This, however, was quite satisfying. The photos I took don't really capture the scope of "Cakeasaurus: Scenes from a Picture Book." It's one thing to have half-done sketches taped up on the dining room wall to spur one on; to have prints and sketches occupying a basement wall in order to work through a narrative -- but how different to see the story laid out, in public, across ten display panels, all properly framed, along with extra frippery and signage nonsense!
|Five display panels in back, cleverly paired with Janet Kelman's glass art|
|The cruelty of non-edible confections|
|Digital prints and original block prints share the wall|
|At the penultimate panel, but is it this story's end?|
|"One Fateful Night" print (L) vs. double page picture book layout|
|Possibly dingy at night, but wonderfully bright during the day|
|Special three panel version of "Cakeasaurus Left Happy for Another Day"...|
...Which led to failed attempts at recreating Cakeasaurus' triumphal strut. I may have been on a heavy prescription at the time. Still, a fairly accurate depiction of how it felt to see the exhibit up!
Here's hoping that adults and children who must frequent the hospital for any extended time will chance upon the exhibit, dive into the story, and be distracted from the heavier side of life.
We are fortunate to have top-notch hospitals in our community -- and that more hospitals have programs like "Gifts of Art," which connect art with healing and vitality. Check out their Facebook page and current gallery schedule here.