ATLANTIC CITY — The work of the E.B. Lewis, the featured artist at the Noyes Arts Garage during Black History Month, cannot be separated from the man himself.
“His art is him. He oozes enthusiasm and creativity and passion for children and the world,” said Helen Snyder, of Ventnor, who viewed his pieces in a gallery at the Arts Garage on Saturday.
Earl Bradley Lewis, of Folsom, has illustrated more than 70 children’s books during his career, and his illustrations have won prizes such as the Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Lewis’ work will be on display at the Arts Garage through March 27.
Lewis’ drawings are of real people, and his work has helped address a void in children’s books of African-, Asian-, Latino- and Native-American representation.
“Now the children of those descents are able to pick up a book and see themselves reflected in these stories, which is a positive thing,” Lewis said.
A news release said Lewis has focused on illustrating books dealing with issues that are difficult for children to relate to, including, death, loss and love. Many of the stories he has illustrated are set in the black community.
Snyder said she got to meet Lewis several years ago at the Barns Gallery in Philadelphia. Lewis was born in Philadelphia, is a graduate of Temple University and teaches at the University of the Arts.
“He’s a fascinating man. If anyone has the chance to hear him speak, they should,” said Snyder, a retired elementary school teacher.
A reception for Lewis’ exhibition, titled Imagine, will be held during Second Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Arts Garage. Second Fridays feature live music, refreshments and wine tastings and are free to the public.
For more information, visit artsgarageac.com or call 609-626-3805. The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.