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"Charmed: The Art of Chris Raschka"
2003-01-31 until 2003-03-24
Thurber House Gallery
Columbus, OH, USA United States of America

The Thurber Center Gallery is proud to welcome Caldecott Honor–winner Chris Raschka and more than forty of his works for Charmed: The Art of Chris Raschka, the Thurber Center Gallery’s first 2003 show and sale. Chris Raschka has illustrated a wide range of books, from e.e. cummings’ poetry to a children’s book by Nikki Giovanni to a hilarious compendium of table manners. Raschka wrote and illustrated Yo! Yes?, which not only won a Caldecott Honor but also was included as one of School Library Journal’s One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century. His Mysterious Thelonius and A Poke in the I each were named a Best Illustrated Book of the Year by the New York Times.

While in Columbus, Raschka will visit with children at the Main and Northern Lights branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and spend a day in activities with the students of Ohio Avenue Elementary, thanks to the support of the State Library of Ohio and National City Bank. He will also deliver a visiting artist lecture to students at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Thurber Center Gallery will host a free, public opening reception with Chris Raschka on Thursday, January 30, 5:30–8:00 p.m. The reception will celebrate the publication of his terrific new book for kids, Be Boy Buzz, by bell hooks, and will include art and book sales, refreshments, and book signing by the author. All sales support Thurber House and its programs.

Lead support for this exhibition has been generously provided by the State Library of Ohio’s Ohio Center for the Book, with additional support from National City Bank, the Columbus Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House (James’s home during his college years at Ohio State University) is a literary center, bookstore, and museum of Thurber materials. With the Thurber Center, an adjacent contemporary conference and classroom facility, Thurber House’s programs include writing classes, author readings, gallery exhibitions, Thurber celebrations, and events for children.

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