June 5, 2010 @ 10:00 – July 21, 2010 @ 02:41
1451 South Olive Avenue
1451 South Olive Avenue
Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney

June 5 throughSeptember 5, 2010

From the soothing, restorative

environment of Waterfall City to the hidden wonders of Chandara, acclaimed

author and illustrator James Gurney’s magical world of Dinotopia comes to life

in this enchanting exhibition that features over 50 original oil paintings from

the best-selling illustrated books Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992),

Dinotopia: The World Beneath(1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

(2007), and presents fascinating examples of the illustrator’s creative

process, including preliminary studies, reference photos, and handmade scale-models.

Inspired by archaeology, lost

civilizations, and the art of illustration, Gurney’s Dinotopia, an

extraordinary place where humans and dinosaurs live in harmony, fuses fantasy

with realism and scientific accuracy. “The thing Ilove about dinosaurs is that they are on that balance point

between fantasy and reality,” says Gurney. “It might be hard to

believe that mermaids and dragons really existed, but we know that dinosaurs did—we

can see their footprints and skeletons but we can’t photograph them or see them,

except in our imagination.”

The Dinotopiastoryline

chronicles the adventures and remarkable experiences of Professor Arthur

Denison and his son Will on Dinotopia, a mysterious “lost” island inhabited

by dinosaurs and shipwrecked travelers. The faraway land

of Dinotopia—wholly the product of Gurney’s

fertile imagination, scientific knowledge and meticulous artistic ability—is a

civilization like no other. The society has its own language, alphabet

(dinosaur footprints that correspond to each letter of the Roman alphabet),

colorful festivals and parades. The lively cast of characters includes the inquisitive

Professor Denison; Will and Sylvia, the adventurous young Skybax riders-in-training;

the devious curmudgeon Lee Crabb; the beautiful musician Oriana Nascava; and a

multilingual, diplomatic Protoceratops named Bix.


James Gurney lives with his

family in New York State’s

Hudson Valley.

He was born on June 14, 1958,

in Glendale, California.

As a young boy, he found it difficult to find books on dinosaurs, a subject

that always captivated him. A childhood museum visit provided his first

encounter with the skeleton of a formidable Allosaurus, leading him to imagine

the dinosaur skeletons “stepping off of their platforms and tiptoeing through

the hallways at night,” returning to their post by daybreak.

Gurney’s youthful daydreams

inspired an interest in archaeology and lost civilizations. The artist recalls

many hours spent excavating his suburban backyard for arrowheads and “even

a lost temple.” During college he majored in anthropology at the University

of California at Berkeley,

where he received a B.A. in 1979 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. From there he went

on to pursue his lifelong interest in art, studying illustration at the Art

Center College of Design in Pasadena,

where he met his wife Jeanette, also an artist, who shared his love for

sketching outdoors.

A cross-country trip with

friend and fellow artist Thomas Kinkade resulted in The Artist ‘s Guide to

Sketching(1982). During his early career he painted jungle andvolcano

backdrops for animator Ralph Bakshi’s Fire and Ice(1983) and becameinterested

in the fantasy genre. His art soon appeared on the covers of science fiction

and fantasy novels but his big break as an illustrator came from National

Geographicmagazine with a series of challenging assignments working with

scientists andhistorians to recreate ancient worlds. Gurney’s secret

dream was to discover a lostcity as significant as Troy

or Machu Picchu and so, in his

spare time, he envisionedand painted Waterfall

Cityand Dinosaur

Parade,which inspired the conceptualframework for Dinotopia.

His first Dinotopiabook,

the New York Timesbestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time,appeared

in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two millioncopies. Gurney

has written and illustrated three other volumes in the series, Dinotopia: The

World Beneathand Dinotopia: First Flight.A fourth volume, Dinotopia:

Journey To Chandarawas published in the fall of 2007. In2002, HallmarkEntertainment

produced a lavish television miniseries for ABC TV based on the Dinotopiabooks

that received record-setting ratings and an Emmy award forbest visual


Organized by the Norman

Rockwell Museum

in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

This exhibition is made

possible in part through the generosity of The Mr. and Mrs. Hamish Maxwell

Exhibition Endowment.

Media support provided by The Palm Beach Post.


Dinotopia Family Day

Sunday, June 6,1:00-5:00


Journey to the special exhibition Dinotopia:

The Fantastical Art of James Gurney. Kids and their families can explore

Gurney’s extraordinary world on family-friendly tours of the exhibition, and

create art in hands-on activities. Visitors will meet the author and

illustrator himself and hear his discussion Dinotopia:

Fact and Fantasy. The Palm Beach Zoo

will be on hand to discuss the descendants of dinosaurs that live all around

us, and a special story-time will be hosted by the Palm Beach County Public

Library System!

