Featured Artist from the PSBA 5th Anniversary Book – Kim Izenman

It is hard to believe, but Puget Sound Book Artists is celebrating 5 years as an organization. In honor of this most auspicious occasion, members were asked to contribute a page to a 5th Anniversary book. Throughout the summer, we will be adding new images to showcase the 5th Year Celebration Book. The 5th year book project is coordinated by An Gates, PSBA Board member and lead curator of the 2015 exhibition team.

Kim Izenman“I like to make books filled with texture rather than words. My inspiration comes from travel, memories, dreams, and one-sided conversations.”

Kim Izenman

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Featured Artist from the PSBA 5th Anniversary Book – Jan Ward

It is hard to believe, but Puget Sound Book Artists is celebrating 5 years as an organization. In honor of this most auspicious occasion, members were asked to contribute a page to a 5th Anniversary book. Throughout the summer, we will be adding new images to showcase the 5th Year Celebration Book. The 5th year book project is coordinated by An Gates, PSBA Board member and lead curator of the 2015 exhibition team.

Jan Ward“My curiosity spurs my work as I respond to my infinite muse: the world around me. I explore through the challenge of mixing media— papermaking, hand printing, photography combined with encaustics, found objects, and ‘rustin’ bring me deep satisfaction.”

Jan Ward

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Featured Artist from the PSBA 5th Anniversary Book – Gina Pisello

It is hard to believe, but Puget Sound Book Artists is celebrating 5 years as an organization. In honor of this most auspicious occasion, members were asked to contribute a page to a 5th Anniversary book. Throughout the summer, we will be adding new images to showcase the 5th Year Celebration Book. The 5th year book project is coordinated by An Gates, PSBA Board member and lead curator of the 2015 exhibition team.

Gina Pisello“I have been playing with paper my whole life and making artist books for more than a decade. I am always asking what if…? and artist’s books always seem to hold the answers.” 

Gina Pisello

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Featured Artist from the PSBA 5th Anniversary Book: Bonnie Julien

It is hard to believe, but Puget Sound Book Artists is celebrating 5 years as an organization.  In honor of this most auspicious occasion, members were asked to contribute a page to a 5th Anniversary book.  Throughout the summer, we will be adding new images to showcase the 5th Year Celebration Book.  The 5th year book project is coordinated by An Gates, PSBA Board member and lead curator of the 2015 exhibition team.

Bonnie Julien“I have been an active member of the North Redwoods Book Art Guild (NORBAG) in California for the past 10 years and participate in their monthly themed book exchanges. It’s always a challenge to come up with a new book each month, but it inspires me to try different techniques and materials. Being a member of both NORBAG and PSBA gives me a link to many creative and talented artists”.

Bonnie Julien

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Featured Artist from the PSBA 5th Anniversary Book – Bonnie Larson

It is hard to believe, but Puget Sound Book Artists is celebrating 5 years as an organization.  In honor of this most auspicious occasion, members were asked to contribute a page to a 5th Anniversary book.  Throughout the summer, we will be adding new images to showcase the 5th Year Celebration Book.  The 5th year book project is coordinated by An Gates, PSBA Board member and lead curator of the 2015 exhibition team.

Bonnie Larson“Intentionally simple journals were prepared in advance in order to record travels, memoirs and class instruction. A great part of the work was completed “on location.” Art projects such as this one make travel and class more exciting as interesting information is recorded in the moment.”

Bonnie Larson

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Featured Artist from the PSBA 5th Anniversary Book – Deborah Greenwood

It is hard to believe, but Puget Sound Book Artists is celebrating 5 years as an organization. In honor of this most auspicious occasion, members were asked to contribute a page to a 5th Anniversary book. Throughout the summer, we will be adding new images to showcase the 5th Year Celebration Book. The 5th year book project is coordinated by An Gates, PSBA Board member and lead curator of the 2015 exhibition team.

Deborah Greenwood“I explore the tension between the traditional book format and using materials outside their expected use. I am looking for the story in ordinary unexpected disposable materials. Often this discovery of story is found by shifting the focus or the expected angle of view just far enough away from its original form in order to really see it, or see what it feels like rather than what it looks like.”

