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Author and illustrator Anita Lobel says that when she creates a book, she treats it as a play. Her work All the World’s a Stage, which is on display at the Center for the Visual Arts, includes the masks of comedy and tragedy.

Illustrator takes cues from theater

The Greater Denton Arts Council continues the Meadows Gallery exhibition “All the World’s a Stage: Anita Lobel” through Jan. 18.

The exhibit at the Center for the Visual Arts features Lobel’s considerable talents as an award-winning children’s book illustrator (she received Caldecott honors for On Market Street).

The exhibit is named for one of Lobel’s books, and for her approach to planning illustrations. Lobel develops characters and actions as if her pages were the storyboards for a play.

The illustrator connects with readers through her deliberate styles, each project yielding art in the tone and spirit of the narrative. The exhibit features illustrations from the 2003 children’s biography of William Shakespeare, All the World’s a Stage by Rebecca Piatt Davidson. Lobel gives young William a messy mop of hair and an open face — reminiscent of the familiar portrait of the older Shakespeare.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The arts center is located at 400 E. Hickory St. Admission is free. For more information, visit .

— Lucinda Breeding


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