Category : Exhibit

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.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

I recently saw the traveling exhibit Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. The exhibit commemorates the 2007 bombing that resulted in the loss of a vibrant cultural and literary community in Baghdad. The exhibit has been traveling the world since 2012 and includes artists’ books and broadsides by artists from 26 countries.

The exhibit at Goddard included a small selection of the total works collected for the exhibit, which numbers at approximately 260 artists’ books.

Upon entering the exhibit space, I was immediately taken by the piece My Poem Becomes Theirs by Helga Butzer Felleiseh. It consisted of long hand cut vellum panels that gracefully cascaded down the wall. Her hand work is amazing.

The next piece that caught my eye was a collaborative book created by students at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Witness Al-Mutanabbi contained prints that focused on a variety of themes, including freedom of expression and violence as a method of censorship. The book showed the wide variety of responses to the bombing.

In general, I found myself attracted to the letterpress broadsides, which usually don’t draw my attention as much as artists’ books do. It’s probably due to my use of the Dartmouth letterpress studio – I have an increasing respect for the art form.

Overall, it was a powerful exhibit and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to see it in person. If you’d like to see the exhibit, check out the exhibition schedule and if you’re lucky, maybe it’s coming your way. They have dates set into 2016.

If they’re not going to be in your neck of the woods, you can view pieces from the exhibit online.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibit

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibit

Book Arts Guild of VT Spring Exhibit

I recently visited the Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s spring exhibit, Nature: Beasts and Botanicals, at the Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg, VT. I’m always amazed by the wonderful variety of work created by B.A.G. members and I’m proud to have my work exhibited alongside them.

I have two pieces in the show – A Dog’s Diary


…and Rabbit Glue.


One piece in the show that I enjoyed was Bestiary, uncommon creatures A-I, by Marcia Vogler. It contained nine fabulous, imagined creatures that I wish really existed. Marcia has a great sense of humor, which shines through in this piece.

Artists' book by Marcia Vogler

I also liked Maryann Riker’s A Pop-Up Field Guide to Flowers of North America. She’s got some mad pop-up skills. Seriously.

Pop-up book by Maryann Riker

The show is open now through June 16, 2014. If you can’t make it, you can check out images of the featured pieces on the B.A.G. website.

Ken Leslie’s Gold Dome Cycle

Last week I attended the opening for Ken Leslie‘s Gold Dome Cycle at the Vermont Supreme Court. I was particularly interested in seeing the exhibit because I’m taking a workshop with Ken at the Paper and Book Intensive in May – he’ll be teaching how to make his toroidal (a.k.a. doughnut-shaped) book structures.

For Gold Dome Cycle, Ken painted the view from the top of the Vermont State House every two weeks over the course of one year. One of the cool things about the shape of his books is that it allows him to depict things in a panoramic view. As a resident of Montpelier, I loved seeing his rendering of buildings I pass every day and take for granted (the DMV!).

The piece is really stunning. The person who created the frame is a genius.

In addition to Gold Dome Cycle, there were more than a dozen pieces on display – all stunning.

The exhibit runs now through March 28th at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, Vermont. If you’d like to learn more about Ken’s work, check out the wonderful video below, produced by Stuck in Vermont.

Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend – Montpelier/Calais Artists

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

Vermont’s Fall Open Studio Weekend is this weekend (October 6 & 7)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (and you totally should), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here.

There are 8 studios in the Montpelier/Calais area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of furniture, hooked wool rugs, sculpture, painting, photography, banners, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels (here’s the printable version). Because the studios are so close to each other, you can visit quite a few of them within a short period of time.

Have fun (and come here)!

Make that map bigger!

Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit: Shaping Pages, take 2

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont‘s spring exhibit, Shaping Pages has a new venue! The Creative Space Gallery, a great friend to the Guild, is hosting us through late June.

My book Little Known Facts About Crap is in the exhibit. If you didn’t get to see it at the S.P.A.C.E Gallery, you have a second chance!

You can view images from the exhibit on the Guild website. Be sure to check out our review in Seven Days, where the author granted my book a “Funny Award”.

If you’d like to check out the show, here’s the scoop:

Creative Space Gallery
235 Main Street
Vergennes, VT 05491
(802) 877-3850

Dates: May 3, 2012 – June 24, 2012
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Claire Van Vliet: A Celebration of Paper exhibit at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Sign from Claire Van Vliet exhibit - A Celebration of PaperA couple of weeks ago, I visited the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center to take in the Claire Van Vliet: Celebration of Paper exhibit.

The exhibit included both Van Vliet’s handmade books and pulp paintings. The books were presented on open pedestals without a glass/plexiglass cover. It was wonderful to be able to get really close to the pieces.

I swear – there was no touching. I’m a good girl.

I took lots of pictures of the show, but this is by no means is an excuse to skip the show if you can make it. The exhibit is small, yet cozy, and is easily doable in an hour. Go, go, go – it’s worth it!

Circulus Sapientiae/Circle of Wisdom (2001), pulp painting and letterpress:

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Circulus Sapientiae (Circle of Widsom)

Dido and Aeneas (1989), pulp painting and letterpress:

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Dido and Aeneas

Snowfield (1993), pulp painting:

Paper pulp painting by Claire Van Vliet - Snowfield

Paper pulp painting by Claire Van Vliet - Snowfield

Clouds (1992), pulp painting:

Paper pulp painting by Claire Van Vliet - Clouds

Lilac Wind (1983), pulp painting and letterpress:

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Lilac Wind

Handmade book by Claire Van Vliet - Lilac Wind

I picked up an exhibit catalog for the show, which I’ll show you in a future post.

If you’re closer to Montpelier, VT (hey, I live there!), you can visit Paper Works, another Van Vliet exhibit running now through the end of September. The exhibit is at the Governor’s Gallery in the Pavilion Office Building at 109 State Street. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and photo identification is required for admittance.

If you’d like to learn more about Van Vliet, Nigel Beale did an interview with her for Literary Tourist in 2009 – you can listen to it on their website.

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