In the Picture Books: Gallery of Art Showcases Charlesbridge Illustrations

The Belmont Gallery of Art Spring 2014 exhibit, “Books on the Charles – 25 years of Charlesbridge Picture Book Illustrators” continues now through May 17. This special exhibit celebrates 15 New England-area picture book artists who have created art for Charlesbridge Publishing, Watertown’s award-winning children’s book publisher.

Featured illustrators in “Books on the Charles” include Jef Czekaj, David McPhail, Jamie Hogan, Robin Brickman, Tim Jones, Ryan O’Rourke, Brian Lies, David Hyde Costello, Wayne Geehan, Rob Bolster, Alan Witschonke, Judy Love, Leslie Evans, Ralph Masiello and Nicole Wong.

“We’re so pleased to be working with the Belmont Gallery of Art,” says Donna Spurlock, Marketing Director for Charlesbridge Publishing.

“For 25 years we’ve been very lucky to be working with extremely talented artists creating beautiful picture books for young readers. It’s wonderful to see so much of their work displayed in this show celebrating the unique art of children’s book illustration.”

The nearly 100 original works – many for sale – in “Books on the Charles” showcase a wide range of artistic techniques and visual storytelling styles ranging from whimsical pen and ink drawings to three-dimensional collages to delicate impressionistic watercolors to bold and realistic acrylic paintings to textured linocuts, with each page displayed reflecting that particular artist’s unique approach to bringing the reader inside the world of a picture book.

The BGA’s Books on the Charles show also includes several special exhibit events, including a visit with author/illustrator Leslie Evans taking place at the Belmont Public Library, Wednesday, May 14 during Children’s Book Week.

The Belmont Gallery of Art is located in the Homer Bldg., Town Hall Complex, 19 Moore St., Belmont Center (just off Leonard St., behind Belmont Savings Bank).

Gallery hours are Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday., 1 p.m. to  4 p.m. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

You can also visit the Belmont Gallery of Art’s website at for more details.