Eleanor Estes’ classic children’s book, The Hundred Dresses, is the story of an immigrant schoolgirl who is teased by her classmates for her accent, name, clothes, and her family’s poverty. The book explores themes of acceptance, inclusion, art, empathy, and finding the courage to stand up for what is right.

The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All In This Together exhibition was created by artist Crystal Cawley who was inspired by Estes’ book. She sent over 150 artists a 14 x 11” letterpress dress print and invited them to read the book and create a dress related to the story.

It will be on display at the Gallery at Penn College, 1 College Avenue, Williamsport, June 4 through July 23.

The Gallery at Penn College receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. With this Partners in the Arts grant, The Gallery invited regional 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, through their school’s art educator, to read Estes’s book and create 7 x 5” works to add to the exhibit. Over 1,300 student creations will be included in the exhibit. We invite you to visit the gallery to view this community exhibit!

For more information, visit www.pct.edu/gallery.