Happy Spring! With it brings a new round of book arts exhibits! Opening this month is "Readers' Art 12: Longing for Home" at the Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN...with a theme of home and what it means to you. This blog's writer has two works in this always inventive and exciting annual exhibit! Also, from NJ is Mary-Ellen Campbell who also has a work in the exhibit. Check it out at http://www.susanhenselgallery.com/. At the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center in Kalamazoo, MI, presents "Good Eats". This is an annual exhibit as well with all 2-d food-related artwork. (I also have a work in this exhibit as well...shameless self-promotion here!) This coincides with their annual Edible Book Fest taking place on April 2nd, where contributors to the Fest make all books edible! In May, their other popular exhibit, "The Illustrated Accordion" will open with another work of mine in the show! For more information, check it out at http://www.kalbookarts.org/category/kbac-gallery/. Also, showing here on the East Coast and closing at the end of this month is an interesting exhibit at the Center for Book Arts entitled "Fine and Dirty" curated by Betty Bright and Jeff Rathermel showcasing letterpress and its use in book arts and more! http://www.centerforbookarts.org/exhibits/archive/showdetail.asp?showID=217 Also, for the lovers of popups, check out this: University of Rochester showcases "Pop-up and Movable Books from the 16th Century to Today". It will be up for awhile and looks to be a great exhibit of pop-ups and moveables. Another fun exhibit that opened at the Santa Fe Community College celebrating the creation of their Center for Book Arts and Printmaking is "BAG Shows Off", an exhibit of book artists from the area exhibiting their wonderful creations...and, yes, I have a piece in this exhibit as well! Enjoy this lovely weather and get out there and make some books!
It never ceases to amaze me that I feel as if the beginning of the new school year is actually the beginning of the new year! It's the unofficial New Year! School begins and summer ends bringing changing leaves, warm comfy sweaters and warm cups of apple cider and hot chocolate with friends. Maybe it's looking forward to that crisp snap in the air, or the wonderful gold of fall sunsets, but it always feel like rejuvenation for me. So, speaking of rejuvination, let's take a look at some great exhibits happening throughout the country on book arts! We celebrated the 10th anniversary of September 11th and with it Skillman Library at Lafayette College in Easton, PA has a great exhibit of artists' books dealing with this very topic! Diane Shaw, curator and director of Special Collections has gathered together a somber reminder through the book medium to commemmorate this historic event. On a lighter note, Bookopolis opens on Saturday, September 24th at the Asheville Bookworks, Asheville, NC with wonderful books on display from book artists all over the country. Selections will continue onto an extended exhibit through December. For info, google "Bookopolis"! Another great show occurring right now out in Santa Fe, NM at the Rotunda Gallery in the Governor's Mansion, Santa Fe, NM is the annual members' show of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group. For more info, google, "Santa Fe Book Arts Group" and the images will appear on the home page. Enjoy September and gather some leaves and press them in your favorite book! And, in December when the cold winds blow, you'll have some great reminders of Fall!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!