The 440 Gallery presents From Mice to Monsters. Illustrations for Children, a national juried exhibition of artwork that appeals to children

. June 19, 2012

Brooklyn, NY — Stroller gridlock at coffee shops, children’s hair salons, Spanish and German language kinder-care and a Bean Sprouts pre-school – all are within a few blocks surrounding the 440 Gallery, clear evidence of Park Slope’s adoption of a child-centered culture. It’s not a surprise, also, to note that this neighborhood is home to many aspiring as well as award-winning children’s authors and illustrators. The time has come, at last, for 440 Gallery to host From Mice to Monsters: Illustrations for Children, its annual juried theme exhibition.

Kristiana Parn, The Great Bear and the Little Bear

This exhibition will feature children’s book illustrations, published and unpublished, and any work which focuses on children as an audience. The 41 artists selected for this show are from all over the country, and Brooklyn is well represented: Tenaya Anue, Tatiana Arocha, Susan Blanchard, Bonnie Branson, You Mee Cho, Jeffrey Chuang, Theresa Coulter, Kristin deNeeve, Nancy Doniger, Missy Hammond Dunaway, Lisa Falkenstern, Michelle Farkouh, Magge Gagliardi, Sarah Gramelspacher, Melissa Guion, Abigail Hanlon, Kievan Havens, Eri Honda, Allyn Howard, Michelle Kratchman-Garcia, Boris Kulikov, Joyce Leipertz, Kelly Light, Li Ma, Sine Morse, Kristen Orr, Kristiana Parn, Edie Pijpers, Kristian Rangel, Carolyn Schallmo, Corey Solinger, Christine Staehelin, Mariko Suzuki, Hala Swearingen, Peach Jin Tao, Cathie Urushibata, Ani Volkan, Aja Wells, Sara Woolley, Junko Yamada, Bill Zemen. The juror is Buket Erdogan, a Park Slope resident who has illustrated children’s books for Orchard Books, Simon and Schuster, and Harper Collins. Three of Buket’s “Mouse’s First” series were New York Times Best Sellers.

In order to accommodate young visitors to the gallery, work will be hung lower than usual, at a child’s eye level. A selection of the published works, including of Kulikov, Zemen, and juror Erdogan, will be available for sale at the Community Bookstore, a longtime Park Slope institution located at 143 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

In conjunction with this exhibition, 440 Gallery will host a series of Sunday artist talks and/or demonstrations. The events are planned for Sundays, July 15 and July 22, at 4:40 PM. Please check our website for details about these events.

From Mice to Monsters opens at the 440 Gallery, located at 440 Sixth Avenue in Brooklyn, on Thursday, June 28, and will run through Sunday, July 22, 2012. There will be a reception for the artists from 6:00-9:00 PM, Thursday, June 28. The 440 Gallery is in Park Slope, convenient to the F, M, and R subways. The gallery is open Thursday and Friday, 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, or by appointment. Check the gallery’s website,, for more information.

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