A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle

December 13, 2016 - May 7, 2017
Central Gallery

This exhibition features Brinton Turkle’s tales of American lore. Whether set on the island of Nantucket or in the mountains of Appalachia, his stories and poetic imagery capture both the history and nuances of place. Turkle follows the escapades of a young Quaker boy in his Obadiah series, offers a surprising twist on a favorite fairy tale in Deep in the Forest (1976), and sprinkles magic realism throughout the pages of The Sky Dog (1969). All work is from the museum’s permanent collection, generously donated by the artist’s children. A highlight is surely Turkle’s watercolor illustrations from Thy Friend, Obadiah, awarded a 1970 Caldecott Honor.