Jerry Pinkney, the author winning children’s book illustrator and portrait painter, will have 140 of his works exhibited at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. The exhibit entitled “Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” will open Sunday, September 30, and run until Jan. 13, 2013. Pinkney, a Croton resident, is a Caldecott Award winner for his children’s book “The Lion and The Mouse.” He has also designed nearly a dozen Black Heritage portraits for the US Postal Service.
One of Pinkney’s most challenging assignments was to paint portraits for the National Parks Service. These paintings are part of the African Burial Ground Interactive Museum in Lower Manhattan. He was given a very brief description of the person thought to be buried at this site, and then had to create images of the person. Sometimes the description was as short as “runaway slave.”
I have placed information dealing with this exhibit on the bulletin board near the Children’s Room. There is also a reminder that we offer a free pass to this museum.