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Parent Points: Chuck Galey’s Exhibition in Meridian!

Parent Points: Chuck Galey’s Exhibition in Meridian!

On November 23, our very own Chuck Galey – our Book Buzz columnist – will present his art exhibition Suspense, Whimsy, & Humor in Children’s Picture Books Adventures in the Imagination at The MAX MERIDIAN. 

Chuck Galey has illustrated children’s books for more than two decades. Adventures in the Imagination features original illustrations from Galey’s published books as well as new works-in-progress, as both digital art and pen and ink with watercolor. This exhibition promises an enriching family experience. 

A lifelong artist, Galey became an illustrator only after his plan to become an oceanographer became problematic—he suffered terribly from seasickness. Thus, he went back to school and returned to his first love, art. 

The Greenwood native and Mississippi State University graduate has illustrated over 70 books for educational publishers across the country in addition to 15 children’s books, one of which he authored. 

Galey has found illustrating children’s books to be both challenging and rewarding. His main goal is to inspire children to become lifelong readers. He has presented workshops on the importance of illustration and visual storytelling in picture books to ages ranging from kindergarteners to adults. 

Presentations are important to Galey. “I never had anybody to come around Greenwood that I knew of that was actually an author or illustrator to show that there’s actually a person behind that book,” he said. 

“Adventures in the Imagination is a wonderful exhibit that sparks the imagination, allowing you to create your own story around the artwork,” said Stacey Wilson, Curator of Exhibitions at The MAX. The exhibition is on display at The MAX from November 23, 2021-March 12, 2022.

Dog Walk in the City

7” x 7.5” (framed 14.5” x 15.5”), Portfolio character illustration

Croquil pen & ink and Watercolor, 2021

Kenzi at Christmas

5.5” x 8” (framed 14.5” x 15.5”)

Portfolio character illustration

Croquil pen & ink and Watercolor

2021

What You Need to Know

Admission to the special exhibit is free with regular museum admission. The MAX is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am-5 pm. The museum is located at the corner of Sela Ward Parkway (22nd Avenue) and Front Street, overlooking the railroad at the edge of Meridian’s historic downtown. Street parking is available, with shops and restaurants within walking distance. For more information visit msarts.org or call 601-581-1550. 

Workshop on How to Create Your Own Book

Children’s Book Illustration Workshop with Chuck Galey, December 4, 2021, 10 am-Noon. Galey will lead a workshop on how to create a book, the process of drawing, and the basic concepts of illustration. Recommended ages: 10-12 years old. Limited Capacity. Registration required. 

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