Deborah Greenwood

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Featured Artist from the PSBA 5th Anniversary Book – Dorothy McCuistion

It is hard to believe, but Puget Sound Book Artists is celebrating 5 years as an organization. In honor of this most auspicious occasion, members were asked to contribute a page to a 5th Anniversary book. Throughout the summer, we will be adding new images to showcase the 5th Year Celebration Book. The 5th year book project is coordinated by An Gates, PSBA Board member and lead curator of the 2015 exhibition team.

Dorothy McCuistion“My approach to making art is direct and uncomplicated. I harvest the essence of plants, animals, people and places to transcend time and place. I layer the personal with the universal, the local with the far-flung, and the mundane with exotic. Observational drawings, random marks and images captured in photographs are all grist for my art making. Ultimately, shape and color dominate.”

Dorothy McCuistion

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Five Years and Counting

In celebration of Puget Sound Book Artists 5th Annual Membership Exhibition a call was put out to all members of PSBA to submit a page to be bound into a 5th Anniversary Book. Each page was to be 5” x 5” using the theme of “five”.

five year anniversary book“In numerology, the attributes of the number 5 are freedom, choices, curiosity, adventure, change and life lessons learned through experiences.   These all pertain to attributes found in our journey as members of the PSBA.  What an adventure it has been and certainly life’s lessons learned pertains, and loved it every step of the way.  Thank you for its adventure that hopefully is just beginning.”

Lily Richmond, member PSBA

An Gates, head curator for this years exhibition is currently designing and creating a special clam shell box which will house the book when completed.  The book will then be available for viewing at Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound.

Twenty-four artists submitted a page: Mary Ashton, MalPina Chan, Pat Chupa, Debbi Commodore, Deb Creveling, Pat Exworthy, An Gates, Mari Eckstein Gower, Deborah Greenwood, Carol Hannum, Mark Hoppmann, Kim Izenman, Bonnie Julien, Lynne Knopp, Bonnie Larson, Dorothy McCuistion, Peter Newland, Gina Pisello, Lily Richmond, Carole Sauter, Marilyn Stablein, Elizabeth Walsh, Jan Ward and Don Whiting.

A special Thank You to each of you for contributing  to the creation of this book.   Below, we have selected a few images from the book for your enjoyment.

 An Gates Head Curator, 2015 PSBA Members Exhibition

Five Years by Debbi Commodore

Five Years by Debbi Commodore

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Five Years by Gina Pisello

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Five Years by Jan Ward

 Blog by An Gates
Photo Credits: An Gates

 

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Celebration!

Left to Right: Gabby Cooksey, An Gates, Kim Izenman, Hidde Van Dyum, Lynne Knopp, Jan Ward, Lynn Skordal

Left to Right: Gabby Cooksey, An Gates, Kim Izenman, Hidde Van Dyum, Lynne Knopp, Jan Ward, Lynn Skordal. Not Pictured: Mari Gower

Take a cake, a cellist, banners, a memorable keepsake printed by Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, add a room full of artists, guests and patrons, and 44 handmade books created by 28 book artists, and you have yourselves a party. June 4, 2015 marked the opening reception of the Puget Sound Book Artists 5th Annual Members Exhibition at Collins Library on the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma Washington. After five years, the organization had much to celebrate. From a small group of five individuals, the Puget Sound Book Artists has grown to over 80 members and in 2013 was the recipient of the AMOCAT Award for community outreach by an organization. To date over 60 mini-workshops, lectures, presentations, exhibitions and other PSBA related events have been hosted or sponsored by the Puget Sound Book Artists, with more already scheduled into 2016. As I said, we had much to celebrate.

Circle or Zero by Award for Excellence recipient, Mari Gower

Circle or Zero by Award for Excellence recipient, Mari Gower

This year’s exhibition was curated by PSBA members, An Gates, Lynne Knopp, Jan Ward, and Kim Izenman. Congratulations to Mari Gower for the Recognition of Excellence Award bestowed by Hidde Van Dyum for her work, Circle or Zero, Gabby Cooksey for the Collins Library Award awarded by Peggy Burge, Eli Gandour-Rood, and Katie Henningsen  for Monsters and Beasts , and Lynn Skordal for the Curator’s Choice Award given by An Gates, Jan Ward, Kim Izenman, and Lynne Knopp for Smoke.  The award books were created by Jan Ward, Kim Izenman and Debbi Commodore. And last but not least Congratulations and Thank You to all the artists who participated in this year’s exhibition for making it so memorable.   I can’t wait for the next five years.

