When illustrator Dave DeVries discovered that his niece Jessica had filled his sketchbook with doodles one fateful day at the Jersey Shore, he was less than thrilled.
“When kids draw, they carve into the paper, and it leaves an impression for the next 20 pages,” he said. “So I thought, oh no, there goes my sketchbook.”
Upon further inspection and a hint of inspiration, however, DeVries discovered that with a little color and texture, Jessica’s drawings could mean something more. The result was “The Monster Engine,” a vibrant, expressive exhibition that showcases an intimate glimpse into how far a child’s imagination can run, especially when it concerns one of their biggest fears — monsters.