Hudson Talbott’s ‘River of Dreams’ exhibition opens June 11 in Hudson Hall

Hudson Talbott, Luncheon on the Grass.

HUDSON — Hudson Hall reopens its galleries for 2021 season with an inaugural retrospective survey of work by renowned children’s author and illustrator, Hudson Talbott. The Hudson River has been a source of inspiration and a means of livelihood to all who have lived along its shores playing a key role in the settling of the New World, the outcome of the Revolutionary War and as the birthplace of the environmental movement. Talbott pays homage to the historic river that shares his name in his realistically illustrated account of its history. Complete with timelines and maps, River of Dreams is an introduction to a range of topics for youth including the Age of Exploration, the Erie Canal, the Industrial Age, American arts and literature and care for the environment.

Talbott has written and illustrated more than 27 books for young readers. In 2009 his book River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River was named New York State’s Children’s Book of the Year and was later adapted into a children’s musical. Over the course of his career, he has worked with Steven Spielberg on an animated film adaptation, and with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine on the book version of the musical Into the Woods. His Statue of Liberty illustrations for Bloomingdale’s became iconic during the Statue’s Centennial celebration and were featured in an exhibition at the NY Public Library as well as at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Hudson lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site since 2005. In homage to the region’s tradition of artistic inspiration he created Picturing America: Thomas Cole and The Birth of American Art. He is a Newbery Honor winner for Show Way (by Jacqueline Woodson), ALA Notable Book and VOYA Honor Book Leonardo’s Horse (by Jean Fritz), and We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, which was adapted into an animated film by Steven Spielberg. He lives in the Hudson Valley and in New York City. His forthcoming book, A Walk in the Words is due out fall 2021.

Free tickets for Hudson Talbott’s “River of Dreams” Exhibition at Hudson Hall are with timed entry. The show runs June 10 through Aug. 15. Hudson Hall members are invited to a preview noon-7 p.m. June 10. In keeping with New York State guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, visitors to Hudson Hall’s first floor galleries must comply with safety protocols of social distancing and wearing a mask at all times. Hudson Hall reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not comply with these guidelines or make reservations in advance. In keeping with state guidelines, check for updates.

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