Imaginary Friends

Imaginary Friends

April 19, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Apr 19, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Wrought from the depths of our creativity, imaginary friends have been steadfast companions through amazing journeys and have helped to overcome unbelievable hardships. Despite being figments of our imaginations, these fantastical comrades cultivate immense growth and represent very real bonds. 

Inspired by these unreal friendships, award-winning children's book illustrator Dan Santat's The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend weaves a tale about companionship, courage, and finding one's place in the world.  Beginning on an island far away where imaginary friends are born, one patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when Beekle is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match.

In conjunction with the release of Dan Santat's book, Nucleus celebrates these not-so-real friendships with a roster of some of our favorite artists, including noteable children's book illustrators, who would like to introduce all of us to their very own imaginary friends. Join us opening night as we pay tribute to friends both real and imagined.

Exhibiting Artists Include
Adam Rex
Ako Castuera
Alina Chau

Anna Chambers
Anne Benjamin
Calef Brown
Camille Andre
Corinne Reid

Cuddly Rigor Mortis
Dan Santat
Daniel Brassette 
Daniella Volpari
Dave Roman
Genevieve Godbout
Israel Sanchez
Jaime Zollars
Jake Parker
Joy Ang
Matthew Cordell
Maxime Mary
Nate Wragg
Nicole Gustafsson
Pascal Campion
Seb Mesnard
Tuna Bora
Yohan Sacre

...among others soon to be announced!

Image by Dan Santat 

Image by Zachariah OHora

Image by Camille André

Image by Nicole Gustafsson 

Image by Alina Chau 

My Gorilla-Sasquatch-Thing Friend And Me (part 2), Matthew Cordell
My Gorilla-Sasquatch-Thing Friend And Me (part 2)
The Best I Could Imagine (Mom's Mags), Dave Roman
The Best I Could Imagine (Mom's Mags)
A Tea Party With Fancy Friends, Joy Ang
A Tea Party With Fancy Friends
Beekle Portraits (Inside Cover), Dan Santat
Beekle Portraits (Inside Cover)
Beekle Ship Dock Pg 14-15, Dan Santat
Beekle Ship Dock Pg 14-15
Beekle Raised Arms (Small Sketch), Dan Santat
Beekle Raised Arms (Small Sketch)
Beekle Hat (Small Sketch), Dan Santat
Beekle Hat (Small Sketch)
Beekle Hills (Small Sketch), Dan Santat
Beekle Hills (Small Sketch)
Beekle Sailing (Small Sketch), Dan Santat
Beekle Sailing (Small Sketch)
The Best I Could Imagine (Head Sitter), Dave Roman
The Best I Could Imagine (Head Sitter)

Some artwork may be paid for in installments. Please for details.

Event Exclusives

Beekle pg 9-10 (Unimaginable Journey), Dan Santat
Beekle pg 9-10 (Unimaginable Journey)