Category : Exhibit

The Art of the Book – Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Frog Hollow

Last week I attended the opening for the second of the Book Arts Guild’s of Vermont‘s annual exhibits. This time I was at Frog Hollow Craft Gallery in Burlington, VT. The Art of the Book is open now until June 30th.

The Art of the Book exhibit sign - Frog Hollow Craft Gallery

If you go to the gallery, the show is in the back in a little nook. Here’s a partial view of said nook:

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Frog Hollow craft gallery

I can’t believe that the guild managed to fill two shows. Just like the exhibit at SPA, this one doesn’t disappoint – the work is stunning.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces (it seems I was drawn to black and white work this time):

I had another piece from my Fine Art edition in the show:

Fine Art - Handmade book by Elissa Campbell

Fine Art - Handmade book by Elissa Campbell

Fine Art - Handmade book by Elissa Campbell

And apparently this is what I do in between group pictures with my fellow B.A.G. members:

Frog Hollow is located at 85 Church Street in Burlington, VT. The exhibit runs now through June 30th.

Gallery hours:

  • Monday – Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, please call (802) 863-6458.

Note: If you can’t make it to the exhibit, you can view all of the included pieces on the Book Arts Guild of Vermont website.

Beyond Words: Artworks by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Yesterday I attended the opening for the first of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s annual exhibits – Beyond Words. That’s right – we have more than one exhibit this year.

The first (and currently open) show is at Studio Place Arts in the Second Floor Gallery. Here’s how the gallery describes the show:

Books can take on a language of their own, as shown in the multimedia work of this group of artists that use shape, structure, and materials to get their message across.

It’s a sweet little show with lots of wonderful member work.

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Studio Place Arts

Sign for Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit at Studio Place Arts

Here are a few of my favorite pieces (I seem to be drawn to red, orange, and black work):

And this is my piece for the show – Fine Art:Fine Art - Handmade book by Elissa Campbell

I’ll be sharing the story behind this piece in another post. It’s part of an edition of five books and each comes with a protective box.

I’m really proud of the work I did and it’s a miracle that I could squeeze in its production during Anna’s naps. Well, and I stayed up late working for several days. It was hard.

Studio Place Arts is located at 201 North Main Street in Barre, VT. The exhibit runs now through June 30th.

It’s well worth the visit. And if you make it to Barre, my studio is about 15 minutes away – give me a call and we can schedule a studio visit. You’ll get two book arts experiences for the price of one!

Gallery hours: 

  • Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit or call (802) 479-7069.

Note: If you can’t make it to the exhibit, you can view all of the included pieces on the Book Arts Guild of Vermont website.

Book Arts exhibits Perfect Storm

For three days in late July, there will be a perfect storm of book arts exhibits in Vermont. This sweet spot will take place from July 28 -30, 2017.

I’m so proud of the amount of creative talent we have in our jewel of a state. And the fact that there’s enough book art to fill three exhibits is just extraordinary. Yay Vermont!

Here’s the scoop:

  • Now through July 30th, the Creative Space Gallery is hosting The Art of the Handmade Book. You’ll encounter a wide range of methods at this exhibit, including hand lettering, painting, stamping, stitching, letterpress printing, and collage, as well as a variety of structures, including accordion books, Jacob’s Ladders, tunnel books, and altered structures. Featured artists include Rebecca Boardman, Elissa Campbell (that’s me!), Marilyn Gillis, Dorsey Hogg, Ann Joppe-Mercure, Jane Ploughman, Vera Ryersbach, Penne Tompkins, and Marcia Vogler. The gallery is located at 214 Main Street in Vergennes, VT.
  • The Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s annual exhibit is going on now through August 31st at SEABA in Burlington, VT. CORRESPONDENCE: Bookworks from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont responds to the concept of correspondence in the modern world. Members and friends of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont use various techniques to convey a sense of communication between ideas and materials in work that can be ‘read’. The gallery is located at 404 Pine Street.

  • Opening on July 28th and running through August 26th is UNBOUND VOL. VII, an exhibit that pushes the boundaries of what a book could be. This juried show looks to explore this idea of “the book” and all the ways artists use that format as a way of exploring new ideas. The exhibit at the ArtisTree Gallery is opening in conjunction with the kick off of the Bookstock Literary Festival. The gallery is located at 2095 Pomfret Road in South Pomfret, VT.

If you feel like attempting the exhibit trifecta, then you should find the Google map below helpful as you plan your route. As you can see, these galleries are not close to each other. If you start up at SEABA and work your way south, the route (one-way) will take approximately 2.25 hours (depending on the time of day).

I have work in two of the three exhibits – The Art of the Handmade Book and CORRESPONDENCE.

