Art exhibit to feature husband and wife illustrators

PLAINVIEW - Vivid colors and comical cows will share the space in Wayland Baptist University's Abraham Art Gallery for the newest exhibit featuring the best of work by children's book illustrators Ted and Betsy Lewin.

Composed primarily of watercolor works, the exhibit features 78 illustrations from several books the Lewins have collaborated on - including Peppe the Lamplighter, written by Elisa Bartone and illustrated by Ted, and Giggle, Giggle, Quack, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy - and a few they even wrote, such as Red Legs: A Drummer Boy of the Civil War, written and illustrated by Ted. The two collaborated artistically on Gorilla Walk and Elephant Quest, presenting work from the couple's many safaris.

The couple has been honored for their work, with Peppe named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1994 and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (written by Cronin) named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2001. The Caldecott Medal (and honors for other outstanding books) is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Ted Lewin has illustrated more than 70 books and his biographical book I Was A Teenage Professional Wrestler earned citations from the Booklist Editor's Choice List and the School Library Journal Best Books and the ALA Notable Book. A graduate of Pratt Institute of Art, he was influenced by the works of N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, and his predominant medium is realistic, detailed watercolor.

With more than 50 books for children under her belt, Betsy Lewin displays a style very different from her husband's but equally admired by young readers. Also a graduate of the Pratt Institute, Lewin is noted for her lively, comic whimsy that characterizes her work, and she found influence from the works of Beatrix Potter, James Stevenson and Quentin Blake.

The exhibit is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and is funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts. The exhibit at Wayland is free to the public during regular gallery hours.

For more information, call the gallery at 291-3710.