The artwork of more than a dozen children's books are coming to Danville's Village Theatre and Art Gallery for its newest exhibition, "Storybooks by the Bay."
Opening this Saturday (Oct. 29), the exhibit features drawings, paintings, sketches and figurines from children's books. The showing is curated by Susan Pace-Koch of Get Out Books, a local children's book publishing company.
In all, art from 16 children's books will be on display. Authors and illustrators will be on hand to sell autographed copies of their works during the opening reception this Saturday afternoon. Books will be on sale in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition, which runs through Dec. 17.
The opening reception is set to run from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, a family-friendly event geared to entertain people of all ages, according to Danville town officials. Complimentary refreshments will be served at the reception.
Organizers have planned two other special events to be held in conjunction with "Storybooks by the Bay."
The curator and authors will host a story time for preschool-aged children and hand out free bookmarks and coloring pages in exchange for donated crayons from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 4. The nonprofit Crayon Initiative will be at the event to collect the crayons as part of its ongoing effort to take in unwanted crayons, re-manufacture them and provide them to hospitals.
Then on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m., the town will host a free screening of the Disney film "Bedtime Stories," starring Adam Sandler. Registration is required as space is limited. Attendees will receive free popcorn. Visit www.danvillerecguide.com and sign up with Activity Code 12211 or call the Danville Community Center at 314-3400 to sign up over the phone.
"Storybooks by the Bay" will be open during normal hours at the downtown Village Theatre and Art Gallery: Wednesdays through Fridays from 12-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only. The gallery is closed on Sundays.
Admission to the gallery at 233 Front St. is free. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit the gallery's website.