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Bookworks: Artists’ Books from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

I recently visited the Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s annual exhibit, Bookworks: Artists’ Books from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. The show is at the Living/Learning Center gallery at the University of Vermont and runs until March 18, 2016. 

The gallery is a cozy little space, with books displayed out in the open (no glass cases). Signs by each book indicated whether or not they could be handled and gloves were available for this purpose.

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at UVM

There’s a lot to love about this show. I’m sure I’m biased because the participating artists are my friends, but the work is really quite nice. The exhibit includes a wonderful variety of work, ranging from altered books to calligraphy, letterpressed editions to wall pieces.

One of my favorite pieces in the show was created by Jane Ploughman – 26 Reasons: why my garden will not be featured in Martha Stewart Living. The book included letterpress prints, linoleum cuts, and collographs – and it made me laugh so hard.

Jane’s alphabetic reasons for garden failure are hilarious – Q: I quit, Z: time for a snooZe, O: those were onions NOT weeds!!!

Artists' book by Jane Ploughman

26 Reasons: why my garden will not be featured in Martha Stewart Living by Jane Ploughman

Artists' book by Jane Ploughman

26 Reasons: why my garden will not be featured in Martha Stewart Living by Jane Ploughman

Another piece I enjoyed was The Echo in My Soul by Ann Joppe-Mercure. The text of the book included lyrics from musicians, including Arlo Guthrie and Julie Gold. The printed box lining cleverly incorporated the colophon – it was subtle. As part of the experience, Ann offered origami cranes to her readers, in a way making them part of the book.

Artists' book by Ann Joppe-Mercure

The Echo in My Soul by Ann Joppe-Mercure

Dorsey Hogg is our guild’s altered book master and her piece Expanding Borders was fantastic. She carved a niche out of an atlas, which was a cozy nook for housing two semicircular books.

Altered book by Dorsey Hogg

Expanding Borders by Dorsey Hogg

Altered book by Dorsey Hogg

Expanding Borders by Dorsey Hogg

Did I mention that I have three pieces in the show? Two of the books are historical models – a girdle book and an Islamic binding.

Girdle Book model by Elissa Campbell

Girdle Book

Islamic Binding model by Elissa Campbell

Islamic Binding

I also included one of my Improv books – Fabruary. I figured that the content was appropriate considering that the exhibit started in February. Here’s a shot of the book with my head:

Elissa Campbell with an artists' book

Get thyself over to UVM and check out the exhibit – you won’t be disappointed. And if you happen to be far, far away – don’t fret! You can see all of the pieces on the Book Arts Guild of Vermont’s website.

2 Responses to “Bookworks: Artists’ Books from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont”

By daria wilber - 10 March 2016 Reply

What a wonderful exhibit.

By Elissa - 16 March 2016 Reply

Daria –

It’s pretty fabulous – well worth a visit.

Elissa

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

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