Excerpts from My Mighty Journey and Other Ephemera
My Mighty Journey is the story of St. Anthony Falls, the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, and the changes it witnessed over twelve thousand years. Written by John Coy and illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec, the narrative is written from the perspective of the falls. It recounts the people who lived nearby, the ways they lived, and how the area around the waterfall changed drastically over the past two centuries. Selected illustrations from My Mighty Journey will be on exhibit as well selections from Schanilec’s two most recent artist’s books: A Little Book of Birds and A Little Book of Flowers.
As an artist, writer, letterpress printer, designer and illustrator, Gaylord Schanilec has set the standard for contemporary artist’s books for the last 30 years. His multi-color wood engraving techniques are masterful in their meticulous rendering as well as their exquisite aesthetic sensibilities. Recognized internationally, Schanilec’s work is included in the collections of IBM, 3M, the Getty Museum, the Walker Art Center, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the special collections libraries of numerous colleges and universities.
The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, June 8 from 2-5 pm. The opening reception and exhibition runs concurrently with Crosby Farm Park: Autumn by Joyce Lyon. Both shows continue through July 20, 2019.
Learn more about the My Mighty Journey process on the project blog page, MyMightyJourney.tumblr.com.