“A Visual Feast”

An Exhibit featuring children’s book illustrators

Exhibit Dates: Dec 10- Dec. 31, 2015 

Artist Reception: Dec. 10th, 6:30-8:30PM

Storytelling: Saturday Dec 12, 12-3PM

LAFAYETTE, CA (November 2015) “A Visual Feast”, An exhibit featuring eight talented children’s book illustrators: Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, Julie Downing, Jim LaMarche, Dan San Souci, April Chu, Elisa Kleven, Michael Slack. Exhibit runs Dec 10-31, 2015 with an artist reception on Dec 10, 6:30-8:30PM. Bring the kids for storytelling on Saturday. Dec 12 from 12-3PM. Readings by the children’s book illustrators. Get books signed and see the show!

December is a great time to take a moment and snuggle up with your family to read. The holidays bring us closer and our favorite books are a great way to slow down during the break. JPG supports authors and artists throughout the year with poetry, book signing and readings. These illustrations, paintings and collage work are familiar in some of our most popular children’s books of today. Original art, reproductions and children’s books for sale.

10% of all sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

About the Illustrators:

Michael Slack is an illustrator/author and character designer. His playful imagery can be seen in books and magazines and on screens big and small. Michael’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe.

Michael’s most recent illustrated books include: Race Car Count by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (Henry Holt BYR), Nugget & Fang by Tammi Sauer (Houghton Mifflin) and the forthcoming Pirasaurs by Josh Funk (Scholastic 2017)


Julie Downing has written and or illustrated over 45 books for children, and has worked with major publishers including Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic Press and Houghton Mifflin.

The artist is most noted for her rich, jewel like watercolor illustrations. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and England.  She currently teaches watercolor and Children’s Book Illustration at the Academy of Art University and UC Berkeley Extension.


As a child, Elisa Kleven created intricate, colorful dollhouse worlds. And when she grew up, she continued to make enchanted miniature worlds within the covers of her picture books. Elisa is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty books, which have received many honors.


LITTLE RED BIRD, and HOORAY, A PINATA! have been adapted as children’s

theater productions in the U.S. and Europe.

Elisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


April Chu began her career as an architect with a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, but decided to return to her true passion of illustrating and storytelling. She has since collaborated with authors to create picture books such as IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA and ADA BYRON LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE which have received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly along with rave reviews in The New York Times. She lives and works in Oakland, California.


Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have collaborated on over 50 picture books, using an unusual approach wherein both artists conceive, draw, design and paint. Their work has appeared in annual reports, advertisements, magazines, and movies, including Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, for which they provided pre-production set and character designs.

No Star Nights was their first children’s book. Together, they have illustrated many books including The New York Times best-selling My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss, The Velveteen Rabbit, abridged by Lou Fancher, and Amazing Peace, by Maya Angelou. Their 2000 release, I Walk At Night, by Lois Duncan, was recognized as one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Books. They are the recipients of a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators and their work has appeared in Communication Arts, Print, and Graphis.


Daniel San Souci was born in San Francisco and grew up across the bay in Berkeley, CA. Daniel San Souci is well-known for illustrating over 80 children’s books. The book that launched San Souci’s illustrations onto the literary stage in 1978 was The Legend of Scarface: A Blackfeet Indian Tale. The book won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award and other honors, but most significantly, it marked the first of 12 books he illustrated that were written by his older brother, Robert San Souci.

The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00AM-5:00PM and by appointment. Check website for additional hours. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549. Contact Jennifer Perlmutter at (925) 284-1485 or jp@jenniferperlmuttergallery.com.

Jennifer Perlmutter