January 7, 2019 Melissa Lamar

“Audubon Reincarnate,” an exhibition of graphic illustrations by Don Carter under the fine art pseudonym Edgar Allan Slothman, will be on display in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery January 24-February 21. A reception with refreshments will be held Saturday, January 26 from 2-4 p.m.

Don Carter is a creative director, designer and illustrator with more than 30 years of experience designing and art directing for Connecticut ad agencies. For the past 16 years, he has been a creative director with Adams & Knight in Avon. The illustrator of seven picture books for children, Carter has also created two Disney animated short-form series, “Happy Monster Band” and “Dance-A-Lot-Robot.” He has received awards for art direction, design and copywriting from organizations such as Boston’s Hatch awards, New York’s ADC, The One Show, Clio Awards, The Effie’s, Ad Club of CT and CADC. In 2017, he was inducted into the Connecticut Art Director’s Hall of Fame.

Illustrator Edgar Allan Slothman set out with an Apple computer in 2012 to reinterpret “Audubon’s Birds of America” in his own simplified, graphic style. His objective was to reinterpret this rich history for the digital age. “Like Audubon’s birds, mine have evolved as well and I wanted to show that progression in this show,” Slothman wrote in an artist statement. “My earlier birds were very close to Audubon’s— in color, composition and content,” he continued. “As the series has progressed, I’ve experimented more with color and cropping as well as illustration styles.”

Carter’s first book, “Wake Up House!” by Dee Lillegard was named one of the New York Public Library’s “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing” in 2000. School Library Journal also listed the book in their Best Books 2000. Publishers Weekly in a starred review wrote, “Visually striking…Carter makes his children’s book debut with arrestingly tactile, sculptural illustrations.” His “Get To Work Trucks” has been named a Best Book of the Year by Child Magazine and a Top 100 Book of 2002 by the New York Public Library. “Heaven’s All-Star Jazz Band” celebrates the pioneers of jazz and has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

A graduate of Paier College of Art in Hamden, Carter’s work has recently been on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Shaghai, China), Art Nanjing (Nanjing, China), Innovate Hartford (Hartford, CT), and New Britain Museum of Art (New Britain, CT).

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, email asimoes@tunxis.edu.