Jerry Pinkney

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When Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania declared June 26 as Jerry Pinkney Day earlier this year, it’s likely only a dedicated few celebrated or even heard of it, other than those at the art museum’s reception, including Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz. But if you’ve got kids, it’s likely the Germantown-born children’s book illustrator has hit your radar screen more than once during his career, as he’s drawn for over 100 books in 50 years and won numerous awards, including the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse, his wordless picture-book retelling of one of Aesop’s classic fables.

The city is celebrating its beloved son with two prominent art shows featuring Pinkney’s work and his story. One, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, which opened on June 28, showcases a collection of his drawings and watercolors and is part of the museum’s family-friendly Art Splash program. The other, Drawing on the Reverse Side: The Art and Life of Jerry Pinkney, debuted four days prior at the Free Library’s Central Branch, looking at Pinkney’s local ties and family roots in Philadelphia, as well as the creative process that went into some of his acclaimed work.

For tonight’s event at the Free Library, Pinkney will be on hand to discuss those works of art and answer audience questions. / Randy LoBasso

Free. 7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch. 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
 

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Monday, July 15, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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7:30pm. Free

WHERE
Central Library , 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 07/15/2013. .

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