Be a child again at The Frick: Exhibit revisits book illustrations

February 8, 2012 12:00 am
  • Detail from "Hush-a-Bye, Baby" in "Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration."
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    Detail from "Hush-a-Bye, Baby" in "Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration." .
  • "Crow and Weasel on Horseback"  from "Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration" at The Frick.
    "Crow and Weasel on Horseback" from "Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration" at The Frick.
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Whether or not you have children, chances are you once were one. And if you were fortunate, books -- from your parents, the school library, a maiden aunt at Christmas -- were a part of your childhood. If so, there should be something for you in the all-ages exhibition "Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration."

"I hope everyone who comes in here will have a moment of reconnecting with his or her childhood," said Sarah Hall, director of curatorial affairs at The Frick Art & Historical Center, where the exhibition opens Saturday with a full free day of family fun and activities.

If you go

'Draw Me A Story: A Century of Children's Book Illustration' and 'Childhood at Clayton'

Where: The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze.

When: Saturday through May 20.

Family Day opening: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Children dressed as their favorite story book characters may have their pictures taken "next to the 'wildest thing' in the museum." Daylong family art activities include creating a book, a monster bookmark and a zany comic strip. Eat'n Park will provide complimentary Smiley Cookies. At 11 a.m., interactive puppet theater with Joann Kielar; noon, films, "Pete's a Pizza" and more William Steig stories; 1 p.m., storytelling and dancing with Tracie Yorke; 3 p.m., films, "Where the Wild Things Are" and five more stories by Maurice Sendak; 4 p.m., storytelling and dancing with Tracie Yorke. The Cafe at the Frick will offer a special children's menu of spaghetti and meatballs, peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese or chicken salad ($7 each).

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Admission: Free.

Events: Other free events include a 1 p.m. March 10 screening of the children's classic "The Phantom Tollbooth"; a Family Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 with guest readers to kick off National Library Week; and activities for ages 4-8 March 3, April 7 and May 5. Ages 8-12 decorate an ostrich egg March 31 ($20, member child $15, advance registration required).

Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925.
First Published 2012-02-11 01:57:52
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