Destination: 'Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: Raul Colon' at N.C. Museum of Art
Posted May 8, 2014
Editor's Note: Stephanie Beck, a WRAL-TV news producer, checked out a family-friendly exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art, which runs until July 27. I've seen the exhibit with my kids and highly recommend it. It's a great way to introduce kids to art. Once you see the pieces, you can sit down in a comfy chair in the exhibit and read the books, which are on display, to your kids. Beck shares more about the exhibit here.
The next time you need to find something to do indoors with the kids, consider the N.C. Museum of Art. Their latest exhibit may be just what you're looking for.
"Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: Raul Colon" gives you an overview of the work of Puerto-Rican born children's book illustrator Raul Colon. The 65 works come from a number of cultures. If you want to introduce your children to the stories ahead of time, you'll see works from "Dona Flor", "Tomas and the Library Lady" and even Jill Biden's book "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops."
Across the board, the images are warm and inviting, with bright faces and strong colors that dazzle the eye as you examine them. The characters have a level of humanity that you don't always see in adult art.
Colon creates that depth by starting each piece with watercolors, then using colored pencils and graphite pencils to define the characters. The last step is the use of a scratching tool to give each image more depth. Trust me, as soon as you see one of these pieces up close, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
You'll also see a series of illustrations from "Orson Blasts Off," the only children's book that Colon wrote as well as illustrated. The main character is a boy named Orson who loves playing with his computer and his phone and his video games, until his parents take them away. Orson learns to use his imagination, and Colon's illustrations take him to space, the polar regions, even to the sea.
"Tall Tales and Huge hearts: Raul Colon" was organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. It's here through July 27 in the East Building. Admission is free. Group tours are available four times a day, Tuesdays through Sundays. Contact the museum to reserve a spot.
This exhibit runs concurrently with "Estampas de la raza/ Prints for the People: The Romo Collection" That exhibit consists of 61 prints by 45 artists that showcase what it means to embrace Mexican heritage in American society. All the works on display were created within the last 30 years, so their cultural references are contemporary, and recognizable. Tickets to that exhibit are $5 each. Don't forget, the museum is closed on Mondays.
The museum is a perfect stop for Mother's Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibits also include one on motherhood. See Go Ask Mom's Mother's Day activity guide for details.