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of children’s literature. It is a regional and national fine arts museum of extraordinary quality and uniqueness. It draws audiences from all over the country, and its regular programs for adults and children are well attended. For more information, visit www.mazzamuseum.org.