Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children’s Books

November 4 – December 9, 2011
Traditional and contemporary fairy tales illustrated by prize winning contemporary artists.

November 4 – December 9, 2011

Selby Galleries I & II: Traditional and contemporary fairy tales illustrated by prize winning contemporary artists such as: Kinuko Y. Craft, Trina Schart Hyman, Barry Moser, Demi, Susan Paradis, Marilee Heyer, Jane Dyer and Jim LaMarche. Curated by Sylvia Nissley, Tour Management by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri.

Fairy tales offer a magic carpet ride, to a timeless, enchanted, dreamlike world. The origins and history of fairy tales reaches back to ancient times. These magical stories were told and retold by storytellers in civilizations of China, Egypt and India. Women recounted the stories from generation to generation. Often the heroine was given magical powers and miraculous rescues. For years the stories were told to adults to uplift them from the world of drudgery by sharing a glimpse of another land. Before these spoken tales became recorded narratives, the details of the stories were modified in the retelling over centuries.

The fairy tales and folk tales featured in the exhibit celebrate stories handed down through the ages that echo the wisdom of past cultures and honor the symbolic and metaphoric language of the stories. Traditional stories such as: The Firebird, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Little Red Riding Hood will be included along with modern versions such as Cinderella’s Dress, Child of the Faerie: Child of the Earth and The Hungry Coat.

Kinuko Y. Craft, The Fairy Godmother, Oil on board, 9.5”x 12.25”, 2000

The exhibition and all events and programs are free and open to the public:

[CURATOR TALK & PREVIEW] Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, 7 p.m. Curator, Sylvia Nissley, will talk about the exhibition and the artists represented.

[OPENING RECEPTION] Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments served.

[FAMILY STORY TIME] Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, 10:00 a.m. A fun hour for all ages with Beth Duda —actor, playwright and head of education at the renowned Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL—reading selected favorite and new fairy tales represented in the exhibition. RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

[DIRECTOR’S TOUR] Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, 11:30 a.m. Learn more about the illustrators and their work—conducted by Selby Gallery Director, Kevin Dean.

[CURATOR, SYLVIA NISSLEY] Sylvia Nissley is an independent curator with a passion for the world of children’s picture books. Ms. Nissley relocated to Sarasota from northern California where she studied Arts Administration, worked in galleries and arts organizations and promoted the work of regional artists. Nissley has organized numerous exhibitions including Fairy Tale Art- Illustrations from Children’s Books. For three years this collection of original art from fairy tale books has delighted visitors during a tour of museums, art centers and universities throughout the United States. The Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design is the final venue for this popular exhibition.

“Often the creative excellence of art in picture books is overlooked. My work is to bring attention to the art of illustration in traveling exhibitions that are seen by thousands of visitors.” —Sylvia Nissley

Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Tues., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100
Email: selby@ringling.edu
Web: www.ringling.edu/selbygallery

Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one- half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.