Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney admin May 2, 2012 Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: June 5, 2010 @ 10:00 – July 21, 2010 @ 02:41 2010-06-05T10:00:00-04:00 2010-07-21T02:41:00-04:00 Where: 1451 South Olive Avenue 1451 South Olive Avenue Contact: Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment 561.832.5196 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. THE MAN BEHIND DINOTOPIA 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 effects. 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. EXHIBITION RELATED PROGRAMMING Dinotopia Family Day Sunday, June 6,1:00-5:00 p.m. 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 p.m. 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, 1:00-4:00 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. June 12 – Dino-Drawing: Talk about the creatures of Dinotopia, then make your own large dino-drawing! July 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 Offer 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 a.m.,12:00 p.m., or2:00 p.m., 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 information. 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. Family 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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