Born in Brooklyn
Central Library, Youth Wing
Born in Brooklyn by June Gaddy and Felix Plaza
Through portraits and sketches, in a variety of media, we've taken a look at this special stage in life. When drawing children, the wonderful challenge is to capture and depict the hallmarks of early childhood-innocence, curiosity and spontaneity, and combine them with their own unique personality traits. In these pictures we hope to convey some of the many faces of childhood that are eternal and pass all too quickly.
Whether at play, at rest, asleep, reading or deep in thought, children embody all that is possible, wonderful and magical in the human race. Born in Brooklyn reveals the inner and outer beauty of Brooklyn's most precious resources and lets us see that our future is already here.
-- June Gaddy and Felix Plaza
June Gaddy is a librarian, fiber artist and portrait artist, working in pastels, charcoal and watercolor. She received a degree in illustration from Syracuse University and has studied at The Art Students League and Parsons School of Design. She recently exhibited at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA, and has received a Brooklyn Arts Council grant for this upcoming year. Ms. Gaddy currently works at Brooklyn Public Library as the outreach librarian of the Brooklyn Collection.
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Felix Plaza is an artist born in Puerto Rico and raised in Spanish Harlem. He attended the New York Phoenix School of Design in Manhattan where he studied fine arts and magazine illustration. He currently resides on the Lower East Side and is a member of the Lower East Side Printshop where he has pursued printmaking for over 15 years. Mr. Plaza also is a staff member of Brooklyn Public Library where he has worked at Williamsburgh Library for over 25 years as a children's specialist.
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