Illustrator on display in Akron

The work of book illustrator Ed Emberley will be featured in an exhibition opening today at the Akron Art Museum.

“Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me” includes artwork from the artist’s personal archive of hand-drawn sketches, woodblock prints, mockups and first edition books, along with never-before-exhibited drawings and prints.

Emberley received the Caldecott Medal in 1968 for his picture book “Drummer Hoff.” He also is well-known for the 1992 bestseller “Go Away, Big Green Monster.”

Generations of artists and illustrators grew up with his inventive teaching book “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” (1970). The book launched a series of colorful, step-by-step drawing books that taught aspiring artists how to draw animals, faces, boats, dragons and more using simple shapes.

The exhibition will contain interactive features, including a stylized reproduction of the artist’s drawing and light table from his home studio, where visitors of all ages can try their hand at his techniques.

The work will be on display through July 15 at the museum, 1 S. High St., Akron. The show is made possible by a generous gift from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, with additional support from the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.

A family-friendly opening party is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. today that will include art activities, storytelling and drawing demonstrations as well as music, snacks and opportunities to meet special guests Ed and Barbara Emberley.

For more information, call 330-376-9185.

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