If you take on this route, tell me all about it and be sure to take pictures – I’d love to feature your trip on my blog!

Focus on Book Arts Faculty-Staff Exhibit

Now through June 10th, the Focus on Book Arts conference has a Faculty-Staff Exhibit at the Collins Gallery of the Central Library in downtown Portland, Oregon. My artist’s book/game hybrid, You Can’t Take it with You, will be part of the exhibition.

Artist book/game hybrid - You Can't Take it with You bye Elissa Campbell

I’m so honored to have my work shown alongside such a spectacular group of artists. Exhibitors include Pietro AccardiAnne CovellSam EllenportHelen HiebertAndrew HuotRoberta LavadourJana PullmanShawn SheehyBonnie StahleckerBarbara Tetenbaum, and Shu-Ju Wang.

The opening reception will be on May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There will be live music and refreshments – since I won’t be there, be sure to eat some cheese for me if you go.

In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be an artist panel discussion, Structure and Influence, on May 7th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. It’s sure to be an interesting event, well worth a visit.

When the exhibit closes in Portland, it will move to the Pacific University Library in Forest Grove, Oregon. It will reopen on June 13th and close on the last day of the Focus on Book Arts conference.

If you want to see the exhibit, here’s the scoop on gallery hours at each location:

Collins Gallery Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pacific University Library Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

If you can’t make it to the exhibit, you’re in luck – you can view the work online.

I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibit when I get to the conference in June!

The Book as Art exhibit

I’m so excited to have work on display as part of The Book as Art exhibit at Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury, VT. The exhibit was co-curated by Axel’s owner Whitney Aldrich and visual artist Marilyn Gillis and is open now through April 8, 2017.

Window display of altered books

Here’s what the gallery has to say about the exhibit:

In the exhibit Book as Art, nine women artists explore the limitless artistic possibilities of the book. Each work challenges our ideas of what a book can be with innovative structures, content, materials and creativity. Artist books will delight and fascinate as they move you beyond the page.

I have several pieces in the show and I’m thrilled to be joined by the fine company of other Book Arts Guild of Vermont members – Marilyn Gillis, Dorsey Hogg, Penne Tompkins, Ann Joppe-Mercure, Rebecca Boardman, Vera Ryersbach, Judy Sgantas, and Marcia Vogler.

Note: I apologize in advance for the quality of my photos – boo to funky lighting.

You can find one of my favorite Improv books in the exhibit, DOs and DON’Ts for Not Being a Dumbass… 

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - DOs and DON'Ts for Not Being a Dumbass

…as well as one of my most recent pieces, Peace Kannon.

Handmade artist book by Elissa Campbell - Peace Kannon

Rounding out my contributions to the show are Godzilla, Extreme Couponer and a batch of small leather journals with varied stitching.

Handmade books by Elissa Campbell

So enough about my work – I’d like to show you some pieces by my co-exhibitors. First off are two pieces by Marcia Vogler. I have long been envious of her illustrative style. She’s

By the way, check out how Whitney displayed Marcia’s panel book on the wall. She created a backing support and clipped the book to it. I have to admit that I was bad and peeked behind the magic curtain:

Next up is Rebecca Boardman. In America’s Transparent Dichotomy, she cleverly used slide mounts in a Jacob’s Ladder to create a piece in response to our current political climate.

Cochleate utilizes some amazing folding that makes my brain hurt (in a good way). Rebecca created the stand specifically for displaying this piece.

And lastly, here are two pieces by Dorsey Hogg, Vermont’s master of altered books. I can describe her skill as nothing other than insanity death folding.

There are so many wonderful pieces in this show – it’s totally worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Here’s the scoop on gallery hours:

  • Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Axel’s is located at 5 Stowe Street.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Book Works exhibit

The most recent meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont took place at the SEABA Gallery – it was the setting for our current group show, Book Works. I’m always impressed by the quality and variety of work that is created by members of our Guild.

Here’s a description of the show:

The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be ‘read’ in some way by the viewer. A group of books altered by folding and manipulating pages represents the outcome of the guild’s monthly meeting program where members share skills and encourage creative work. Other works represent the broad definition of the book as explored by painters, textile artists, and paper lovers.

My entry for the show was Superhero Handbook, a book I created during the 2014 Book Arts Improv. It was so nice to see it on display…

Artists' book - Superhero Handbook by Elissa Campbell

…and even nicer to see that it had sold!

Exhibit wall sign

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the show:

The show is fabulous and well worth a visit. You can check out the work up close, now through April 24th. If you can’t make it, you can view the exhibit on the Book Arts Guild of Vermont website.

