The Art of Jerry Pinkney displays almost five decades of work by the celebrated Philadelphia-born illustrator. He is well-known for spellbinding visual narratives that bring to life classic children’s literature, folktales, and trailblazing explorations of the American story.

The exhibition comprises more than one hundred images, includingdesigns for record album covers, commissions for African American historic sites, andluminous illustrations from his award-winning children’s books—including The Lion and the Mouse, winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal—all of which trace Pinkney’s artistic journey as one of the United States’ finest visual storytellers. This exhibition is part ofArt Splash, a suite of five family-friendly exhibitions, interactive art and play zones, and daily family programsin the Perelman Building from June 28 to September 2, 2013.

 

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The show explores Pinkney’s achievements as a designer, with images for advertising, book jackets, and record album covers. In 1984 he created a series of calendar illustrations for the Smirnoff Company honoring jazz greats of the Harlem Renaissance. These watercolors combine figures, text, and graphic elements to create playful images that reflect the improvisational nature of jazz as well as the individual quirks of each musician. Jazz Greats (Coleman Hawkins) shows the tenor saxophonist and his band at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.

 

Illustrations of classic folktalesand fairy tales anchor the exhibition and have long been Pinkney’s signature work. He has illustrated more thanone hundredbooks, bringing national attention to African American cultureas well as reinterpreting Europeanfablesandstories likeThe Little Match Girland Little Red Riding Hood. With the writerJulius Lester in the 1980s,

Pinkney took a fresh look tattletales of Uncle Remus, illustrating the puckishness of Brer Rabbit and his associates without evoking connotations of slavery.

 

Pinkney not only reinterpreted European tales with black protagonists but also developed work that depicted the everyday life of African Americans. Many of the works in this section reflect his personal experiences of faith and family. Illustrations for Mirandy and Brother Wind and The Patchwork Quilt (a Reading Rainbow book) celebrate African American traditions, while The Sunday Outing, a story by the artist’s wife, Gloria Jean Pinkney,shows Christian imagery that is also seen in Pinkney’sBible illustrations. In Opening of the Red Sea, frothy walls of water peel away from acolumn of migrants moving along the sandy ocean floor, showing the frailty of human life preserved by divine grace.

 

A detailed observer of the American visual landscape, Pinkney humanizes historical events with care and empathy. His work for National Geographic magazine, the National Park Service, and the US Postal Serviceportrayed the contributions that African Americans have made to the history of this country.In Mary, done for the African Burial GroundInterpretive Centerin New York, a woman holdsa hoe in her hand and a baby on her back, showing the drudgery and pain of slavery, while Plural Response, a series for the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail,shows a variety of folk, from a sharecropper to a store proprietor, on the march for civil rights.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 has been declared Jerry Pinkney Day throughout Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The offices of the First Lady Susan Corbett, State Senator Larry Farnese, State Representative Michelle Brownlee, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and City Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steueron behalf of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, will be at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to present the artist with letters of commendation from US Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz and the office of Governor Corbett.f

 

The Wildwoods, NJ – June 24, 2013 – In addition to indulging in mouthwatering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork while enjoying some of the best Blues music at the Jersey shore, the 15th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival in the Wildwoods taking place in North Wildwood at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14.

 

The Festival will also feature a Cooking Class on preparing succulent Ribs on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. hosted by Alyson Lupinetti, the reigning “Best Ribs in Jersey” winner. Alyson will be teaching the secrets to her award-winning pulled pork and ribs. Alyson, daughter of famed Pit master Butch Lupinetti, is co-owner of Butch’s Smack Your Lips, a competition barbecue team and “ribber” of national renown. Every year Alyson and her crew travel to the largest barbecue events in the country, serving their multi-award winning ribs, brisket, pork and chicken to tens of thousands of people.

The three-day festival will feature barbeque teams from around the country showing off their grill skills in a quest for the best barbeque. Teams will compete for glory by attempting to create masterfully marinated and seasoned meals, grilled to perfection, in order to earn the title of Grand Champion and prove that barbequing is nothing less than an art. The festival will also feature FREE live Blues music performed by some of the region’s most soulful artists.

 

The festival kicks off Friday, July 12 with an Opening Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday’s festivities will include the Fun and Games Crew from Cat Country 107.3, along with some of the best barbeque in the state and FREE Blues performances from 4-7 p.m. by Dockta D, and the Infirmary Bluebone from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

 

Saturday’s festival hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Events will include the new cooking class at 11 a.m.; a live broadcast from New Jersey 101.5 featuring Big Joe Henry; a Bud Light Wing Challenge at 2:30 p.m.; and a surprise ingredient, dessert and sauce contest at 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy FREE live musical sets featuring the Blue Voodoo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; the BC Combo from 4-7 p.m.; and Frank Bey and the Anthony Paul Blues Band from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

 

The festival concludes on Sunday, June 14 with a live broadcast by SoJo 104.9 at 11 a.m. Judging for the 2013 Barbeque Grand Championship – conducted by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and a panel of volunteer judges – begins at noon, with the awards ceremony commencing at 4:30 p.m. FREE live Blues performances continue with Pinewolf and the Pack from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and April Mae and the June Bugs from 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. The festival ends at 6 p.m.

The 15th  Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival is a celebration of great food, great music and family fun you won’t want to miss so pack up your appetite and groove to the blues in the Wildwoods July 12-14! Admission is FREE.

 

For additional information, call 609-523-6565 or visit www.njbbq.com or www.angleseablues.com.  

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.