Reflections: Remembering the Work of Ann Jonas, curated by the Crews Family

June 12, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Central Library, Youth Wing
Original watercolor art and sketches from the artist's children's books, including Round Trip, The Quilt, and Bird Talk, as well as early graphic design work.

This exhibit will highlight Ann’s life in art. Student materials and work created for Donald and Ann Crews Design will be included. Ann’s picture book work, where she came into her own as an artist will, of course, be the major part of the exhibit.

Ann Jonas, BPL ExhibitionTrained as a graphic artist, Ann Jonas’s first jobs after completing Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art were in graphic design studios. She participated in the design and production of brochures, posters, packaging, informational materials, book jackets and record albums for a variety of clients. In 1963, Ann and her husband, Donald Crews, started a design office in New York City: Donald and Ann Crews Design. The work they produced was in the classic graphic design arena—book jackets, posters, promotional materials and packaging. Their business thrived for many years.

She began to shift her focus from design commissions to picture books in 1979. From her first efforts to her last, Ann’s work was and is still well regarded. Her first book, When You Were a Baby was published in 1982 and received warm reviews. Round Trip, published in 1983, was recognized as an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Her 1989 book, The Trek was also an ALA Notable book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

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