Book Works – Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit

BAG 2015 exhibit postcard

The Spring 2015 exhibit from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is entitled Book Works, and includes work from members and friends interested in the structure and format of books. The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be ‘read’ in some way by the viewer. Other works represent the broad definition of the book as explored by painters, textile artists, and paper lovers.

The exhibit is taking place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington, VT during the month of April. The opening is tonight, on April 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., during First Friday Art Walk.

I have one piece in the show, Superhero Handbook – this is one of my books created during the 2014 Book Arts Improv.

If you’re interested in hearing me talk about the book, come to the gallery on April 8th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont will present to discuss their work. I think it’s fascinating to hear about artists’ creative process and inspirations, especially in person – it’s so much better than just reading a sign on the wall.

I hope to see you at the gallery!

Hello Hedi

Hello Hedi logoThe 23 Sandy Gallery currently has a call for entries for HELLO HEDI, a juried exhibition of book art inspired by the work of Hedi Kyle. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from June 5 – July 25, 2015.

One of the cool things about the show is that it coincides with the Focus on Book Arts conference. The artists’ reception is on June 26th, the Friday of the conference.

Laura Russell will be jurying the exhibit, while Hedi will be choosing the awards. Here’s a blurb from the 23 Sandy website about the exhibition:

…this is more than just a structure show. No blank books, please. We are looking for works that honor Hedi’s paper transformations with smart stories, strong concepts, focused contexts and excellent craftsmanship. We are open to works that adapt her structures, or works that expand her ideas and continue that sense of discovery that has long inspired us all. This international juried exhibition will also feature books by Hedi herself.

I am hoping that Hedi will attend the reception – she’ll be presenting at FOBA the night before, so she’ll be in the area. I don’t have anything in particular to talk to her about, it would mostly just be me being a total fan geek.

If you’re interested in submitting work for the exhibition, you have until March 28, 2015 to enter. Visit the 23 Sandy Gallery website for more details.

NEGBW Geographies exhibit

The most recent meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont took place at the University of Vermont. We had a dual purpose for the visit – our annual trip to Special Collections and the viewing of the New England Guild of Book Workers‘ exhibit Geographies.

I really enjoyed the NEGBW exhibit. Here’s how the curators summed it up:

With the only restraint that the work must relate to the theme of New England or the individual New England states, the 26 exhibitors were free to explore and express their creativity in a finished product of their choice, ranging from fine leather bindings to artist books and calligraphic productions.

Stephanie Wolff (NEGBW Exhibitions Coordinator) and Deborah Howe came up from Dartmouth to show us the pieces up close. They removed several books from the glass cases and gave us background on the work or the creator of the pieces. It makes such a difference to see work out of the display.

My favorite piece was Stones by Vermont artist Susan Bonthron. The work is based on a poem that Susan wrote about her daily walk up the hill behind her house. In addition to the illustrated book, there’s a stone wall landscape (with a wire-edge binding) that opens up to surround the piece when on display. The stones in the wall were collaged from an assortment of assorted paste and marbled papers.

A design binding by Patty Bruce also caught my eye. I loved the variety of patterns and textures used. Here’s what she had to say about her piece:

Life along the river’s edge is conjured up by this interpretation of the river painted on fabric using this primitive style, the symbolism of grass rooted in textured leather representing the river embankment and combined with a variegated leather that creates imagery of the horizon during a seasonal snowy mix.

The design binding of Little Women by Elizabeth Curran was insane (in a good way). The Orchard House is embroidered on the cover with amazing attention to detail.

Plant Corridors by Nancy Leavitt had an interesting focus – the evolution of plant life as it spreads via hitching rides with vehicles. In particular, Nancy’s book looked at vegetation along the Maine Interstate-95 corridor.

The miniature books by Todd Pattison, My Maine, had lovely textures. I just wanted to pop them in my mouth.

The five books are Maine products, as the text blocks are comprised of paper made by Katie MacGregor and the covering materials were all gathered from our land in Maine. The books combine the two things that make Maine special to me, the beauty of the natural environment and the wonderful people.

I think it would be fun to create a Vermont series of books in response to Todd’s work.

Grahem Patten’s book Call Me Trimtab is a fantastic sculptural piece and watching it being opened was fascinating. The way the book panels balance with the tension of the linen thread is mind boggling. The piece was inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller, an architect and inventor who grew up in New England.

There are many more pieces that are equally wonderful and I highly recommend checking out the exhibit if you can. You can read a post about the exhibit on the New England Guild of Book Workers blog – it lists upcoming exhibition dates throughout New England. You can also download the exhibition catalog for your reading pleasure.

The exhibit will be at the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT through December 12, 2014.

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