On Sept. 8, MAGallery will host well-known illustrator and former Madisonian, Lindy Burnett, for a reception and artist talk about the art of illustration in a program titled “Lindy Illuminates.”
This event is inspired by the current MAGallery exhibition A Patron’s Collection: Select Works by Kiki Pollard’s Illustrators and Other Artists, on view at the Gallery through Oct. 8.
The reception begins at 6 p.m. and includes food, wine, and live entertainment. Burnett will speak at 6:30 p.m. on the art and business of illustration and her experience as an illustrator represented by Kiki Pollard and her company. The reception is free and open to the public. MAGallery is located at 125 W. Jefferson Street in Madison.
The art of illustration was the business of Alexander Pollard Artist Representatives, and for 25+ years, Alexander Pollard served the advertising and graphic design industry by “repping” illustrators of different mediums and styles. Visual storytelling is the essence of being a successful commercial illustrator, where the artist seamlessly blends art and commerce in a way so that viewers could perceive the meaning behind the image. Pollard’s talent lay in her ability to play the part of matchmaker between client and artist, a role she repeated hundreds of times over her career for Lindy and many other illustrators.
The 35 works comprising A Patron’s Collection are curated from the personal collection of Kiki Pollard and her late husband Dick Crooks. The majority of these pieces were created by Alexander Pollard’s illustrators while other pieces simply struck a chord with Kiki and Dick; altogether, the show spans 45+ years of lovingly collected works of illustrated art. All 35 pieces are offered for sale in this benefit exhibition held by MAG in gratitude for Kiki’s generous contributions to Madison Artists Guild over the years. Seventy percent of the exhibit’s art sales will be donated to Kiki’s long term care costs in Texas where she now resides.
Burnett is an illustrator of popular children’s books and advertising campaigns whose clients include The High Museum of Art, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola and Arby’s. Lindy received her BFA at Wesleyan, and several years later went to the esteemed ad school, Portfolio Center in Atlanta, to become an illustrator. She graduated at the top of her class, obtained two reps (one of whom was Alexander Pollard), and began her successful career. Following a long history of art education in Madison and Morgan County, Burnett now lives on the coast of Georgia. Madison Artists Guild is honored to host her for this signature event.
For 24/7 viewing and shopping of A Patron’s Collection and all artwork at MAGallery, visit the on-line store at themadisonartistsguild.org/shop. MAGallery is open Tues. through Sat. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 125 W. Jefferson Street in Madison.
Madison Artists Guild is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education and to the encouragement of artistic endeavor in its members and the community. For more information, visit TheMadisonArtistsGuild.org or call 706-342-9360.