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[BKARTS] Fiber and the Book Artist

From:   Sharon McCartney, curator
Re:   Fiber and the Book Artist Exhibition at the Fiber Art Center, Amherst, 

On this Thursday, February 2nd, an exciting new book show opens--don't miss 
 Here is the information:

Fiber and the Book Artist
February 2 - April 1, 2006
The Fiber Art Center - 79 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA
Opening Reception:   February 2, 5-8pm

Books made of fabric, thread, fragments of old paper, bark, metal, and 
discarded clothing are generally not found on the average library shelf, but to the 
artists featured in Fiber and the Book Artist, such unusual materials are part 
of an extensive fiber vocabulary used create unique artist books. Weaving, 
sewing, quilting, beading, papermaking, basketry, and various forms of surface 
design are just some of the techniques used to create the rich collection of 
work in this exhibition.   Highlighted here are books that were created to 
challenge the possibilities of these fiber methods as well as fiber pieces whose 
content is derived from book text and illustration.

Like other makers of unique books-painters, sculptors and collage 
artists-these fiber artists use the intimacy of the book format to collect images, tell 
stories, make statements and to challenge the very definition of the book 
itself.   This invitational show combines the work of book artists from all along 
the East Coast who have become known as innovators in this field. Included is 
the work of: Allison Cooke Brown, Wendy Ellertson, Nan Fleming, Susan 
Kapuscinski Gaylord, Sherrill Hunnibell, Sheryl Jaffe, Jan Owen, Peter Madden, Jane 
Maxwell, Mary McCarthy, Sharon McCartney, Joyce McDaniel, Miriam Schaer, Robbin 
Ami Silverberg, Stephanie Stigliano, Jean Stufflebeam, MaryJean Viano Crowe, 
and Betsey Webber.   These artists are united by their celebration of materials. 
Their vitality of textures, complexity of surfaces, and innovations in 
structures enliven and reenergize the very definition of this art form.

Several events have been planned around the exhibition.   On Thursday, 
February 9 @ 7pm, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord will speak about her Spirit Book series. 
(members free, non-members admission $5), and on Saturday, March 11, 2-4 pm 
there will be a talk and book signing by Holly Harrison, author of Altered 
Books, Collaborative Projects and Other Adventures in Bookmaking.

For more information and/or directions, contact Susan Loring-Wells, executive 
director, 413-256-1818 or check the website: fiberartcenter.com

Sharon McCartney
26 Maplecrest Drive
Belchertown, MA   01007

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