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  • Portsmouth Historical Society's Show + Tell Exhibition Explores the World of Local Children's Book Illustrators

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    PORTSMOUTH—Building on the success of its first-ever exhibition celebrating the extraordinary heritage of children’s books created in northern New England, the Portsmouth Historical Society opens a new exhibition, Show + Tell featuring illustrators even closer to home.

    The exhibition showcases original artwork by twenty illustrators and the continuing bookmaking station and reading nook. The Show + Tell exhibition is open daily
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m, through the end of the year. The exhibition is hosted in the Society’s galleries at 10 Middle St. in Portsmouth. Admission is free.
    Illustrators include well-known favorites: Joann Adinolfi (a.k.a. Josie James), Carey Armstrong-Ellis, Jeannie Brett, Jane Cowen-Fletcher, Ken Daley, Rebecca Dudley, Timothy B. Ering, Kim Ferreira, Marty Kelley, Scott Magoon, David McPhail, Hazel Mitchell, Ryan O’Rourke, Gina Perry, AJ Smith, Susan Spellman, Robert Squier, Nicole Tadgell, Jill Weber and Teri Weidner.
    “Pictures in books are the child's introduction to art. As our Imagine That! exhibition underscored, those illustrations make an indelible impression and can instill a lasting appreciation as the child grows up with books and art,” said Portsmouth Historical Society Executive Director Emma Stratton.

    “While Show & Tell continues our exploration of the visual grammar of line, color, shape and texture we hope the exhibition also extends the exchanges we observed so often – between adults and children and child to child – as they share the joyful experience of viewing the imaginative and beautiful worlds of the illustrators.”

    Sponsors for the exhibition include: Joseph MacDonald Family and Kennedy Gallery & Custom Framing. 
    Information on the latest events and virtual lectures are all available at:
    www.portsmouthhistory.org or by calling (603) 436-8433.