* Carmen Beecher * Cindy Michaud * Carol Schiff * Denette Schweikert * Donna Vines * Mary Warnick * Kathy Garvey *Fay Picardi * Jean Thomas

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Altered Books Exhibit March 6th

Three of the Pieces of 8 (Kathy Garvey, Cindy Michaud and newest member Fay Picardi) have altered books for the exhibit opening at the Satellite Beach Library on Tuesday, March 6th. Each artist who accepted a book was challenged to turn it into a new work. Each alteration was unique.

From within our group: Cindy took a book of poetry by Keats and turned it into a charming notebook containing cutaways and her lovely drawings, Fay converted a book about Queen Elizabeth into an actual replica of her, complete with Elizabethan collar, and my AA Road Book of Ireland became gilded pages of my feelings on Ireland and a box to contain the very special Gazetteer.

This was a first for all of us and we were amazed at how much time required to alter a book. We also learned a lot about the process and felt it would be a wonderful project for schools to take on. Our books were all collected from a library in Great Britain by Paula Steere (http://www.paulabooks.co.uk/), a well known handmade book artist who spearheaded this project. But all libraries have books available that would otherwise be sent on to recycling and it would be lovely to see any local schools take on a similar project.

The opening is at 6:30 p.m., March 6th, in the large program room outside of the main desk area of the Satellite Beach Library. Please come if you can to meet all of the local artists participating. We'd love to meet you. This is the only time for hands on access to the books before they are placed into a glass shelf at the Library for the remainder of the month.

Check out an advance announcement and beautiful pictures by Maria Sonnenberg for Florida Today at http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012302290001.

Hope to see you there.

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