‘Live to Draw’ exhibit opens with reception at Gag House on Friday

NEW ULM – The Wanda Gag House Association will host the Opening Reception of the ‘Live to Draw’ exhibit on Friday, May 10, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The exhibit commemorates the 120th Birthday of Wanda Gag. The reception is free and open to the public.

Early works of Wanda Gag will be featured including recently acquired rare unseen sketches. One is a 1909 sketch of Wanda’s brother Howard, and the other is a 1916 sketch titled “The Loose Tooth,” which is documented in the book “Growing Pains: Diaries and Drawings from the Years 1908-1917” by Wanda Gag.

The sketches were donated by Audur H. Winnan, the author of “Wanda Gag: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Prints.” Winnan purchased the sketches from Robert Janssen, the executor of Wanda’s estate, after Wanda’s widower, Earl Humphrey’s death in 1950. Winnan said that because the sketches were created during the time Wanda lived in New Ulm, she felt compelled to donate them to the Wanda Gg House Association.

The exhibit features QR codes on the museum labels to enhance the visitor’s experience. The code, captured by a smart phone, is directed to a link which includes a short description of the work and gives visitors a chance to comment on the art or artifact they are viewing.

Wanda Gag was a Newberry Honors and Caldecott Medal Awards winning children’s book author and internationally acclaimed artist. She is the author of Millions of Cats – the oldest American picture book still in print. Her childhood home is located at 226 N. Washington, New Ulm.

The Wanda Gag House Interpretive Center and Museum is open weekends from May 10 to Oct. 20. For more information, please contact wandagaghouse@gmail.com

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