Les and Zora Charles' Children's Art Collection Comes to Redlands

The exhibit, “Paint Me a Story: The Art of Children’s Books”

Original artwork from award-winning children’s books will be showcased during an exhibit at the university’s Peppers Art Gallery.

The exhibit, “Paint Me a Story: The Art of Children’s Books,” features original artwork from Les and Zora Charles’ collection of picture book art. The exhibit begins Feb. 19 and culminates at the university’s Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival, which will be held March 12-13.

The exhibit also will include original works from the classic Beatrix Potter Tales and 1982 Caldecott Winner Jumanji, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. A variety of mediums, including watercolor paintings, pen-and-ink drawings and mixed media pieces, will be represented.

Former teacher Zora Charles is a 1970 Redlands graduate and the wife of “Cheers” creator Les Charles, who graduated from the university in 1971.

Zora Charles has been collecting picture book art since 1984. She said initially, she was more interested in the words of children’s literature. But over time, she began to see the striking beauty of the artwork found in children’s books.

"At first, I never even thought about the art. I came from the literary standpoint,” she said, adding that she regularly read and discussed popular children’s literature in her classroom. “I never thought that the art itself could stand alone."

Zora Charles will discuss the artwork of children’s literature, as well as her collecting efforts, during the Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival, where she will be a featured presenter. The festival will be held March 12 and 13.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s group leaders can arrange for a time to visit the art show by calling Julieann Fisher at 909-748-8281.

Find more information on the art show or the Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival here.

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