Children’s Picture Book in Art Gallery Window!

July RAL windowHappy Independence Day! Happy summer! For the month of July, my children’s picture book, Lonely Lola Ladybug, will be featured in the window of the RAL’s Studio Gallery, along with two framed original illustrations and three of my paintings! (Yup, that’s me in the reflection.) I have been an active member of the Rappahannock Art League and an exhibiting artist in the Studio Gallery since 2007. There are more of my paintings on display (and for sale) inside the Studio Gallery as well as many wonderful works by other local artists. Copies of Lonely Lola Ladybug are available year round in the gift shop.  If you’re in the neighborhood of 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia, stop by and also see the Small Works Exhibit July 1-31.

I am particularly proud about my book being in the gallery window because it represents a small victory for the art of children’s book illustration. Months ago, there was some discussion at the Gallery about this question, “Is featuring a children’s picture book appropriate for an Art Gallery?” I would be interested to know what you think.

15 thoughts on “Children’s Picture Book in Art Gallery Window!

  1. Never one to be shy about giving my opinion, I think good art is good Rt whether or not it is made for children. You are a fantStic artist and your book is jam packed with wonderful illustrations, so, yes, your book should be displayed and your art featured in a n art gallery. Just my opinion☺️. Marus

  2. Oh my goodness….how exciting, Mary Jo! And yes, this is a wonderful step forward for children’s picture books. I’ve always felt that the illustrations in picture books are a young child’s first contact with beautiful art. 😉
    Congratulations, Mary Jo!

  3. Good on you. Pleased for your success. I managed to sell one of my framed photos and a print in an art exhibition and happy with that too. It’s great when that happens

  4. I agree with all of you. Children’s books are a young person’s first exposure to art and is a very important part of children’s literature. When selecting a book to read or give to my grandkids, I look for a book where the illustrations are just as important as the story being told. Congratulations, Josie, on another accomplishment in your road to success.

  5. Dear Mary Jo:

    I am so happy for you that your Lola Ladybug children book is being featured in the Art Gallery. Much success with it and with your wonderful art in the RAL’ Studio Gallery. Solange

    • So true! The Eric Carle Museum is on my bucket list too. Did you know that the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia has an annual juried competition to showcase Illustrations from the year’s best children’s books published in the US?

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