10/01/2008 - David Wiesner engages in the “art of visual storytelling.” Many of the books of this three-time Caldecott Medal-winning artist have no written words, though they always evoke narratives in the imagination.
The story behind one particular work, however, lies outside the picture. Last year, it was one of the hundreds of original postcard-sized artworks made and donated by acclaimed artists from Philadelphia and beyond for Dear Fleisher, 4x6 Inches of Art, the annual exhibition and sale at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Hundreds more—the same 4x6—are available at this event, scheduled for October 5.
The works are exhibited anonymously and sold first-come, firstserved, for $50 each. Proceeds help support Fleisher’s 110-year tradition of free art instruction for children and adults, which now amounts to more than 200 free classes and lowcost workshops for some 3,000 adults and 1,000 children annually, plus artist residencies in public schools that no longer have an art teacher on staff.
For more information on Dear Fleisher (the school or the event), visit www.fleisher.org.