Exhibition Lecture

Sunday, June 6,3:00


Dinotopia: Fact and Fantasy

Enter a world where science and imagination come alive! Artist James Gurney will reveal the process

of creating his mythical world Dinotopia, where humans and dinosaurs coexist in

peace, in a fully illustrated presentation. Exhibition Lectures are generously

underwritten in part by Harriett M. Eckstein.

Drawing Workshop with James

Gurney: Water-Soluble Colored Pencils

Saturday, June 5,


In this one-day

workshop, students will learn about water-soluble colored pencils which are

inexpensive, versatile and easy to use. Illustrator, James Gurney will guide

students through a digital slide presentation followed by a drawing/painting

demonstration. Then students will make their own drawings from life while experimenting

with the medium. Recommended for beginner to advanced, high-school and adult students;

25 participants, max. $40 Museum Members, $55 non-Members. Call 561.832.5196,

ext. 1132 or register online at www.norton.org.

Family Studio*

Children and their

parents explore themes in art in the galleries, and then create their own

artworks in the Reynolds Art Education Room.

25 children (ages 5 to 12) max.;10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $5 materials fee payable at the

door. Call 561.832.5196, ext. 1113, or

register online at www.norton.org.


12 – Dino-Drawing: Talk about the creatures of Dinotopia, then make your own

large dino-drawing!


10 – Dinosaurs in 3-D: Create a papier-mâché creature from a by-gone era,

inspired by Dinotopia.

Summer CampTours June 8 – July 30, Tuesdays through Fridays


your summer campers a unique tour and art activity related to the special

exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney. Schedule a tour at10:00


p.m., or2:00


Tuesday through Friday. $4 per camper; one chaperone per ten campers is

required. To reserve Summer Camp Tours, call 561.832.5196, ext. 1113 at least

two weeks in advance of your visit.

Art after Dark: 2nd Thursdays @

the Norton

Meet your friends

for art, music, tours, films and refreshments. Galleries open from5:00 to9:00p.m., along with Café 1451 and a cash

bar. Visit www.norton.org for more


June 10: Enchanted Evening

Help us kick off the new exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney, with a night filled

with fantasy! Florida Dance Conservatory Youth Ensemble to perform an excerpt

from Sleeping Beauty; the Palm Beach

County Library offers story-time for younger visitors; the film Princess Bride will be shown in the

Museum Theater; and Marisa Pascucci, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of

American Art, will discuss the special exhibition Beyond the Figure: Abstract Sculpture in the Norton Collection.

July 8: Dino-NITE!

Walk with Dinosaurs at the Norton

Museum of Art as Brianna Anderson-Guthrie,

Curatorial Assistant, introduces the special exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney;The Palm Beach County Library offers story-time for all ages; the

film Dinosauris shown in the Museum

Theater; and an inspiring performer, Ben Prestage, performs Florida Swamp Blues

in the Museum Atrium.

Treasure of the Month

On the third Wednesday of every month, join a public

discussion in the galleries about artworks in the collection. Talks begin at 1:00 p.m.

This program is generously underwritten in part by the Maurer Family

Fund for Arts Education and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

June 16 – Tea Time

by Norman Rockwell, America’s

most famous illustrator.


Programs are generously underwritten by The Sarah Vierck Mettler Family Fund,

The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Fund for Families, The Samuel Rosenthal

Endowment for Education and Outreach Programs, and the U.S. Institute of Museum

and Library Services.

TheNortonMuseum has been recognized internationally for

its travelling exhibitions and expansive collections of over 7,000 works,

including European Impressionists and Modern Masters, American art from 1900 to

the present, an extensive collection of works on paper and a rich body of

sculpture. The Chinese collection offers superb examples of carved jades and

bronze vessels and the contemporary collection embraces art from the 1960’s on.

Today’s most revered and history’s most innovative photographers are featured

in the photography collection. Annually, theNortonMuseum presents engaging and exciting collection

and exhibition related talks, concerts, and programs for children and adults.

The Museum Store offers an eclectic array of gifts and Café 1451 at the Nortonthemes its delicious lunch menu after the

exhibitions on view.

TheNortonMuseum is

open Tuesday–Saturday,10:00

a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday,1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on major Holidays).

General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for visitors ages 13-21, and free for

Members and children under 13. Special

group rates are available.West Palm Beach

residents receive free admission to the Museum Collection every Saturday, with

proof of residency.Palm BeachCounty

residents receive free admission to the Museum Collection the first Saturday of

each month, with proof of residency. For additional information, please call

561. 832.5196 or visitwww.norton.org.

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