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Family-Friendly Art Exhibit

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Art lovers young and old will enjoy the storybook art exhibit opening at Danville’s Village Theatre Art Gallery.

“The Storybook Makers: original art (and other really cool stuff) from contemporary children’s illustrators” is the latest exhibit to open on Thurs., May 1, at the Village Theatre Art Gallery, 233 Front St., Danville. Featuring over 30 artists from around the Bay Area and beyond, this delightful family-friendly exhibit will celebrate the fine art of children’s book illustrations May 1 through June 14. Don’t miss this marvelous opportunity to examine new work by today’s highly acclaimed illustrators and animators.

Highlights from featured artists in this exhibit include:

• Lisa Brown: This bestselling author and illustrator has just released a new book of illustrations, authored by husband, Lemony Snicket, “29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy.”

• Niki Mclure: Nikki creates extraordinary artwork with an X-acto knife, cutting out her images from a single sheet of paper. She is one of the more prominent visual artists involved with Olympia-based record label K and Kill Rock Stars. She produces her own posters, books, cards, t-shirts, a yearly calendar, and also designs covers for records and books.

• Pixar Animators Shaun Kim, Erik Oh, Michael Wu and Sungyeon Joh (aka Sansu): Come see 12 animated shorts from top talent at Pixar. Also, a special screening of “The Gruffalo,” produced by Magic Light Pictures based on the bestselling book by illustrator Axel Scheffler and author Julia Donaldson.

• Carson Ellis: Carson is an acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead, Dillweed’s Revenge” by Florence Parry Heide, and “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart.

• Lissa Rovetch: Artist, illustrator and author (including a regular contributor to Children’s Highlights “Ask Arizona”). Lissa is a creativity coach at Pixar University and is co-curator of this exhibit.

The opening reception is scheduled 5 – 8 p.m., Thurs., May 1 Thursday, May 1. There will be a special screening in the theatre from 7 – 8 p.m., featuring shorts created by the best animators around, including several Pixar artists. Refreshments include cupcakes from Miglets and small bites from The Prickly Pear.

There will also be an Art Chat 7 – 9 p.m., Wed., May 14, that will feature several artists from The Storybook Makers, including local illustrator and author Constance Anderson, Jim Averbeck, April Chu and Mira Reisberg. They will speak on a panel moderated by Michael Barnard, owner of Rakestraw Books. Topics will cover “Why Picture Books Matter” and the path to publishing a children’s book.

Featured Artists: Jon Agee, Constance Anderson, Jim Averbeck, Alexandra Boiger, Lisa Brown, April Chu, Julie Downing, Carson Ellis, Susan Gal, Christy Hale, Thacher Hurd, Sung Yeon Joh, Shaun Kim, Elisa Klevin, Jim LaMarche, Mary Lundquist, Lea Lyon, Gianna Marino, Amy Martin, Nikki McClure, Brian McMullen, Marissa Moss, Erick Oh, Kathryn Otoshi, Leuyen Pham, Mira Reisberg, Lissa Rovetch, Barney Saltzberg, J. Otto Seilbold, Teri Sloat, Dan San Souci, Karen Stanton, Katherine Tillotson, Maria Van Lieshout, Jane Wattenberg, Ashley Wolff and Michael Wu.