Lights Out in the Schlueter Art Gallery at Wisconsin Lutheran

September 28, 2005

MILWAUKEE - From October 21 through November 20, the Schlueter Art Gallery at Wisconsin Lutheran College will feature the original hand-colored etchings of illustrator Arthur Geisert, created for his latest book, Lights Out.

A gallery talk, Lights Out in the Schlueter Art Gallery at Wisconsin LutheranConception to Illustration to Construction," with Geisert will be held Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m. in the college's Reichel Lecture Hall. A reception for the artist will follow at 7 - 9 p.m. in the Schlueter Art Gallery.

On Saturday, October 22, a book fair and signing with Arthur and Bonnie Geisert will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the gallery. The event is presented with community partner Barnes & Noble-Mayfair Road. In addition, children will be able to engage in a craft project based on the book.

Lights Out features Geisert's famous pigs in a visual tale of ingenuity. Piglet's parents are firm about lights out at eight o'clock. However, piglet cannot fall asleep without the lights on. He devises an ingenious series of contraptions that allow him to obey his parents while still keeping the light on long enough to fall asleep. Dominoes, tricycles, bowling balls and baseball bats play a part as each action and reaction leads gradually to the final tug of the lamp's switch.

Geisert, from Galena, Illinois, has won many awards for his books, including a New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Award for Pigs A to Z, Haystack and Roman Numerals I to MM. He has also received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and Society of Illustrators Silver Medal for Haystack, which was written by his wife, Bonnie. Arthur and Bonnie Geisert have collaborated on four other books about life in small-town America: Prairie Town, River Town, Mountain Town and Desert Town.

The Schlueter Art Gallery and Reichel Lecture Hall are located in Wisconsin Lutheran College's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. The exhibition, gallery talk, reception and book signing are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the art exhibition manager at (414) 443-8873. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 9 p.m.