Sunday, April 04, 2010
Seasonal storefront window art by Caldecott award winning author and his wife
You may have noticed this seasonal art brightening the storefront of Neuhauser Pharmacy on Monroe Street in Madison, or other scenes in a similar style for other holidays. If you have young kids in your house, the art may look curiously familiar.
There's a reason for that, as I found out when I looked more closely to see whether the hand-painted art mural had been signed. It was. And it turned out that the artists were award-winning children's book author and illustrator Kevin Henkes and his wife, also an illustrator, Laura Dronzek. And when I asked in the store, I found out they had painted other seasonal murals as well. Pretty cool -- not every pharmacy has its windows graced by the work of a Caldecott award winning children's book artist.
The mural is charming and repays a closer look. It's really a three-dimensional relief painting. The bunnies and chicks in the foreground are cutouts that stand out from the background scene. It's a very distinctive, stylized form of illustration, more sophisticated than it seems at first glance, and which has brought the couple considerable fame and success in the world of children's books.