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Ashley Bryan at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

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The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, is running its New England Biennial exhibition through March 26, 2017. The exhibit features sixteen New England-based fine artists — including children’s lit’s own Ashley Bryan.

On display in the gallery space are several of Bryan’s picture-book collages, including several from All Things Bright and Beautiful, and a selection of puppets, made from found materials, that can be seen in Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everything. Outside the exhibit area, you can read some of Bryan’s picture books — then go back over and see the real thing. It’s a thrill for any fan, child and grownup alike.

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Also for the kids (or is it?), there’s a “Process Gallery” area full of art materials — in this case, textiles, ornaments, feathers, etc. — where children can create their own works inspired by the exhibit.

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The museum offers “Tips for Families” who are visiting. The outdoor Sculpture Park is a child-friendly dream, and a perfect place for a picnic. The indoor part, where the exhibit is housed, isn’t as kid-friendly, but it’s still a great place to introduce children to the wonders of art.

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

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