March 15—April 30

12th Illustrator Show - The Art of John Potter

Book Cover for Carl and the Shadow Hill Gang
Book Cover

The Brinton Museum presents works by award-winning artist and illustrator John Potter of Red Lodge, Montana. The Illustrator Show opens on March 15th in the Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery and includes more than forty of Potter’s original drawings and pencil sketches from a series of children’s storybooks by author Lynn Estes Friess of Jackson, Wyoming. Lynn’s enchanting children’s books about Carl, an inquisitive chipmunk, and Carl’s delightfully precocious animal friends are published by Mariposa Ranch Press, an independent children’s book publisher located near Cody. Artwork from the Carl series is generously on loan from the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, courtesy of Lynn and Foster Friess. Additional works in the exhibit include a selection of Potter’s colorful, original drawings from the delightful children’s book, Pony Bob’s Daring Ride: A Pony Express Adventure, a story about a rider of the famous Pony Express, with text by Joe Bensen, published by Falcon Press Publishing Co.

A reception to meet the artist takes place on Sunday, March 19th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

The Brinton’s annual Illustrator Show offers students the terrific opportunity to learn about the art of illustration, drawing and sketching and how a children’s book is created and published. The Illustrator Shows have been successful in reaching an audience of thousands of elementary and middle-school students from throughout Sheridan and Johnson Counties. John Potter will be in residence at The Brinton Museum from March 20 through March 24 to meet and talk with schoolchildren. Museum Docents are available to conduct school tours through the end of April. To schedule a tour, contact Curator of Exhibitions Barbara McNab at or call 307-672-3173.

Portrait photo of John Potter by Frances Cannon
Photo by Frances Cannon

John Potter is a member of the prestigious Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists and a recipient of the 2010 Legacy Award from the Montana Historical Society. He is also the recipient of the Robert Kuhn Award given by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson (WY). Author Lynn Estes Friess’s whimsical Carl series of storybooks received the Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence.