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[BKARTS] MCBA - Media Attention for Rubber Stamp Exhibition

Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis is getting some great media
attention for its newest exhibition "Multiplicity for Millions:  The Art &
History of Rubber Stamps".

"Stamp of Approval" by Maja Beckstrom

"Rubber stamp:  Office tool or art object?"
A new exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Book Art examines the rise of the
rubber stamp from a simple office tool to an accessible artistic medium.
First used by fringe artists to mass produce art on the cheap, rubber stamps
are now used by millions to create personalized stationery and craft art.

MPR is also airing a special segment on their "State of the Arts" program
with Marianne Combs tomorrow (Fri, 23) from 10-11 a.m.


WHAT:    Multiplicity for Millions: The Art and History of Rubber Stamps

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Star Tribune Foundation Gallery
At Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55415

DATE:  January 17 through April 4, 2004

Tuesday: 10 a.m.­9 p.m.
Wednesday ­ Saturday: 10 a.m.­5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: CLOSED

COST:    Free and open to the public.


A new exhibition, Multiplicity for Millions: The Art and History of Rubber
Stamps, will be mounted in Minnesota Center for Book Arts¹ (MCBA) Star
Tribune Foundation Gallery January 17 through April 4, 2004, featuring 80
vintage rubber stamp sets from the private collections of L. Scott Helmes
and Picasso Gaglione.  The show will document the history of the rubber
stamp, from its use as a marketing tool by business owners in the late
1800¹s to present day rubber-stampers, card-crafters, scrapbookers and book
artists who incorporate stamps into their work.  Rubber stamp artwork,
exemplars and an activity station will also be featured in the exhibit.

MCBA is a nonprofit arts organization working to engage diverse artists and
learners in finding creativity, expression and inspiration through the book
arts.  MCBA provides classes in the arts of papermaking, letterpress
printing, printmaking and bookbinding for youth, families and adults.  An
artist fellowship program, artists¹ cooperative, lectures and studio space
and equipment are also offered.

The Star Tribune Foundation Gallery at MCBA features four to five
exhibitions each year highlighting the traditional and contemporary book
arts.  The Shop at MCBA features works by 140 consignment artists along with
bookmaking supplies and gift items.

MCBA is located in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, along
with the Loft Literary Center, Rosalux Gallery and Milkweed Editions.


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