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Marymount University's Barry Gallery will exhibit The Art of Children's Book Illustration from October 27 through December 10, 2006. The opening reception will be held Friday, October 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Barry Gallery is open to the public and free.

The Art of Children's Book Illustration features three artists:
Cheryl Shaw Barnes: A local favorite, Barnes is a self-taught artist and is known for her creation of the Washington Mouse Book Series that she illustrated and co-wrote with her husband, Peter W. Barnes. The series includes Woodrow, the White House Mouse; House Mouse, Senate Mouse; and Alexander, the Old Town Mouse. The husband and wife team are also the founders and owners of VSP Books of Alexandria, VA, which publishes educational books for children about historical sites.

Nancy Hannans: Hannans is both an illustrator and art educator, currently teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools and at Marymount University. As an illustrator, she has created art for editorial, advertising, and corporate publications. She especially enjoys illustrating children's books. Among the books that she has illustrated are Morning, Noon and Nighttime Too, a collection of poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Goodnight Jeffrey by Dorothy Joan Harris.

Karen Lee Schmidt: Schmidt has illustrated over 30 books, including What Do You Love?, The Jungle Baseball Game, and Going to the Zoo. Inspired by children's classics like E.B. White's Stuart Little and the works of Dr. Seuss, Schmidt often uses animals to convey relationships and emotions. Love, friendship, joy, and sadness are regular themes. She recently moved to Falls Church, Virginia, from New York City.

Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Barry Gallery is located in the Reinsch Library on Marymount's Main Campus --2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. For more information, call Judy Bass, the Barry Gallery curator, at (703) 284-1561.