Graphic novels, greeting cards, children’s books, posters, magazine articles, game design, and character conceptualization are among the works to be featured in the upcoming il•lus•trate exhibition at St.Tammany Art Association. This exhibition will showcase the artwork of five working illustrators from around the country. These include Shiho Pate, an illustrator for Cartoon Network’s online games; Chris Hsu, illustrator for The Boo-Boos that Changed the World and Appleseed Magazine; Britt Spencer, illustrator of three children’s books and the graphic novel Journey By Starlight; Lindsay Ryden, designer of the humorous Real Life Musings greeting cards and illustrator of Frank the Chair Visits Kansas; and Hannah Gumbo, illustrator of the upcoming The Book That Wanted to Be Red. These artists bring characters, stories, and emotions to life through both traditional and digital media with their unique styles of art-making. (Below: Britt Spencer, STAA il•lus•trate)
In conjunction with the exhibition, several workshops and educational events are being offered for children and teens. These include a book cover design workshop with Hannah Gumbo on April 21 and a character design workshop with Shiho Pate on April 28. The fee for each workshop is $25, and pre-registration is required. An artists’ panel discussion also will be held at the Art House on May 5. This event is free and open to the public, and provides an excellent opportunity for students and adults interested in careers in the arts to meet working artists and ask them questions. Additionally, the Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library will provide further educational programming including a story-time and craft event for children ages 5-11, featuring Hannah’s Gumbo’s The Book that Wanted to be Red on April 21 and a video-game illustration workshop for teens with Shiho Pate on April 28. The library offerings are free, but pre-registration is required. Registration for all youth events is required via online registration found at the art house website: sttammanyartassociation.org
The opening reception of il•lus•trate will be held in conjunction with Spring for Art on Saturday, April 14 from 6 – 9 pm. The event will be preceded by A Taste of Covington’s Festa Del Vino with Mayor Mike Cooper, a ticketed event hosted in the Art House.
St Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N Columbia Street in historic downtown. Covington. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Il•lus•trate will remain on view in the Miriam Barranger Gallery through May 26.