Special to the E-T

The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council presents the national, traveling exhibit "Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations" at its Stephenville River North Gallery beginning Saturday, July 11.

CTFAC will celebrate this opening with a free "Family Funday" from 2-4 p.m., featuring tours of the exhibit, art activities for the kids and summer refreshments. The event has been structured to incorporate social distancing and other safety protocols, with most activities being outdoors and limiting guest capacity within the gallery.

The art activities will also include individual bags of art supplies for children so they will not have to share supplies.

Made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Exhibits USA and Mid-America Arts Alliance, this exhibition brings to life original book illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients and other award-winning artists. The Randolph Caldecott Medal is one of America’s most prestigious awards given to the illustrators of children’s picture books.

Some of these artists have gone on to have their works adapted for the big screen including "Where the Wild Things Are", "Polar Express" and "Jumanji". These creative illustrations range in age from the late 1920s to early 2000s and are widely recognized not only as artistic classics in children’s literature, but also the source of countless beloved memories for the young and the young at heart.

"We are so grateful and thrilled to be able to present an exhibition of this caliber to the citizens of Stephenville and the surrounding counties," said CTFAC Executive Director Christine Newton in a news release. "This exhibit has traveled all over the country, making appearances in California, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and now we are honored to have it here in Stephenville, Texas."

The exhibit will be on display at the River North Gallery from July 11 through Aug. 8.

CTFAC will also host three separate storytime book readings with refreshments in conjunction with the exhibit on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at its River North Gallery, all at no charge to the public. The storytime will feature Caldecott books "The Girl Who Loved Horses" (July 16), "Jumanji" (July 23), and "Snowflake Bentley" (July 30).

For more information, contact the CTFAC at (254) 965-6190.