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Published 3/11/2004
"Every Picture Tells A Story" Exhibit to Appear At Owens' Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery in March and April

An array of handmade illustrations from children's books will be focal point of a new exhibit opening at Owens Community College's Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. The exhibition is entitled "Every Picture Tells A Story" and will feature original illustrations and a local collection by some of the nation's most famous children's artists, March 12 - April 10.

"'Every Picture Tells A Story' is a family oriented exhibit that community members of all ages will truly enjoy," said Wynn Perry, Owens Adjunct Faculty member who curates the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. "The art is both breathtaking, while at the same time refined and elegant."

Among the three prominent Ohio artists featured within the "Every Picture Tells A Story" exhibit are Wil Clay, Christopher Canyon and Drew Bairley. In addition, works from a local collection by the Russian illustrator, Gennady Spirin, also will be highlighted as part of the event.

Wil Clay is a Toledo native and best known for his award-winning children's books, storytelling and artistic expressions. The focus of Clay's work is creating illustrations designed to keep children reading. Knowing that children are fascinated with make-believe, he incorporates bright colors, foreign places, unusual tales and unique creatures into his works of art. Clay has illustrated a variety of books including "Auntee Edna", "The Real McCoy" and "I Am Rosa".

Drew Bairley is recognized for her Renaissance-influenced art that fills her canvases with extremely detailed flora and fauna. The Toledo native is a self-taught artist who credits Michelangelo and Rubens as inspiration for her work. Highlighting her first book, "Long Was the Winter Road They Traveled", are earth-toned oil paintings featuring animals and realistic human figures from the Nativity.

Nationally-known artist, musician and performer, Christopher Canyon, is widely regarded for his popular children's book illustrations. Two of his more popular books are "The Tree in the Ancient Forest" and "John Muir and the Brave Little Dog", both of which received the Benjamin Franklin Award for best-illustrated children's book of the year. In addition, he is an illustrator of a popular children's nature book series in Japan. Canyon resides in Columbus.

Gennady Spirin is the illustrator of more than 30 storybooks. A decorated artist, he has received very high acclaim for his tapestry-like decorative illustrations. Spirin's accolades include being awarded the Golden Apple Award at Biennale of Illustration in Bratislava, Slovakia, for "Marissa and Gnomes". Since 1992, he has won four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York for "Boots and the Glass Mountain", "The Children of Lir", "The Frog Princess" and "The Tale of Tsar Saltan". One of his more famous books in the United States is E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker".

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public, Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. In addition, the Art Gallery is open extended hours during Arts Presenting Season performances. For information about the exhibition, or the College's 2003- 04 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four- year college or university.


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