Trains, Badgers, and Other Imaginings of Jamison Odone: An Illustrators’ Exhibit

November 12 – December 31, 2008

The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of illustrations by Jamison Odone, local author and illustrator. Mr. Odone’s latest endeavor, The Bedtime Train, is forthcoming from Front Street Books, which publishes imaginative, educational picture books and informative, lively nonfiction. The UConn Stamford Gallery exhibit is available for viewing from November 12 to December 31, with an artist’s reception and book signing and sale on December 1st from 4-6 PM. The Odone show includes approximately 50 gorgeous illustrations from among Odone’s recent works.  Signed, numbered artist’s proofs are available for sale at the Gallery.

The Bedtime Train, Odone’s collaboration with New Zealand author Joy Cowley, is a poetic trip inside the mind of a young boy who cannot sleep. The boy imagines a nocturnal train that travels to richly illustrated places. Odone says that Cowley’s words left “so much space inside the story to really get creative with the paintings” and “allowed him to drift deep inside the boy’s imagined worlds.” Brad, the main character, transports the reader to wild places with bears, wolves, alligators, and plenty of adventures. Not to worry, the Bedtime Train is invincible, and when it arrives back home, sleep awaits in a warm, comfy bed. The picture book is intended for children ages 4 to 7 and is a perfect read-aloud bedtime story. Publishers Weekly calls the book “scrupulously detailed” and notes that it “makes an exotic trip feel cozy, as does the legion of scarf-wearing penguins appearing on nearly every page.” Those penguins and myriad other Odone creations enliven the walls of the UConn Gallery this November and December.

The UConn Stamford exhibit showcases large-scale illustrations that Mr. Odone created for The Bedtime Train and also includes selected works from Honey Badgers, his first book, as well as other recent works. Associate Vice Provost and UConn Stamford Campus Director Michael Ego notes that the Odone exhibit “is a prime example of how the Gallery showcases local talent in partnership with the community.”

Jamison Odone, a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He can often be found walking through the woods with a notebook, searching for ideas. Jamison spends many of his waking hours painting. Honey Badgers was conceived while waiting for a friend at a doctor’s office. Publisher’s Weekly described it as making “a deep bow to Maurice Sendak, with its somber palette and heavily crosshatched, pen-and-ink and watercolor wash illustrations. But the affectionate, dreamy text is his own.”


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