Our new exhibition, From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick, is an amazing showcase of illustrations by author and illustrator Brian Selznick. The illustrations are accompanied by the book, allowing visitors to put each image into the context of the story and see the other illustrations that are not presented in the show.
So, who is Brian Selznick? After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Selznick wrote and illustrated his first book, The Houdini Box (1991), while working at Eeyore's books for Children in Manhattan. Since then, he has illustrated many books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, and Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
He received a 2002 Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal for his innovative, cinematic The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 526-page book told in words and pictures — nearly 300 pages of pictures! — that he both authored and illustrated, and which has been made into a film, Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese that will be released in theaters this month.
Our creative and talented staff in the Education department put together the Room of Wonders, an interactive gallery that will take children out of the tangible world, and into the realm of the impossible with activities and exciting ways to engage with art.
We didn't stop at the Room of Wonders, there are other exciting kid-friendly/family oriented events planned this month. Enjoy something new and fun with the family on Saturday mornings with our monthly program, Family Studio (Saturday, November 5, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm). Drop in at the Dixon to create magnificent works of art, play a game, solve a puzzle, or explore the world of art through children’s books with your family. We have projects and tools for all ages. This month's Family Studio has extended hours to fit more activities based on From Houdini to Hugo.
The fun doesn't stop there! Our popular Family Day is coming up next week (Saturday, November 12, from 10 am - 2 pm) and we will have more of what you love - games, activities, contests, face painting - plus many more exciting extras to look forward to, all with a Selznick twist! You don't want to miss this last Family Day of 2011, full of wonder and magic, surrounded by beautiful art and gardens.
New Family/ Dual membership levels and above will receive the following:
- 20% off any one item at Booksellers of Laurelwood
- Advance opportunities to see the premiere of the film "Hugo" at Malco Theatres
- Already a member? Give a Gift Membership and receive a free dessert (with purchase of an entrée) at The Booksellers Bistro