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Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit: Celebration of the Book

After having missed the last 2 meetings of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, I finally made it up to Burlington last night. Everyone brought in their submissions for the Guild’s annual member show – Celebration of the Book.

I was so impressed with the variety of work this year (yes, I’m impressed every year) – so many different bindings, materials, and formats were used. This will be my third year participating in the Guild show and I’ll be showing the panel book I made during the Julie Chen workshop I attended this summer. At the show, one will have the opportunity to handle the book while wearing cotton gloves.

Artist book by Elissa Campbell - Life of a Life

I struggled with the idea of having others handle my piece, mostly because I’m worried about damage and it’s one-of-a-kind. I finally came to the conclusion that the book cannot be experienced fully unless one is able to interact with it directly. I think that there’s a strange freedom in trusting others to handle my book – it adds something new to the creative process of the work.

The show at the Firehouse Gallery is one of the stops on the First Friday Art Walk, a Burlington event held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

Here are the details on the show:

Celebration of the Book: An Exhibit of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont
September 5 – 30, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, September 5, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, second floor
135 Church Street, Burlington, VT

If you happen to be in Burlington, VT during the month of September, you should definitely check it out. I’ll be at the opening tomorrow, so come over and say “hi” – I’ll be the one in the curly hair.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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