Mosesian Arts Hosts Exhibition of Children’s Picture Book Art

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Calef Brown

One of the pieces that will be featured in the Forever Young Exhibition. The art show at Mosesian Center for the Arts features illustrations from children's picture books, such as this one by Calef Brown.

Calef Brown

One of the pieces that will be featured in the Forever Young Exhibition. The art show at Mosesian Center for the Arts features illustrations from children’s picture books, such as this one by Calef Brown.

The Mosesian Center for the Arts announces Forever Young: Picture Book Art Exhibition on view now through September 15, 2017, the center announced.

Today’s picture book artists are some of the world’s most innovative visual artists – pushing boundaries with their use of both traditional and digital techniques. This juried exhibition celebrates a broad array of styles and mediums that will captivate audiences of all ages.

“Picture books are a child’s introduction to a lifelong love of art” says Director of Exhibitions Kimberly Thompson Panay. “We’re pleased to showcase works from more than 25 artists, from up-and-comers to well-known artists including Calef Brown, Jannie Ho, Leslie Patricelli, and more.”

The Exhibition juried in part by Nick Patton from the Picture Booking Podcast and Mela Bolinao of MB Artists also includes a Pop-up Picture Book Shop featuring books and prints of artwork on view.

Exhibiting artist Calef Brown explains that his “approach towards creating each book has varied somewhat from one to the next, but they all come out of a daily practice of writing and drawing in sketchbooks,” which are on display as part of the exhibition. He goes on to say “I hope the illustrations in my books are seen as joyful and engaging, but still retain an edge that keeps them from becoming too cute or decorative. I want my art to have enough complexity to keep the interest of both kids and adults and to entice them to return and find something new.”

Meet the artists from the exhibition at a free, family-friendly, Opening Reception party on Thursday, July 27th. Attendees are invited to take part in book readings, giveaways and art activities from 3:00 to 5:00pm, followed by a more traditional Opening Reception (with free munchies and cash bar) from 5:00 to 7:00pm. All are welcome to come for part or stay for the whole party. Special thanks to our partners Belmont Savings Bank and The Watertown Free Public Library.

The Exhibition includes works from Alik Arzoumanian, Rob Bolster, Robin Brickman, Emily Brodrick, Calef Brown, Melissa Chaney, Susanna Chapman, Melanie Christopher, Cara Coleman, Jef Czekaj, Mary DePalma, Leslie Evans, Maddie Frost, Jennifer Goldfinger, Jannie Ho, Donna Howard, Anne Hunter, Grace Julian Murthy, Jennifer Morgan, Jerry Pallotta, Leslie Patricelli, Kari Percival, Kirk Reedstrom, Dawn Scaltreto, Kimberly Thompson, Brendan Totten, Amy Young, Lei Zhang, Annie Zygarowicz

Forever Young: Picture Book Exhibition is on view and open to the public now through September 15th, Mondaythrough Friday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and during evening theater performances and special events. For more information about this exhibition and opening reception event please visit

About The Mosesian Center for the Arts

Located in just six miles from Downtown Boston, The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts) is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts venue located in Watertown, Massachusetts. This 30,000 sq. ft. former US Army arsenal is home to the 380-seat Main Stage Theater, a 100-seat Black Box theater, Exhibition Galleries, 2 Rehearsal Halls, Education Classrooms, and Resident Artist Studios. Offerings include visual and performing arts productions, classes, and workshops for all ages, literary/art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. The Center is home to the award-winning Watertown Children’s Theatre as well as New Repertory Theatre, Professional Theatre Company in residence.

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