Studio to Storybook: The Art of Illustration

DECEMBER 8, 2018 - JANUARY 26, 2019

Reception: DECEMBER 8, 2018 at 1-4 PM

Linda Bourke, Alex Gerasev, Manette Jungels and Nicole Wong

Studio to Storybook: The Art of Illustration is an intimate look at the process of four artists as they take the words of a writer and design a children’s book around them.

From storyboard to the finished book, the exhibit features sketches, drawings, early abandoned paintings or ideas, original watercolors, and sources of inspiration. Curated by Manette Jungels.

Linda Bourke

Linda Bourke has written and illustrated many books for kids, including Eye Spy, A Show of Hands, Pooch Smooch and Thursday! She is Professor Emeritus from Mass College of Art and Design, where she was chair of the Illustration Department. Linda’s current work includes life-size puppets and other 3D constructions.

Alex Gerasev

Alex Gerasev is an illustrator, painter, printmaker and muralist known for his bold lines, exquisite craftsmanship and intriguing imagery. Gerasev grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and studied at the Repin Academy of Fine Arts. His work is exhibited internationally and is held in private and public collections throughout the US and Europe, including Boston Public Library, Boston Athenæum, the Marriott Hotel of Watertown, St. Mark’s School, The Pushkin Museum, and Deutsche Immobilien Fonds AG.

Since 2000, Gerasev has been an executive Board member of the Boston Printmakers. He is a faculty member of the Illustration Department of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and resides in the Boston area. 

Manette Jungels

Manette Jungels started painting in 2002 in oils. Her paintings are predominately figurative, she refers to them as interior landscapes. These paintings are a mix of the concrete world she lives in and of her interior world. It was with great delight that she accepted the invitation to illustrate Cheryl Wheeler’s song My Inflatable Plane. Learning to paint the dogs she loves and the world they (Cheryl, Tanner, Kitty, Finn, Cielo, Licorice, Willow and Colby) all share has been the best of fun and a great learning experience. 

Manette graduated from RISD with a BFA in Glass/Sculpture in 1980 and a MAT in 1993. She studied theater and dance at the Trinity Rep Conservatory and graduated in 1983. She taught in the Providence Public School system for 14 years and spent three years in Seattle working with glass artists. 

Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Her award-winning work has been featured in more than couple of dozen children’s trade and educational books. Some recent titles illustrated include : SWEET DREAMINGwritten by Julia Rawlinson, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky ; FLYING DEEPwritten by Michelle Cusolito, Charlesbridge Publishing ; BLUECROWNE : A GREENGLASS HOUSE STORY written by Kate Milford, Clarion Books. She was born and currently lives in Fall River, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter and mean kitty and happy pup.