Miller Art Museum - Illustrator Bonnie Lieck

Thursday February 8th 10:30am in the Miller Art Museum - Children's Book Illustrator Bonnie Lieck

The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is pleased to announce the first event of the museum’s 2018 Second Thursday Program Series, which kicks off a new year of free public programming; an artist talk and slide presentation by Door County-based children’s book illustrator Bonnie Leick is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8. The event will take place in the main gallery of the museum and is free and open to the public.  


Leick’s work is among six regional artists represented in the interactive exhibition Beyond Words: The Art of Regional Children’s Book Illustration that celebrates children’s literature, both classic and modern currently on display. The exhibition remains on view through Tues., February 14, 2018.


Bonnie Leick is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator of children’s books and magazines; a dream that blossomed from her established career as an animator.  Described as quirky and humorous, her highly detailed and imaginative illustrations are created using watercolors. Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to learn about her unique process in greater detail and, if time allows, to see a demo of how the artist’s imagery is developed; it involves starting with transferring a sketch on watercolor paper to mask areas of the painting and various other techniques.


Leick’s original illustrations are teeming with dream-like charm. “During our November docent-led school tours with elementary students from Sturgeon Bay Schools, kids were asked to imagine themselves in Leick’s painting, “Lunchtime at the Horace Arachnid Academy,” which depicts a group of monsters around the lunch table, and to describe what they were seeing, feeling and tasting” said Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director. “Their excitement and over-the-top animated responses are testament to the connection and excitement viewers have with Bonnie’s work.”


In addition to her discussion of process, Leick will also share details about her background and change in career paths from animator working for companies including Disney, Creative Capers and Warner Brothers, to children’s book illustrator, in particular touching on the process of marketing herself and making it known to publishers that she was available to hire.  Leick will also provide a few basic details about her latest book, which she is just starting and will be the third in the Little Monster series; the previous two books are “Goodnight, Little Monster” and “Go to School Little Monster.”


“We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome Bonnie to share about her life and work with our community,” Gigstead continued.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am