Golden Legacy is Filled With Color

children's illustration art show at Memorial art gallery
{I’m all smiles at the Golden Legacy children’s illustration show!}

It’s a rare occurrence here in Rochester when an museum art show relates so directly to what I do and love. The opportunity wasn’t wasted! D and I ended the holiday season by seeing the exhibition: GOLDEN LEGACY, 65 years of Golden Books at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. It’s a show celebrating the artists who illustrated the hugely popular Little Golden Books series, created by Random House in the 1940’s. By mass producing these smaller picture books, Random House made buying children’s books more affordable and gave greater access to good quality stories and illustrations.

illustration from Little Boy with BIg Horn, 1950
{It was thrilling to see the actual pieces of artwork from the books}

D and I went to see the show on a Saturday afternoon and it was refreshing to see the museum humming with activity. Old and young were enjoying the picture book framed artwork! There were many moments of “OH, I remember this!” from myself and others around me. The museum had even set of reading nooks in several spots through the gallery where they placed a cozy love seat and a bookshelf with donated Little Golden Books. This show received over 600 donated books!

Sadly, photos were not allowed inside the exhibition. But let me tell you that the colors of the artwork were very vibrant and made me giddy! It was very interesting to notice that most of the illustrators used gouache and watercolor for their art (just like me).

Although I can’t show you photographs of the hanging art I can show you samples of work from a few of my favorite artists we saw by sharing pages from this book:

Everything I Need to Know I learned from a LIttle Golden BOok

D and I saw illustrations from Tibor Gergely and Mary Blair,

Mary Blair I can Fly
{Tibor Gergely left and Mary Blair right}

JP Miller and Aurelius Battaglia,

JPMiller
{JP Miller left and Battaglia right}

and finally we saw a illustrations by Richard Scarry’s from Chicken Little !

RichardScary { a spread from CHICKEN LITTLE illustrated by Richard Scarry, 1960}

I’m not sure if this show is traveling around (I hope it is), so keep your eyes out for it in your neck of the woods. It’s worth seeing!

Do you have a memory about or favorite Little Golden Book?