Wednesday July 27, 2011 | 08:04 PM

A crowd of mostly grown-ups filled the University of New England's Art Gallery this evening, for the opening reception of the "Children's Book Illustrators" show. The fabulous exhibition draws together 28 artists whose images are synonymous with childhood. Here gallery Director Anne Zill thanks the guests for coming and explains that the purpose of the show is to celebrate "the ways in which children's illustrations imprint upon us."

I took this shot from the second floor of the gallery as the party was winding down. All three levels of the gallery are filled with wonderfully engaging pieces, including original works by Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Dahlov Ipcar and Barbara Cooney. The show is on view through Oct. 30 and includes two special events. On Sept. 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. children's book author Lois Lowry will give a talk, and on Sept. 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. poet and gallery owner Rich Michelson will present a lecture.

Whether you're feeling young at heart or you have some youngsters in need of an outing, you won't want to miss this show.

As usual, I'll have more photos from the party and details about what guests had to say in the July 31 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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