Smoke by Collins Library Award recipient, Lynn Skordal

Smoke by Collins Library Award recipient, Lynn Skordal

Monsters and Beasts by Curators Choice Award recipient, Gabby Cooksey

Monsters and Beasts by Curators Choice Award recipient, Gabby Cooksey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Fifth Annual,
Puget Sound Book Artists
Member’s Exhibition
June 4th -July 30th
Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

Conversation with the Artists
Wednesday,June 17th, 5:30-7:30
Trimble Hall

Panel Discussion,
The Artists Vision: From Idea to Completion
Thursday, July 16th, 5:30-7:30
Collins Library, Room 020

All events are at the University of Puget Sound

Library hours: pugetsound.edu/libraryhours

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To view an online catalog of the exhibition, visit the UPS website.

To order your own catalog of the exhibition, visit Blurb.com

Scroll down for more pictures from the opening reception!

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Visitors to the opening reception of the 5th Annual PSBA Members' Exhibition

Visitors to the opening reception of the 5th Annual PSBA Members’ Exhibition

Blog by Mark Hoppmann
Photo Credits: Jamie Spaine & Mark Hoppmann
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The Soul of the Artist

March 1996 - opened resizedArtists know there is more than one way to see.   We sketch what is immediately in front of us, which can be interpreted in infinite ways, leaving us open to criticism from others who state emphatically, “That’s not what it looked like at all.” Or, we practice the alternative, sketching with something vaguely known as the “mind’s eye”, in which case most people walk away without saying a word, as if what we have on our minds is just too strange to address.

Walking along the beach or sitting on a patio, we see a composition, a pattern, or perhaps even a moment. Like everyone else, we see what is in front of us. Unlike the vast majority, we feel compelled to set it down on paper before we forget, or lose the image forever; or maybe not. What if the vision is simply stored away, only to be reincarnated with the smallest provocation, days or maybe even years later, but now, slightly askew? Is the mind’s eye simply the culmination of a lifetime of experiences and memories that are just now finding their way back from where ever they have been stored patiently waiting for just the right moment for us to see them again?

Drawing from multiple sources, Kate Kern, obviously, has found her own way to see.  It is as if Kate is seeing what is in front of her and her mind’s eye simultaneously.  Whether walking around an installation titled, Red Animals, created from A Golden Nature Guide, or looking at a sketch titled March 1996-Opened, one appreciates the serendipity of the mind’s eye, combined with a lifetime of experience. Or perhaps we are just seeing the soul of the artist.

Red Animals Installation by Kate Kern

Red Animals Installation by
Kate Kern

Mother,s Day Mitten by Kate Kern

Mother’s Day Mitten by Kate Kern

Kate Kern is a visual artist who makes drawings, artists’ books, and installations. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she received a BFA from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Kern has been the recipient of grants from the City of Cincinnati, the Ohio Arts Council, Arts Midwest and Summerfair. She was a finalist in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s inaugural 4th Floor Biennial Award for Contemporary Art.  Her work was included in the exhibition in print, International Drawing Annual 6, published by Manifest Drawing and Research Center. Solo exhibitions include: Small World, Aisle Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Always and Everywhere, Springfield (OH) Museum of Art; Attract Year Round Beauty, Weston Art Gallery of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH. She is a visual artist in the Ohio Arts Council’s artist-in-residence program. In 2011 she was a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA.  Recently she curated and had work in the collaborative exhibition Wounded Home at the Lloyd Library and Museum and had an etching in Clay Street Press’ Cincinnati Portfolio IV, published in 2013. Her work can be found in collections including: The Akron Art Museum, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Getty Research Institute, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Franklin Furnace /MOMA Artist Book Collection, MOMA library, and the Artists’ Book Collections of Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati, Brown University and others.

To find out more about Kate Kern and her work, visit her website at www.katekern.com

Blog by Mark Hoppmann
Photo Credits: Kate Kern
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