Artful Books

August 24-October 27

This month in the Concourse Gallery, artists are taking on the book medium.  An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.  An altered book artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. Some change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.  Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

This months artists are Amy Turn Sharp, Brooke Hunter-Lombardi, Juliette Montague, Ellen Sheffield, Ann Silverman, Jeff Ulrich, Abigail Algueseva, and Jennifer Evans Kinsley.  There will be an artists reception September 17, 1–3 p.m, please come show your support, and see some amazing transformations.

We know you’ll be inspired to make your own altered book, so sign up for the Artful Book Workshop on October 1, 1-3 pm, for ages 14 and up. This two hour, hands-on experience brings together technique and meaning making to jump-start your altered book project. Choose to turn an old book into a box for secrets or to experiment with various mixed media techniques to transform book pages into mixed media art. Come prepared to cut, sew, paint, glue, age, transfer and more! Some books and many supplies will be provided. Bring your ideas and a book or book pages to use as a starting point. This dynamic workshop will be taught by artist/co-curator of Artful Books, Brooke Hunter-Lombardi.  $15 R | $20 NR

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