Monday, June 29, 2009

Beth Krommes at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Residents of Vermont and the world, listen up! The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center has a great exhibit going on until November 8, 2009! "The Poetry of Lines" features the watercolor and scratchboard illustrations of Caldecott winnning illustrator Beth Krommes. As you may recall, Beth was one of the participating illustrators from Chemers Gallery's 2008 Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing last December.

The Stories from The Hidden Folk; Watercolor/Scratchboard by Beth Krommes

Beth's unique illustrations are extremely labor-intensive. It's not uncommon for the artwork she creates for books to take anywhere from a year to a year and a half to complete. She begins with a simple board covered with a layer of white clay covered with a layer of black India ink. Beth scratches through the ink layers with sharp tools to expose the white underneath. Then she makes an archival copy of the black and white scratchboard on acid free paper, and watercolors by hand to bring each illustration to life.
Spittlebug from Butterfly Eyes; Watercolor/Scratchboard by Beth Krommes

On display in Brattleboro until the fall are 18 works on paper, as well as a wood engraving block and scratchboard. If you're in the area, be sure to take the opportunity to visit these spectacular works of art in person. You'll be amazed at the minute detail every one contains. Beth is a truly talented illustrator!

The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center's mission is to present art and ideas in ways that inspire, educate and engage people of all ages. Past exhibits have included an activity gallery filled with materials to create self-portraits and an interactive photobooth project, as well as installations by individual modern artists. To find out more and to plan your trip, visit their website.

If you can't make it to Vermont, come to Chemers Gallery to see these extraordinary illustrations in person. We also have a great selection of Beth's wood engravings on hand.

Stay tuned for information about the 2009 18th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing at Chemers Gallery! We're busy planning December's show already!

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