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[BKARTS] Chicago Handbook Binders Exhibit

Sent in by Karen Hanmer.  For further info conact Karen directly (her email
is below):

Chicago Hand Bookbinders
 Exhibition 2005
 A Salute to Audubon¹s Birds of America

Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-8 pm Reception at Northwestern University Library Lecture at 6 pm by Russell Maylone, Curator, McCormick Library of Special Collections: Audubons I Have Known: anecdotes of Audubon, his birds and writings Please call to reserve a seat at the lecture: 847-491-7607

 March 8-April 28
 Northwestern University Library
 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, 847-491-7658
 M-Sa 8:30 am-11:45 pm, Su noon-11:45 pm

 May 3-23
 Joan Flasch Artists¹ Book Collection
 John M Flaxman Library
 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
 37 South Wabash, 6th floor
 Chicago, 312-899-5098
 M-F 9-7, Sa 10-2
 Call for summer hours after May 15

 Questions: karen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  847 724-6324
 Digital image and electronic copy of press release available upon request

The theme of the 2005 Chicago Hand Bookbinders exhibition is a salute to John James Audubon¹s Birds of America. Members from Chicago and suburbs, Arizona and Kentucky address this theme in works ranging from traditionally bound leather books to objects incorporating non traditional materials such as an actual bird nest.

 The dozen plus works on exhibit by Chicago Hand Bookbinders members

A book incorporating a bird nest, by Kitz Rickert of Chicago

 The Birds in the Culture, weaving together photographs and found objects
with stories from the artist¹s life and vignettes of birds from popular
culture, by Malina Belcheva of Evanston

 A traditional full leather binding with pins and blind tooling representing
the nail studded, gridded board Audubon used to position his specimens prior
to drawing, by Karen Hanmer of Glenview

 Another traditional full leather binding with very large leather onlays of
birds, a reference to Audubon¹s challenge to illustrate even his largest
specimens at life size, by Robert Hanmer of Glenview

 Mostly Birds, a collection of illustration of birds drawn over a 6 year
period, by Henry Maron of Chicago

 Birds, a miniature book of cut paper and collaged birds from artist¹s
imagination, by Sherryl Keyes of Oak Park

  Birds' Roost,  a collection of digitally collaged monotype prints and
found ephemera including vintage advertising giveaways and foreign postage
stamps, by Margaret Suchland of Tucson, AZ

 Flight Manual and Instruction Book, incorporating an instruction manual for
making paper airplanes and a boxed collection of samples, by Constance K.
Wozny of Eastwood, KY

At Northwestern University Library¹s main entrance visitors will see a huge, open volume of John James Audubon¹s Birds of America. The roughly 40x30² volume is one of a set of four containing a total of 435 hand-colored, life-sized engravings. The plates were printed in London and issued between 1826-1838. The last complete set sold at auction in 2000 for $8.8 million. This set was a gift to Northwestern University by Charles Deering in 1918. Russell Maylone, Curator of Northwestern¹s Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections turns the book to a new page each month.

 Maylone, an avid bird watcher, will lecture at the exhibition¹s opening
reception on Audubons I Have Known: anecdotes of Audubon, his birds and
writings. Please call to reserve a seat at the lecture: 847-491-7607.

 Chicago Hand Bookbinders was founded in 1978 to promote awareness,
understanding, and appreciation of books made by hand. Our members are
amateur, student and professional binders and anyone interested in the book
arts. Our aims are to learn from one another through sharing of skills and
techniques; to educate the public through exhibitions and demonstrations;
and to encourage the highest standards in the craft of bookbinding. For more
information, see http://www.larksparrowpress.com/chb/ or write Chicago Hand
Bookbinders, PO Box 802998, Chicago, IL 60680.

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