“Ohio: The Start of it All,” an exhibition of 18 original children’s book illustrations from the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, will be featured in historic Lakeside Chautaqua’s Hoover Auditorium from June 16-30.
A free, public gallery talk and reception will be held on Monday, June 18. Museum curator and Fremont, Ohio native Daniel Chudzinski will speak at 3:30 p.m. at the auditorium, located on West Third Street in Lakeside, Marblehead. The reception will follow at the cottages of Bill ’71 and Anne ’70 (Dehaven) Barkalow, 106 and 110 Lakeshore Drive, Marblehead.
The “Ohio: The Start of it All” exhibition is an artistic celebration of Ohio innovations that changed the world and shaped contemporary culture,” Chudzinski explains. “Viewers will leave with a greater appreciation for the ‘Buckeye State,’ as they revisit original illustrations from some of their favorite picture books accompanied by an amusing array of Ohio trivia.”
Complimentary Lakeside gate passes will be provided to those who mention they are University of Findlay Mazza Museum guests, and parking will be free. A free shuttle will be available from the reception site to the exhibit and back to the reception; if needed, be sure to select that option when registering.
Registration for the gallery talk and reception are required by June 11.
June 18 reception participants are also encouraged to visit two other presentations being offered earlier that day at Lakeside’s Hoover Auditorium:
- Jill Hardie, author of “The Sparkle Box,” will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
- Richard Cowdrey, a children’s book illustrator whose work is featured in the Mazza Museum, will speak from 1:30-3 p.m.
No reservations are required for the Hardie and Cowdrey presentations.
The Mazza Museum is home to the most diverse collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The Museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of picture books.
Along with its own exhibits, the Museum regularly provides enriching and entertaining experiences for visitors of all ages. Also, its traveling exhibits are bringing additional fun visual literacy opportunities for those throughout Ohio and the nation. The “Ohio: The Start of it All” collection was previously featured in the Riffe Gallery, located in the Verne Riffe Center for the Government and Arts in Columbus, Ohio.