Virginia Living Museum
The whimsical and delightfully colorful works by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007)are now available for rental through the Virginia Living Museum. The exhibit first debuted February 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 traveling 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!
Exhibit Contents Includes:
- 23 Framed Serigraphs
- Artwork Labels
- 1 Framed National Parks Service Poster
- 6 Rubbing Stations
- 4 Tangram Activities
- 1 Wall Puzzle
- 1 Table Puzzle
- 1 Serigraph DVD
+ 1 DVD featuring Charley Harper’s interview with Todd Oldham
1 Exhibit Entrance Sign
- 1 Intro Panel
- 7 Interpretive Graphic Panels (18"x 18")
- 1 Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham
- Golden Book of Biology Harper Illustrated text book with display vitrine
- PLUS: Education + Support Manual including K-12 activities for teachers
- Size + Specifications Up to 100 Linear Feet
- Booking Period: 10 Weeks
- Security: Limited
- Fee: call for details 757.534.7427 (discount for AZA or AAM accredited institutions - deposit required at time of booking)
|A selection from the 23 serigraphs for rental are shown below:
Beaver’s work ethic is a part of
our national heritage. He’s that character we all have a
gnawing feeling we
ought to keep as busy as. And indeed some of us have kept so
busy that we’ve
taken away his job of impeding and impounding the
free-flowing waters of America. But
when it comes to cost-benefit ratios and environmental
impact statements, he’s
better than the Corps of Engineers by a damsite. So how can
you best preserve a
pristine stream? Leave it to Beavers.
anthropomorphism didn’t exist, it
would have to be invented for the Dolphin, the fun-loving
marine mammal with
the Mona Lisa smile, the biggest tease in the seven seas.
For it’s downright
unscientific to say he is playful, inventive, humorous,
helpful, intelligent and just plain cute, even as you and I.
And it’s heresy to
translate his whistles and clicks into words, but it’s
perfectly obvious that
he’s trying to tell us something: HAVE A GOOD DAY!
The gall of some gulls!
Catch this scenario: the Brown
Pelican dives into a school of fish and comes up with a
pouch of protein; the
laughing gull, hanging around for a heist, swipes some
mullet for his gullet.
Poor pelican – gulled again. “Ha, ha, ha,”
laughs the laughing gull, who always leaves them laughing.
Wouldn’t you think
the plundered pelican would get wise to this pickpocketry?
He's not the biggest brain in the brine, but he has been through lots of
your friendly neighborhood
loudmouth, big on law and order, publishing WANTED posters
in stereo. The Blue Jay is always where the action is
because he starts it. A roving tomcat snaps a twig, a drowsy
owl shifts his
weight, a black snake changes his calligraphy –
off goes the blue-tailed burglar alarm, rounding up a posse
for the big chase.
But sometimes silence is golden. Like when you’re bathing in
the brook, naked
as a jaybird.
bird had to be named the
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. What else could you call a
yellow-bellied bird that
drills a pegboard girdle around a tree to sip the sap (sycamore
is one of 277 flavors he favors)?
You can call yourself a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, too,
anytime you’re tired of
being a Monkey’s Uncle. Just be sure you don’t call anybody
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Except maybe a Yellow-bellied
can’t brush after every meal,
better queue up regularly at the local cleaning clinic. Tiny
Neon Gobies make a
good living as dental and dermatological technicians for
residents of the reef,
venturing fearlessly into fang-filled caverns to dine on
thrive on their clients’ teeth, gills and scales. Look! In
mouth! Is that goby psychotic? No, just symbiotic. While the
clients don’t tip,
they never gobble the gobies. They all mind their P’s ‘n’
Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2010
Children's Museum of Richmond
April 25 - July 15, 2011
Dec. 10, 2011 - March 2, 2012
The Academy of Natural Sciences
March 11 - June 1, 2012
Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure
Dec. 1, 2012 - Feb. 3, 2013
Montshire Museum of Science
Sept. 21, 2013 - Feb. 24, 2014
Lake County Discovery Museum
April 8 - June 12, 2013
Leigh Yawkey Art Museum
March 15 - May 4, 2014
Virginia Living Museum
For Scheduling Information Contact:
Kasha Lang, Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601