Darin Michelle
Creative Director


Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustration

As I write this, I am in the gallery lobby of the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, sipping Pinot Noir and snacking on the most delightful finger foods I have come across in a long time. Before this tiny feast, I joined a large crowd of art lovers and took a step back in time; amazed by the pieces and my genuine reaction to each one. I sit back and remember the first time I set eyes on it on some of my favorite children’s books.

Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustration is…dare I say it…perfect. As a lover of children’s books, I may be a little biased, but as a lover of a good gallery show, it is wonderful. It is beautifully curated, well narrated through panels spaced between groups of art, and it is full of wonderment and nostalgia.