Virginia Living Museum
March 15 - April 27, 2014
(Monday-Saturday) and Noon-5pm (Sundays)
Cost: Exhibit included in general museum admission. VLM members free, non-members $17 adults, $13 children (ages 3-12).
The whimsical and delightfully colorful works
by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) are returning to the Virginia Living Museum March 15 - April 27, 2014. The exhibit
debuted Feb. 27, 2010 through April 25, 2010 and met with rave
reviews. Harper's work has fostered environmental stewardship in those
who view his work and his creativity takes you on a artistic and
environmental journey shared by people of all ages. The exhibit is
centered around the personal collection of Executive Director of the
Virginia Living Museum, Page Hayhurst and her family.
Charley Harper's life-long love of nature
inspired his work in this wonderful collection entitled "Beguiled by the
Wild". Harper was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints,
posters an book illustrations. He called his style "minimal realism,"
capturing the essence of his subjects with the
fewest possible visual elements. Using graphic shapes and bold colors,
Harper distilled and simplified complex elements.
This exhibit also includes
interactive art activities that educate visitors in Harper's style
(tangrams, large puzzles, alphabet art table and rubbing stations).
His nature-oriented artwork is often contrasted
with the realism of John James Audubon and the simplicity found in
Inuit Art. Harper used many media in his artwork, though he is best
known for his serigraph prints. Best known for the children's book “The
Golden Book of Biology,” Harper was an extraordinarily prolific graphic
designer contributing his unique, geometric style to a wide range of
publications. This exhibit is sure to delight and entertain the art
lover an animal lover alike!