Exhibit Offers Colorful Kid Works

ST. MARYS — A local arts center is hosting works by a Fort Wayne-based author and illustrator through an exhibit that runs through next year.

“Lynn Rowe Reed: Roscoe and the Pelican Rescue” opened at Arts Place’s Collective Center on Nov. 16. The exhibit, which is on loan from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, will run through Jan. 3, 2012.

The exhibit features a series of reproductions created from the children’s book, “Roscoe and the Pelican Rescue.”

“Lynn Rowe Reed tells the story of a family visiting Cousin Addison in Louisiana,” according to a news release from Arts Place. “Their vacation takes an unexpected turn when they try to spend a day at the beach, only to find that it is closed because it has been badly polluted with oil washing up on the shore. When the family’s golden retriever, Roscoe, discovers an oil-covered pelican, the family rallies to help clean up the beach and care for local animals after the devastating oil spill.”

According to her website, LynnRoweReed.com, Reed “is a prolific author/illustrator with 16 illustrated picture books to her credit, nine of which she has also written. All of her books have been published by New York publishers, including Random House, Disney, Farrar Straus Giroux, and Holiday House, Marshall Cavendish and Roaring Brook Press.”

Reed’s work, which spans two decades, includes the illustrations for the hugely successful “Punctuation Takes A Vacation.” Her work from “Pedro, His Perro and the Alphabet Sombrero” was selected for a Best in Children’s Book Illustration show at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City.

According to her website, Reed works primarily in acrylic and gouache.

She also incorporates scanned and photographed images into many of her painted images, manipulating them in Photoshop. In addition to her many book titles, she has also illustrated for The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and many national publications and advertising agencies.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get your kids out,” Collective Center Director Hope McKnight said of the exhibit. “It is going to be a really bright, colorful, fun exhibit.”

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours at the Collective Center are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information contact, McKnight at 419-394-0707 or by e-mail at thecollectivecenter@artsland.org.

Arts Place receives funding help from The Ohio Arts Council with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.