Activities, exhibits abound at Columbus Museum of Art

The new "Art of the Picturebook" exhibit just opened at The Columbus Museum of Art. This exhibition explores the art of children's picturebooks through illustrations from the collection of Carol and Guy Wolfenbarger, Columbus natives.

The original drawings, paintings, prints and collages come from well-known illustrators such as Floyd Cooper, Peter Catalanotto, Will Hillenbrand, E.B. Lewis, Barry Moser, Chris Raschka, Aminah Robinson, Maurice Sendak, and Robert Sabuda. Works of art are presented according to the stories they help to tell. Thanks to a partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library, visitors can enjoy a specially selected Pop-Up Library in the exhibition space.

Some related programming coming up soon include:

"Storytime in Imagine!" - Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m.: It's an interactive story hour with children's reading specialists. This program is free with admission. To guarantee your seat, please make a reservation early by visiting https://members/columbusmuseum.org/imagine or by calling 614.629.0359.

"Counting Crocodiles" - Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m.: Ohio author/illustrator Will Hillenbrand demonstrates the creative process he has used in writing and illustrating more than 50 picturebooks. Several examples of his work appear in Imagine! Following the program, he will be available to sign books. Free with CMA admission. To guarantee your seat, please make a reservation early online.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 28. Bonus for any visit: You get to watch big construction happening on the museum's new wing!

CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 17 and older with valid id; $5 for students 6 - 17; and free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.