Opening Night

The Puget Sound Book Artists 4th Annual Members Exhibition

June 5th-July 31st 2014
Collins Memorial Library,
The University of Puget Sound

The evening of June 5th, 2014 marked the opening reception for the  4th Annual Puget Sound Book Artists Members Exhibition, featuring 57 extraordinary handmade books created by 39 artists from Puget Sound and beyond.  Held annually at Collins Memorial Library on the University of Puget Sound Campus, the exhibition represents the growing diversity of ideas constantly challenging the question; What is a book?    in this exhibition, using various media ranging from photography, printmaking,  drawing, painting, calligraphy, and digital means, and employing a variety of materials including wood, handmade paper, fabric, and cordage, the members of the Puget Sound Book Artists strive to answer that question.

Aside from the artists, the success of this year’s exhibition rested squarely on the shoulders of the curators.  Taking on a vast scope of responsibilities, several months of planning and last minute alterations, the curators who made the 4th annual PSBA Members Exhibition possible were Puget Sound Book Artists,  Patricia Chupa, Deborah Greenwood, An Gates, and Elizabeth Walsh.  Let it be said, they did not disappoint.

Three awards were conferred last night by the curatorial team of Deborah Greenwood, An Gates, Pat Chupa, and Elizabeth Walsh, and by guest jurors  Margaret Bullock,  Katie Henningsen, Hilary Robbeloth, Peggy Burge, and Julie Christoph.

Collins Library Award:
Laura Russell, Anything Helps

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photo credit: Laura Russell

 Anything Helps is a limited edition artist book surveying the hand-scrawled cardboard signs used by the panhandlers and Homeless people on street corners everywhere.  These folks can be found on city intersections and highway off ramps in cities large and small across the county.  It is so very easy to keep driving and avert our eyes as we pass by.  Over the last three years I have been collecting these signs, some purchased for $5, some found.  Many of the signs are works of art-clever, eye-catching words and illustrations designed to garner our sympathy and our coins as we speed by at 35 mph.

Laura Russell

Curators’ Choice Award:
Mari Gower, An Alchemist’s Lunch Box

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photo credit: Mari Gower

 I see many parallels between scientists who research GMO crops today and medieval alchemists.  To explore these parallels I decided to create a lunchbox for an imaginary alchemist.  The accordion book combines my interpretations of ancient alchemical symbols and processes with images and information about the most common current GMO crops; including quotes from experts (both pro and con) on the GMO debate.  The tulip fold book is a riff on old botanic illustrations with a Frankensteinian twist.  The pamphlet book contains my poems, using the four alchemical elements as a starting point.

 Mari Gower

Award for Excellence:
Lucia Harrison, Old Growth

photo credit: Lucia Harrison

photo credit: Lucia Harrison

When standing in an old growth forest, you feel a false sense of stability.  Beneath your feet are layers o moss, hemlock and cedar needles, lichen cones, fern fronds, and elk droppings.  Interpreting the text of a soil profile reveals layers of old growth forests altered by geologic forces: fire, flood, volcanic eruption and lahar.  Even the bedrock lies upon shifting tectonic plates.

Lucia Harrison

 

 

Without the strength of membership,  the Puget Sound Book Artists  would not be able to attain its mission to further the knowledge, practice and understanding of the art of the book by means of educational activities including lectures, workshops, and exhibits.  Congratulations to  all of the participating artists for a beautiful exhibition and Thank you to the entire membership for your contributions to the organization.  We would not be here without you.

Below are a few of the  photographs taken during the night of the reception, June 5th, 2014.

A birds eye view of the 2014 PSBA Member's Exhibition

A birds eye view of the 2014 PSBA Member’s Exhibition at Collins Library
photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

Katie Henningsen (left) poses with Laura Russell, recipient of the Collins Library Award. hoto credit: Mark Hoppmann

Katie Henningsen (left) poses with Laura Russell, recipient of the Collins Library Award.
photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

Margaret Bullock poses with Lucia Harrison, recipient of the Award for Excellence. photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

Margaret Bullock poses with Lucia Harrison, recipient of the Award for Excellence.
photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

Curators (from left to right) Pat Chupa, An Gates, Deborah Greenwood, and Elizabeth Walsh. photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

Curators (from left to right)
Pat Chupa, An Gates, Deborah Greenwood, and Elizabeth Walsh.
photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

(From left to right) Jane Carlin, Director of Collin Memorial Library stands with MalPina Chan and Laura Russell photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

(From left to right) Jane Carlin, Director of Collins Memorial Library stands with MalPina Chan and Laura Russell
photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

Jane Carlin speaks to a Girl Scout troop in the rare books room of Collins Memorial Library the evening of the reception for the PSBA Member's Exhibition. photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

Jane Carlin speaks to a Girl Scout troop in the rare books room of Collins Memorial Library the evening of the reception for the PSBA Member’s Exhibition.
photo credit: Mark Hoppmann

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