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!
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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!