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Alice Ratterree, Behind the Pictures

Greenville Technical College's Benson Campus Galleries exhibition of award winning children's book illustrator, Alice Ratterree

Event Types: Visual Arts

Feb 16, 2023 9:00 AMMar 10, 2023 5:00 PM

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Greenville Technical College Benson Campus Galleries


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Alice Ratterree, Behind the Pictures

Benson Campus Galleries

Greenville Technical College

2522 Locust Hill Road

February 16, 2023 through March 10, 2023

Open to the public, M – Th, 9am to 7pm and Fr, 9am to 2pm

We all have cherished children’s books. They may be the books we tattered with love as a child or they might be books we recently purchased to share with a cherished child. Cherished books are directly kin to the warmth and safety of companion fuzzy bears or imaginary friends. They were the wellspring of our childhood imagination and often channeled our childhood emotions and even now continue to elicit those memories for us. We have been imprinted with the images found in our beloved children’s book and we have also probably never given much thought to the maker of those images.

Alice Ratterree, Behind the Pictures provides us an opportunity to appreciate children’s book images, their maker, and their origin. Alice begins this process with the author-generated characters and their story, moving on to painstaking research of time and place. For example, Alice includes wallpaper and upholstery samples with sketches she made to generate the illustrations for Dangerous Jane, a fictionalized account of the life of Jane Addams, the activist and founder of Hull House, a settlement house for immigrants, in 1889 Chicago. Through Behind the Pictures, we can follow Alice’s process from sketches to completed illustrations to books. None of the magic is lost. Our childhood imaginations and emotions are enhanced as we watch Alice’s process unfold and then finally become folded and tucked into a bound edition.

According to Alice, “Picture books are an integral part of children’s lives. They teach simple concepts like letters and numbers, and also explore complex themes that help navigate the larger world.” Alice’s published works include Lilliput (Sam Gayton, Peachtree Publishers), a Gold Parent’s Choice Award winner and was a Junior Library Guild selection, The Wolf Keepers (Elise Broach, Christy Ottaviano Books), also a Junior Library Guild selection, and Dangerous Jane (Suzanne Slade, Peachtree Publishers). She has been a two-time recipient of the Tomie de Paola Illustration Award. Alice is a classically trained singer with degrees in vocal performance from Florida State University (BM)and Boston University (MM). She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Asheville Lyric Opera and Brevard Music Center. Currently Alice Ratterree and her family live in Greenville and she is the Director of Marketing for the Metropolitan Arts Council.

Alice Ratterree, Behind the Pictures is on view in Greenville Technical College’s Benson Campus Galleries, 2522 Locust Hill Road, Monday – Thursday, 9am – 7pm and Friday, 9am to 2pm. The public is welcome. Visit for more information or call Fleming Markel, Gallery Director or Pat Owens, Gallery Assistant at 864 250-3051 or email [email protected].

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